Coalition Proposes Alternate CBRS Auction Plan, Licenses by County and Census Tract

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A coalition of 11 carriers and corporations, eight industry associations and the nation’s largest port authority have sent the FCC an auction proposal for the CBRS spectrum band that represents a middle ground between rules currently in place and a proposal submitted recently by organizations...Learn More

FCC Levies $120M Robocall Fine, Its Largest Ever

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The FCC says that it has upheld a proposed fine of $120 million to Adrian Abramovich for malicious spoofing related to a robocall scheme. The FCC robocall fine is the largest ever levied by the FCC. The FCC robocall fine, which originally was proposed in...Learn More

FCC Poised to Free Up 2.5 GHz EBS Spectrum for Broadband, Primarily in Rural Areas

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The FCC is getting set to free up as much as 194 MHz of unused spectrum in the educational broadband service (EBS) band, primarily in rural areas. The EBS spectrum is in the 2.5 GHz band and potentially could support fixed wireless broadband service, although...Learn More

Can New CBRS Alliance OnGo Brand & Certification Do for CBRS What Wi-Fi Did for Wireless LAN?

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The CBRS Alliance today launched brand and certification programs under the “OnGo” brand that are aimed at enhancing the interoperability of wireless equipment operating in the CBRS spectrum band with the goal of achieving broader adoption. A press release emphasizes CBRS applications involving private LTE...Learn More

USTelecom Says Telecom Unbundling Regulations are Outmoded; Competitors Say They Need Those UNEs

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USTelecom has filed a forbearance petition with the FCC, asking the commission to eliminate a requirement for larger ILECs to offer unbundled network elements at regulated prices. According to a blog post from USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter, telecom unbundling regulations currently enable competitive...Learn More

Pai Gets Political on USF Funding Cuts

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When the Universal Service Administration Company issued budget figures for the Universal Service Fund high-cost program yesterday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai took the opportunity to blame USF funding cuts on the previous administration and attempted to drum up support for alternative budget control mechanisms proposed...Learn More

High-Stakes Broadband Drama at FCC as CTIA, CCA Float Compromise CBRS Proposal, But WISPA Begs to Differ

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Two organizations representing mobile wireless service providers have sent a letter to the FCC with what they called a “compromise proposal” for the planned auction of citizens band radio service (CBRS) licenses in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band. The compromise CBRS proposal comes from CTIA...Learn More

FCC Takes First Steps Toward C-Band Shared Spectrum with Possible Implications for CBRS

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As stakeholders continue to debate the fate of CBRS band spectrum, the FCC yesterday took the first steps toward opening spectrum in the neighboring C-band for use on a shared basis with existing license holders that use the spectrum for fixed satellite service (FSS). Wireless...Learn More

5G Spectrum Auction Plans Come Into Focus with FCC 28 GHz & 24 GHz Proposals

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The FCC today proposed to begin conducting an auction of spectrum in the 28 GHz band on November 14. A 24 GHz auction would commence as soon as the 28 GHz auction is completed. Both spectrum bands are considered well suited for fifth-generation 5G wireless...Learn More

FCC Tackles Rural Carrier Issues Including Business Data Services, Call Completion

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The FCC took action today on three issues impacting rural carriers. At today’s monthly FCC meeting, the commission adopted new call completion rules and proposed others. In addition, the commission proposed to deregulate business data services provided by certain rate-of-return (ROR) carriers and proposed to...Learn More

Behind the T-Mobile $40 Million Rural Call Completion Settlement

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T-Mobile has agreed to pay $40 million into the U.S. Treasury and has admitted to violating FCC call completion rules in rural areas. The T-Mobile rural call completion settlement also will require the company to establish a compliance plan. T-Mobile Rural Call Completion Settlement For...Learn More

CWA: 14K Workers Are Prepared to Strike Against AT&T

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AT&T contracts with AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy workers expired over the weekend and the Communications Workers of America union, which represents the workers, said workers are prepared for an AT&T strike if progress at the bargaining table is not made. The contracts cover 14,000...Learn More

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