CTIA President Meredith Attwell Baker thinks that the FCC's AWS-3 and 600 MHz incentive spectrum auctions will provide a springboard for wireless growth, but that getting more spectrum for mobile broadband beyond the auctions is going to be difficult.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, and T-Mobile US agreed to team with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials and the National Emergency Number Association to improve the indoor location accuracy of 911 calls over the next six years.
A group of smaller, regional carriers has come out against reclassifying broadband as Title II common carrier service. The stance, the latest action in the ongoing net neutrality debate, aligns the smaller carriers with their larger wireless carrier rivals on the issue.
President Barack Obama called on the FCC to create the "strongest possible" regulations to ensure net neutrality. Importantly, the president said the rules should apply to wireless networks as well as wireline ones, but he acknowledged that wireless networks are different than wired ones.
CTIA's 2015 Super Mobility Week will take place Sept. 9-11 in Las Vegas but some of the trade group's partners, which it secured for its revamped 2014 event, are uncertain about whether or not they will return and be part of the trade association's conference next year.
Americans pay an average rate of 17 percent in combined federal, state and local taxes and fees on wireless service, according to a new study from the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The group said the figure comprises a 5.82 percent federal rate and an average 11.23 percent state-local tax rate.
The steadily rising numbers of antenna sites for cellular networks, many of which are being deployed in stealth fashion for aesthetic appeal, are raising eyebrows among those concerned about the impacts of excessive radio-frequency (RF) radiation.
The FCC is making its formal pitch to TV broadcasters in an effort to get them to relinquish their 600 MHz spectrum for next year's planned incentive auction, arguing that the one-in-a-lifetime auction could deliver billions of dollars to broadcasters throughout the country. For the first time the FCC is making public its estimates for how much money broadcast stations in different markets will get if they give up their airwaves.
The roiling debate over net neutrality rules got another jolt Wednesday when two of the FCC's Democratic commissioners pushed for strong net neutrality regulations, and one indicated that strict net neutrality rules should apply to wireless as well as wireline networks. Meanwhile, the CTIA and wireless carriers continued to push back against the notion that the regulations should cover mobile technologies.
The U.S. mobile broadband experience is the stuff of lore around the world, in part due to the smartphone revolution that started here, enabled by large, reliable wireless networks and innovative pricing strategies. The U.S. was also the first to roll out fully commercial large-scale LTE networks that offered significantly higher speeds than ever before, and still leads the world in LTE subscribers and deployment.