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.
Now that the deadline has passed for sending comments to the FCC on its proposed new rules for net neutrality, a key debate is emerging over whether the rules should apply equally to wireless networks and wired ones. Wireless carriers, which had been exempt from most net-neutrality rules covering wired ISPs that passed in 2010, are digging in their heels against the new regulations, while the FCC notes that the question remains an open one.
This year's CTIA show may have been dampened by a number of competing events such as Apple's iPhone 6 launch event in Cupertino, Calif., on Sept. 9, the opening day of the show, but there were a number of key trends that emerged, including connected car, rural wireless consolidation and Wi-Fi calling.
Next week is the debut of Super Mobility Week, CTIA's merger of its two annual trade shows into one "super" wireless industry event. Super Mobility Week's success is dependent upon support from CTIA members and the entire North American wireless industry. Will it have that support?
A clear pattern is emerging among the world's top smartphones makers as September comes into view: Almost none of them are going to use CTIA's Super Mobility Week trade show as the official launch vehicle for their latest phones and wearable devices.