CCA to FCC: Verizon's Straight Path deal is anti-competitive | FCC ponders: Can cell service substitute for fixed broadband? | Coalition assails Sinclair/Tribune deal
August 17, 2017
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CCA to FCC: Verizon's Straight Path deal is anti-competitive
Competitive Carriers Association has asked federal regulators to deny Verizon's attempt to buy Straight Path Communications' millimeter wave licenses and requested that they be auctioned off instead. CCA told the Federal Communications Commission that the deal would prevent smaller carriers from competing effectively for 5G services in rural and isolated areas.
FierceWireless (8/14) 
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Tour iQmetrix's Wireless Store Experience at MWCA
Attending Mobile World Congress Americas Sept. 12-14? Don't miss out on touring iQmetrix's one-of-a-kind wireless store. Visitors will be able to walk through the mock store to see how wireless retailers and repair shops can redefine retail and create amazing experiences. Book a tour.
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FCC ponders: Can cell service substitute for fixed broadband?
The Federal Communications Commission is asking whether households that receive only cellular wireless service should be considered broadband-served homes or whether fixed service must also be available. The agency raised the question in preparation for its annual Broadband Progress Report.
Telecompetitor (8/14) 
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Coalition assails Sinclair/Tribune deal
Competitive Carriers Association has joined a group seeking to block Sinclair's effort to buy Tribune's broadcast stations on the grounds that it would create a powerful TV station group that would reduce the number of voices in the media. T-Mobile filed its own objection to the deal with the Federal Communications Commission, arguing that it would delay the transfer of broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers.
Broadcasting & Cable (8/15),  FierceWireless (8/11) 
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Carrier Watch
Sprint tries to keep up with small cell Magic Box demand
Sprint tries to keep up with small cell Magic Box demand
(Sprint)
Sprint is deploying more of its Magic Box LTE small cells in many areas even though the carrier has had trouble keeping up with demand, CEO Marcelo Claure said. Also, the telecom's Sprint Foundation said it will provide free gear and wireless services to 180,000 low-income teens as part of a five-year plan to hook up 1 million high school students.
RCR Wireless News (8/14),  PC Magazine (8/14),  FierceWireless (8/14) 
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Eclipse could shade cell service
The multitudes of people expected to capture the Aug. 21 solar eclipse on their wireless devices could cause massive service interruptions across the swath of the US in the event's path, public safety experts warn. Carriers are sending emergency mobile cell sites to some areas, but service in many rural areas may be lost.
WDAF-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) (8/14) 
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Technology and Trends
Survey: Most wouldn't spend $1,000 on iPhone
Survey: Most wouldn't spend $1,000 on iPhone
(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A Barclays survey in response to the forthcoming iPhone's $1,000 price found that just 11% of respondents would spend that much, with the average highest amount at $582. Those who already owned iPhones had a slightly higher acceptance of the $1,000 price tag, at 18%.
Ubergizmo (8/13) 
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High court urged to protect private cellphone data
Major high-tech companies on Monday urged the US Supreme Court to strike down a lower-court ruling that allowed police to use private cellphone data as evidence against a man convicted of a string of armed robberies. In a brief, the companies argued that authorities should have to obtain a warrant before accessing cell site location information.
Reuters (8/15) 
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States will have new public-safety net to consider
Verizon Communications will compete with FirstNet by building a separate network core for first responders. The network will operate even in states that have opted into FirstNet.
StateScoop (8/16),  Broadcasting & Cable (8/16) 
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CCA News
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Early bird rates end next month so register today for the best rates. Join us in Fort Worth, Texas, from Oct. 25 to 27 as CCA celebrates 25 years of advocating for competitive carriers.
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