Tag Archives: FCC

Net Neutrality rules now available for the public to read

This morning, the FCC’s full Net Neutrality order has been published. If you want to read it, I’d suggest giving yourself a day or two to work your way through it. The openly available PDF file is around 400 pages long and will almost certainly send you to sleep at least once. Following this link will open the document directly on your browser. Net Neutrality is one of those stories … [read full article]

Net Neutrality rules shouldn’t impact T-Mobile’s Music Freedom offer

It wasn’t long ago that the FCC finally announced what American consumers nationwide wanted to hear: Internet was being re-classified and net neutrality is coming in. At least, that’s the plan. Once classed as a utility under Title II, internet – both mobile and fixed line – will be open and competitive and big corporations won’t be able to pay ISPs a premium … [read full article]

T-Mobile-friendly Microsoft device shows up in FCC, new Lumia incoming?

If there’s one thing we’re short on in the world of T-Mobile devices, it’s big Windows Phones. But, there’s a small glimmer of hope shining from FCC filings which could indicate that’s about to change. In a filing made by Microsoft, there’s a device that’s been tested on a number of LTE and HSPA bands. All of which point to a device compatible with T-Mobile’s airwaves. The device was tested on band 2 (1900MHz) LTE and WCDMA,  Band 4 … [read full article]

New carrier phone unlock regulation active from today

Although the agreement made between carriers and the FCC was virtually finalized in 2013, carriers from today can’t say no to customer requests to unlock their phones. Providing they are no longer under contract, or have any installments to pay. Once unlocked, you’re free to use your handset on which ever compatible carrier your heart desires. Up until now, carriers only had to meet three of six criteria set out in the agreement. … [read full article]

FCC’s estimated bids for upcoming 600MHz auction “undervalues” spectrum according to broadcasters

Last Friday, the FCC updated information on its upcoming 2016 broadcast incentive auction, increasing the estimated opening bids from an estimate released in October. However, the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition, a broadcaster group, believes that the value predicted is far too low. These opening bid estimates are in relation to the first part of the two-part auction, due to take place in early 2016. This first part will be a “reverse” auction … [read full article]

FCC Chairman announces plans to re-classify internet as utility

A big topic in the tech industry throughout 2014 was “net neutrality”. Partly helped by THAT John Oliver video. There were concerns that internet, both mobile and fixed line, was being  corrupted by big players who sought to reward content/service providers with being on “fast lanes” if they paid enough for the privilege. Under a net neutrality law, the internet is an open and equal space for any site, content or … [read full article]

FCC AWS-3 spectrum auction comes to a close with $44.9 billion in bids

It’s officially over! The FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction has officially come to an end, and it was a biggie. The AWS-3 spectrum auction closed with after 341 rounds of bidding, with the total of winning bids finished at $44.899 billion. That’s substantially more than previous spectrum auctions. For example, the AWS-1 auction that took place in 2006 finished at $13.7 billion, while the 700MHz auction in 2008 ended at $18.9 … [read full article]