FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated in his first major policy address as chairman that one of the agency's key goals is ensuring that all carriers have enough spectrum to compete and operate their networks.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he is proud of his background in the wireless industry, but that his goal now is to look out for the American people and ensure effective competition. He also said one of his main priorities right now is ensuring that broadcasters relinquish enough of their wireless spectrum to guarantee the success of the agency's upcoming incentive auctions, which could come to define his tenure as chairman.
Although those in the European wireless industry offered a tepid to downbeat reaction to Neelie Kroes' proposal to reshape the telecoms market by, among other things, ending roaming charges and instituting some net neutrality rules, some analysts believe the scheme is a "pragmatic compromise" that will be largely benign to most mobile operators.
The long-awaited court fight over net neutrality has finally arrived: Verizon Communications and the FCC are set to square off in federal court today over the FCC's open Internet rules, with the fate of net neutrality for wireless and wired networks in the balance.
The European Union's approach to net neutrality has come in for some ferocious bashing from citizen groups such as La Quadrature du Net, which in turn led to a heated exchange on Twitter between La Quadrature du Net and the EU's digital commissioner, Neelie Kroes, and her team.
AT&T Mobility has begun enabling Apple's FaceTime video chatting service over its cellular network for customers who have an LTE-capable iPhone 5 and an unlimited data plan, according to an AT&T spokesman.
Operators would not be allowed to block or throttle VoIP and messaging services such as Skype if planned net neutrality rules are adopted across the European Union by next Easter.
The European Union's digital chief, Neelie Kroes, made headlines this week with vote-winning pledges to abolish roaming fees next year. At the same time, the GSMA said the European market has lost its way compared to the U.S. mobile market, and partly blames EU regulatory policies that it says "have resulted in a fragmented market structure."
The European Union's digital commissioner, Neelie Kroes, unveiled plans to end mobile roaming charges in Europe by 2014 and bring about net neutrality across the Continent, as she pressed ahead with her vision for a single telecoms market by next year.
Fueling the fire surrounding the likelihood of toll-free data coming to the U.S. market soon, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo told investors at a Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications conference today that content providers are starting to see the value in paying the wireless operator for the data consumed by their subscribers when they view their content via a mobile device.