Sprint said it will merge its Assurance Wireless brand with Access Wireless in a tie-up of Lifeline service providers.
While everyone pretty much agrees that releasing more spectrum is good, the experimental nature the FCC is taking with the 3.5 GHz band isn't making all wireless carriers jump with joy. In fact, CTIA says the FCC failed to put into place appropriate incentives and protections for licensed users and risks undermining the success of its spectrum sharing model.
Shentel's wireline network success in the first quarter, which contributed to the provider's net income rise of 35 percent year over year to $13.9 million, was driven by fiber sales to schools via the FCC's E-Rate program and to wireless operators in its region.
The incentive auction of prized 600 MHz spectrum still faces some major challenges, but the FCC is clearly off to a good start.
The FCC today announced it will be able to offer a whopping 126 MHz, or 10 paired blocks, of licensed spectrum on a near-nationwide basis in the forward portion of its 600 MHz incentive auction. That's a huge victory for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and it potentially creates an opening for a new wireless carrier to launch in the United States.
A divided FCC voted to move forward with reforms of so-called "special access" lines, marking a big win for T-Mobile and Sprint and perhaps forestalling price hikes as 5G networks eventually come online.
Having had a chance to review the conditions agreed to by Charter Communications in exchange for FCC approval of its Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks purchases, media investment analyst Craig Moffett has deemed them livable.
The FCC today announced an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz for the 600 MHz incentive auction, a figure that represents the maximum amount of spectrum the commission had hoped to offer.
Charter Communications is poised to gain more market share in the small to medium and larger enterprise business markets-- two segments where it is still a young player.
Pivoting course on the terse response he issued last week when Comcast announced it was integrating its set-top functionality into Samsung smart TVs and Roku streaming devices, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler offered backhanded praise for the MSO's new "Program Partners" initiative. He said the plan is exactly the kind of strategy he hopes will become ubiquitous once his "Unlock the Box" proposal becomes law.