Well, that didn't take long. Broadband industry trade group USTelecom and a small Texas-based ISP, Alamo Broadband, filed lawsuits challenging the FCC's recently approved net neutrality rules. However, the petitions are likely going to be tossed out for being filed too early.
T-Mobile US MVNO Solavei, which is seeking to emerge from bankruptcy protection in the next few weeks, plans to expand to Mexico and other Latin American markets later this year, according to CEO Ryan Wuerch. The company also plans to launch new offerings on its Solavei Marketplace program by the end of June.
Verizon Communications, AT&T, Comcast and other carriers and ISPs are likely going to let industry trade associations take up the legal fight against the FCC and sue the agency over its net neutrality rules, according to a Reuters report.
Six months after T-Mobile US MVNO Solavei announced it was going to launch into a new phase of its development, the company said it filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan to merge with ASPIDER, a Netherlands-based Infrastructure as a Service provider that works with mobile operators. Terms of the deal remain confidential.
The FCC published its full net neutrality rules and gave wireless carriers insight into three key elements of the regulations: what constitutes "reasonable network management;" how future wireless data practices will be evaluated to make sure they comply with the rules; and why wireless networks are covered in the first place.
Bell Mobility, Eastlink, Telus, Videotron and Wind Mobile were the winners in the Canadian government's auction of AWS-3 spectrum licenses, spending a combined total of $2.6 billion in the event. Rogers, one of Canada's largest wireless carriers, was conspicuous in its absence from the list of winning carriers. The results of Canada's auction are notable considering the U.S. government recently raised a record $44.9 billion in its own AWS-3 spectrum auction.
Under the FCC's newly approved net neutrality rules, wireless carriers and other ISPs will not have to go the agency and ask permission every time they want to introduce a new offering or mobile broadband plan, such as a new zero-rating plan, according to FCC officials.
WASHINGTON--The FCC voted, 3-2, to codify new net neutrality regulations for wireless and wireline networks that would bar blocking and throttling of content and ban carriers and ISPs from striking deals with content companies to zip their content faster to consumers. In doing so, the FCC is reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, instead of a lightly-regulated information service, a move that carriers and ISPs have said will stifle innovation.
I think wireless carriers need more oversight than they have had--they deserve it after years of failing to provide data usage alerts and being unclear on throttling policies, among other harms to consumers. And wireless customers need protections than they have been afforded in the past. But I don't think the FCC should be playing traffic cop (no pun intended) with carriers' business models.
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, AT&T announced that it would open up its Digital Life home automation and security platform to third-party products. The company also launched its M2X Data Service platform for the Internet of Things as a commercial product, and the carrier unveiled a rollover data plan. At CES, FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein caught up with AT&T Mobility CMO David Christopher to talk about rising competition in the wireless market, opportunities in the connected car and home markets, and more. Here is an edited version of that conversation.