The second-quarter earnings season is over, and it's time to take stock of how things have shaken out. Special report
The FCC voted to require all wireless carriers and certain over-the-top messaging providers support text-to-911 services by the end of the year. However, only a tiny number of 911-answering centers across the country currently support text-to-911 service, and wireless carriers are worried that too many OTT messaging apps will be exempted from the rules because of technical concerns.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US think that over-the-top messaging application providers should be solely responsible for complying with any requirements the FCC places on the apps to support text-to-911 procedures. Not surprisingly, they argued that wireless carriers should not be involved in ensuring OTT compliance.
Verizon Wireless hit back hard against the Find Me 911 Coalition, arguing to the FCC that the group was spreading "misleading" information about how often Verizon provides the most precise location information needed for dispatchers and first responders to find callers. Verizon told the FCC that it "does not take lightly such allegations and undertook an internal review of its own performance data in response to the claims."
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.