Now that it's owned by T-Mobile US, MetroPCS has decided to drop its lawsuit against the FCC's net neutrality rules for wireless and wired networks, leaving Verizon Wireless as the sole challenger to the rules.
Sports media giant ESPN has talked with at least one large U.S. carrier about subsidizing wireless access to its content, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal . The discussions could lead to a "toll-free" data plans with carriers and open up new revenue streams for both parties.
Robert McDowell, one of the two Republican FCC commissioners, said he will resign from his post in the next few weeks, ending a tenure of nearly seven years at the commission. He was first appointed in 2006 and was reappointed in 2009.
The 700 MHz band is a mess created by the pursuit of a regulatory fantasy, aggravated by an artificial deadline provided by law, and compounded by the desire to please everyone and hurt nobody.
AT&T Mobility announced it will expand access to Apple's FaceTime over cellular to customers on tiered data plans at no additional cost. Previously, the videochatting service was limited to AT&T's iOS users with an AT&T Mobile Share plan or LTE-capable devices.
Interest group Public Knowledge is rallying against AT&T Mobility's femtocell terms of service, arguing the carrier's approach to tallying users' data consumption runs against the FCC's net neutrality provisions.
A federal appeals court upheld the FCC's rules requiring data roaming, dealing a blow to Verizon Wireless, which had sued to block the rules under the argument that the FCC overstepped its authority in passing them.
AT&T Mobility said it will offer Apple's FaceTime video calling feature over cellular at no extra charge to customers using LTE devices. For example, iPhone 5 customers without Mobile Share data plans will soon be able to use the service without an additional fee.
President Obama and Mitt Romney face off today in a presidential election with much at stake, and voters are likely to make their decision based on the economy and other major issues. However, the two candidates offer sharply contrasting visions on net neutrality rules and other technology policy questions.
Public interest groups Free Press, Public Knowledge and the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute said they will file a formal complaint against AT&T Mobility for violating the FCC's net neutrality rules. The groups argue that AT&T's decision to offer Apple's FaceTime video calling feature over cellular at no extra charge only to its Mobile Share data plan customers contravenes the FCC's Open Internet rules.