As the FCC works to finalize rules for next year's incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, the lobbyists who work for the Tier 1 wireless carriers are seeing a booming industry.
AT&T Mobility is shutting down its location-based "Alerts" text-message-based marketing program at the end of the month and plans to release an updated version of the service later this year.
Verizon Wireless and Dish Network are battling over whether the forthcoming auction of AWS-3 spectrum should include rules that require interoperability with Dish's AWS-4 airwaves.
T-Mobile US warned the FCC not to structure the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction in such a way that it would tilt the playing field toward AT&T and Verizon Wireless. AT&T recently praised a tentative, but not final, license structure and band plan for the auction.
AT&T is cheering the FCC's proposed plans for the forthcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, but the FCC's rules for spectrum license size and band plan are not yet final or public.
Next week the Competitive Carriers Association kicks off its annual spring show, this time in San Antonio, Texas, and attendees can expect keynote presentations from SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Roger Sherman, the new chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. (Sherman is filling in for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was scheduled to keynote the CCA event but instead now has to testify before Congress.) And key topics at the CCA event will include how to ensure smaller carriers can fully participate in the FCC's upcoming spectrum auctions, as well as how LTE roaming will work, whether competitive carriers will be able to offer Voice over LTE technology, and how they can offload data to Wi-Fi networks.
AT&T Mobility is rolling out a new advertising campaign called "Better Network" aimed at illustrating how exactly it is improving coverage and capacity on its wireless network.
T-Mobile US is taking on Verizon Wireless in terms of advertising and an LTE network expansion, arguing that Verizon's ads on network coverage are misleading. The carrier is making that claim in connection with a major LTE network coverage push of its own.
Prepaid subscribers at AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US are being overcharged for voice minutes they use, according to a Washington Post report. Essentially, prepaid customers who pay for voice calls by the minute are being charged for more minutes than they think they are using. This is most notably evident in the fact that even calls that end before one minute of voice airtime is used up are getting treated as two-minute calls.
Verizon Wireless launched a customer loyalty program earlier this year called Smart Rewards, which allows customers to accumulate points and then use those points toward discounts on the purchase of various goods and services. The carrier is preparing to take the service nationwide, a launch that could happen as soon as April 1, according to a person familiar with the company's plans.