The FCC is expected to mandate that all wireless carriers and over-the-top messaging providers offer text-to-911 services, but it's unclear when that mandate will go into effect.
New FCC data shows that around nine out of ten wireless 911 calls made in Washington, D.C., in the first half of 2013 were delivered without the most precise location information needed for dispatchers and first responders to find callers.
Americans continue to ditch their landline service in favor of wireless, according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the rate of which U.S. households are eliminating landline service has slowed down from recent years, the data shows.
As the FCC continues to stream a flood of comments on its net neutrality proposal, one aspect that will likely get more attention than it did in 2010 when the commission last tried to craft rules on the issue is whether wireless networks should be put on equal footing with wired ones.
WASHINGTON--The FCC voted to approve draft net neutrality rules that would re-examine whether to treat wireless networks differently from wired broadband networks as the commission seeks to craft new rules that would ensure consumers get equal access to all Internet content.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to circulate a draft proposal on new net neutrality regulations that could allow broadband providers to give preferential treatment to traffic from some content providers who pay for the privilege on "commercially reasonable terms." However, the new proposal would not apply to wireless carriers, according to an FCC official familiar with the proposal.
T-Mobile US introduced a low-end $40 plan and promised other competitive moves in the days ahead as it seeks to continue shaking up the market with its "uncarrier" push.
Cable operators looking to expand the reach of their content should consider partnering with wireless carriers to get their content onto mobile screens, according to an analyst that covers the pay-TV and over-the-top content space.
The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the fourth quarter of 2013 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier. The subscriber figures include both retail and wholesale customers. As the fourth-quarter reporting season comes to a close, it's time to start parsing the information to see which carriers slipped and which managed to get ahead.
BARCELONA, Spain--Wireless operators for years have been worrying about over-the-top service providers. Indeed, OTT services are the main reason that wireless carriers in the United States and elsewhere launched unlimited calling and texting pricing plans--they were a way to remove the leverage that services like iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger had over users. Why shift your communications to WhatsApp when your wireless carrier already offers unlimited calling and text messaging?