Posts Tagged ‘Rural Cellular Association’

RCA Calls on FCC to Reject Reverse Auctions

FCC, Universal Service May 25th, 2011

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 – The Rural Cellular Association issued a statement on Monday encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to reject reverse auctions and seek Congressional authority to institute Universal Service Fund reform.

Sprint Joins Rural Cellular Association

Media ownership, Spectrum, Wireless April 21st, 2011

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2011 – At the group’s annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Rural Cellular Association CEO, Steven Berry, announced the addition of wireless carrier, Sprint to the RCA.

“This is a very timely addition to RCA’s membership, and a stronger membership will certainly help ensure that our voices are heard at the Federal Communications Commission, on Capitol Hill, and at the White House and other parts of the Executive Branch,” said Berry through a joint statement released this week.

New America Foundation and Consumers Union Discuss Wireless Interoperability

FCC, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless April 18th, 2011

WASHINGTON April 18, 2011 – The New America Foundation, in cooperation with the Consumers Union, gathered representatives from the leading wireless services providers and consumers groups on Wednesday to discuss how requiring mobile broadband service providers to interoperate would affect consumer choice and pricing.

Expert Opinion: How to Bring More Handsets to More Carriers

Broadband's Impact, Congress, Expert Opinion, FCC, Mobile Broadband, Public Safety, Spectrum, Wireless March 15th, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 – Despite fanfare regarding the end of exclusivity for the Apple iPhone with the launch of a CDMA version, the reality is that many carriers are still unable to attain certain devices. While the majority of current subscribers now have access to the once-exclusive iPhone, because AT&T and Verizon have been allowed to create a duopoly in the wireless industry, from a competition standpoint, AT&T and Verizon are the only two carriers with access to the device. Translation: Less than 2 percent of domestic wireless carriers have access to one of the nation’s most coveted devices.

Just as the iPhone is not the only smartphone on the market, it is also not the only device that is unavailable to consumers. Due to exclusive handset arrangements, consumers are left to choose between robust coverage where they live or the latest hot device they desire.

Broadband Breakfast Club Discusses How To Bring More Handsets to More Wireless Carriers

Broadband TV, Wireless February 22nd, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2011 – After Apple recently broke its exclusivity agreement with AT&T and brought the iPhone to Verizon, our panel discusses whether consumers suffer from a lack of choice in handsets between carriers what effects that may have on the wireless marketplace. Additionally, the panel explores the implications of exclusivity agreements on the consumer and the law and debates the future of these agreements.

MetroPCS Joins Rural Cellular Association

Wireless February 18th, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2011 – The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) announced Friday that wireless provider MetroPCS had joined the association.

Verizon Breaks iPhone Exclusivity; Paves Way for Smaller Carriers

Mobile Broadband, Wireless January 25th, 2011

NEW YORK, January 25, 2011 – Verizon announced earlier this month that it declined to sign an exclusive deal with Apple to carry the iPhone, opening the door for other carriers to introduce the popular handset on their own networks. The new arrangement with Verizon breaks a three-year exclusivity deal between AT&T and Apple. The […]

Public Safety, Industry Representatives Clash On Reallocation Of D Block

Broadband Calendar, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum November 18th, 2010

Public safety leaders and industry lobbyists clashed today during a Washington breakfast on whether the 700 megahertz band D block should be reallocated to public safety or reauctioned.

During the sometimes-testy Broadband Breakfast Club event, the speakers disagreed on whether public safety agencies need control over additional spectrum, with the industry representatives pointing to narrowband channels currently licensed to public safety and the public safety officials stressing the need for that spectrum for narrowband voice operations for years to come.

Does Public Safety Need More New Wireless Spectrum for Broadband?

Broadband Calendar, Broadband TV, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum November 18th, 2010

WASHINGTON, November 18, 2010 – Several sharp exchanges between wireless carriers and public safety officials punctuated the debate on Tuesday at November’s Broadband Breakfast Club. released the free video of the event on Thursday.

Broadband Breakfast Club Considers Key Divide in Public Safety Spectrum: Re-allocation Vs. Re-auction

Broadband Calendar, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum November 14th, 2010

WASHINGTON, November 14, 2010 – presents Broadband Breakfast Club event “Public Safety’s Role in and the Need for Better Quality Broadband,” on Tuesday, November 16. The debate will pit advocates of re-allocated public safety spectrum with those who would re-auction such spectrum, and the event will be moderated by Paul Kirby, Senior Editor at TR Daily.

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