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January 2011

Mobile Broadband/Wireless

AT&T Brings Back Unlimited iPhone Data Plan – For Some

WASHINGTON, January 28, 2011 - Wireless provider AT&T has reportedly begun allowing some of its iPhone customers to switch to an unadvertised unlimited data plan in an apparent effort to retain customers just ahead of competitor Verizon's launch of the popular handset. Apple fan sites are reporting that the AT&T's customer service has offered them an unlimited plan to customers threatening to switch to Verizon. Verizon confirmed Tuesday that it will offer the iPhone 4 with an unlimited data plan beginning early next month. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

Innovation, Internet Loom Large in State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2011 - President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night, noting several times the importance of advancing America’s Internet technology, both for the sake of improving the economy and to secure America’s place as the world leader of digital innovation. In his speech, Obama promised to invest in… Keep Reading

Congress/FCC/Net Neutrality

Cantwell Introduces Pro-Net Neutrality Legislation

WASHINGTON, January 25, 2011 - Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced legislation Tuesday to strengthen Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net-neutrality rules. The Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011 is co-sponsored by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who, along with Cantwell, asserted that the Open Internet Order rules handed down by the agency last… Keep Reading

FCC Establishes LTE Standard for Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

WASHINGTON, January 25, 2011 - The FCC issued an order Tuesday at its January open meeting that set a 4G common standard for a nationwide, interoperable, public safety mobile broadband network. The Order, which addressed changes recommended by the 9/11 Commission Report, would require the use of a Long Term Evolution (LTE) air interface in… Keep Reading

Rockefeller to Focus on Fraud, Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2011 - The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV), released his legislative agenda for the upcoming year on Friday. The senator plans to prioritize three broad areas: economic security and growth, proactive homeland security and consumer protection. “In the new Congress,” said Rockefeller… Keep Reading

MetroPCS Accused of Violating Open Internet Order

Consumer groups sent a letter to the FCC last week accusing low-cost carrier, MetroPCS, of violating the Open Internet Order by limiting user access to services. The Center for Media Justice, Free Press, Media Access Project, New America Foundation and Presente.org submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission stating MetroPCS is causing a new digital divide… Keep Reading

Congressional Action on Telecommunications Act in Question at Broadband Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2011 - After 15 years of explosive growth and innovation in telecommunications since the last major revision, the 112th Congress is faced with the question of whether the law is keeping up with technology. On Tuesday, our panelists discussed whether Congress should consider another overhaul of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and whether it is politically viable to do so at 2011's first Broadband Breakfast Club. Keep Reading

Net Neutrality

Eshoo Named Ranking Member of Communications, Tech and Internet Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2011 - The House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats released subcommittee assignments this evening, naming Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-14) as ranking member of the Communications, Technology and Internet subcommittee for the 112th Congress. The subcommittee holds legislative jurisdiction over all matters involving telecommunications, including oversight of the FCC, cable, broadcast, voice telephony and the Internet. Keep Reading

E-Rate Report: Speed Problems Linger

WASHINGTON - A widely supported program intended to subsidize internet access for schools and libraries continues to fall short of its goals, according to a recent report from the Federal Communications Commission. The E-Rate program offers subsidies for schools and libraries to obtain broadband connectivity, but due to administrative hurdles most recipients respondenting to an… Keep Reading

Universal Service

Fifth Circuit Rules USF Contributions Income

TEXAS - Companies receiving state and federal Universal Service Funds (USF) must pay federal income tax on those funds, according to a judgment from the Fifth Circuit earlier this month. The appellate court upheld a summary dismissal from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against AT&T on a claim for the… Keep Reading

FCC Approves Comcast-NBCU Merger

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday afternoon that it had come to an agreement with Comcast and NBC Universal to approve the merger of the two companies. The Commission gave the merger the go ahead after the companies agreed to a number of conditions, among them adherence to the FCC's recent Open Internet… Keep Reading

LTE Growing Faster Than Ever

Long Term Evolution is growing faster than any other mobile platform in history, according to a recent report from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). The GSA report includes both variants of LTE: Time Division Duplex and Frequency Division Duplex.  Mobile carriers are developing 128 networks in 52 nations and conducting another 52 trials. TeliaSonera, which… Keep Reading

T-Mobile UK Limits Usage to 500MB

T-Mobile UK has announced a major change in the content which their users will be allowed to access. In an effort to alleviate congestion on the network users will have unlimited access up to 500MB. After that point users will no longer be able to access streaming video or download content they will however still… Keep Reading

Wireless

No More Cell Phone Service For California’s State Employees

As millions of cell phone subscribers considered the exciting option of signing up for an iPhone on Verizon Wireless' network Tuesday, California government employees for their part were hit with the news that their work-related cell phones would be rescinded as Governor Jerry Brown embarks on his budget-cutting odyssey. Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

FCC Issues Open Internet Challenge

The Federal Communications Commission launched a program Friday challenging the public to create an application that will  provide third-party verification that internet service providers do not violate the Commission's recent Open Internet Order. The Order supplied rules but did not identify a mechanism or tool for the collection of data necessary to identify a violation. “This… Keep Reading

FCC/Mobile Broadband/Wireless

4G is 4G… Or Is It?

With the growth of mobile broadband the availability of 4G is becoming more important to consumers; however the term 4G is being used so differently by each of the mobile providers that soon it may be very difficult for consumers to compare mobile broadband offerings. As 4G networks are deployed, the definition and understanding of… Keep Reading

Wireless Industry, Broadcasters Clash over Incentive Auctions at CES

LAS VEGAS, January 10, 2011 - Industry and government representatives debated the future of spectrum policy during a panel discussion at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Friday and highlighted the controversy over the FCC's proposed incentive auctions. Rick Boucher introduced the discussion with a prepared statement explaining the need to free up more spectrum for mobile broadband use and promoting both voluntary incentive auctions as well as the re-auction of the D-block, a controversial segment of spectrum. Boucher served as the Chair of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet during the 111th Congress. Keep Reading

Chairman Genachowski Outlines FCC Goals at Consumer Electronics Show

LAS VEGAS, January 10, 2011 - FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski highlighted the Commission's successes in the 111th Congress and looked to its goals in the 112th during a discussion with at the Consumer Electronics Show on Friday. The conversation between the Chairman and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) CEO, Gary Shapiro, took place in front of a crowd of hundreds of tech industry representatives, analysts and journalists at the Las Vegas Convention Center and focused almost entirely on the need for sound, progressive mobile broadband policy. Keep Reading

Mobile Broadband/Wireless

Las Vegas: Ground Zero For the Battle of 4G Wireless Technologies

LAS VEGAS, January 10, 2011 - After last week's slew of press conferences and unveilings, the latest new products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) left little doubt: 2011 will be "The Year of 4G." In fact, CES 2011 was as much about the networks as it was about the devices themselves. As the Tech Industry's leaders rolled out a host of new offerings, nearly every big announcement boasted 4G-ready or 4G-upgradable devices. Keep Reading

BroadbandBreakfast.com Announces Winter 2011 Breakfast Topics

WASHINGTON, January 7, 2011 – The Washington-based internet and intellectual property policy news and events service, BroadbandBreakfast.com, http://broadbandbreakfast.com, announces its Winter 2011 series of events (January through February) for the Intellectual Property and Broadband Breakfast Clubs. All breakfast club events are held at Clyde's of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, in the Piedmont Room. Events begin at 8 a.m., with both American and continental breakfast served, and end at 10 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to join in onthe breakfast discussions. Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

CES Panel Debates Net Neutrality, With Carriers Complaining About FCC Rules

LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2011 - Government and industry representatives gathered Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show for a panel discussion on the merits of the FCC's recent Open Internet Order and its effects on the broadband industry. Cecilia Kang of the Washington Post moderated the panel, instigating discussions ranging from whether the FCC had the appropriate authority to issue the Order, to what impact participants felt it would have on the future of the Internet. Keep Reading

Mobile Broadband/Wireless

AT&T Announces 4G Update

AT&T has updated their 4G schedule to rollout field trials by the end of the year. John Stankey, president and CEO, AT&T Operations said: “AT&T has a key advantage in that LTE is an evolution of the existing GSM family of technologies that powers our network and the vast majority of the world’s global wireless… Keep Reading

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