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1. CCA, others form group to lobby FCC on 600 MHz auction

CCA SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Competitive Carriers Association has joined with three wireless carriers and a group of industry trade and advocacy groups to form a coalition calling on the Federal Communications Commission to create rules for the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction that are friendly to smaller carriers. FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly warned Tuesday that two potential obstacles could delay the auction planned for early 2016: overworked tower crews and the unexpected success of the recent AWS-3 auction. Wireless Week (04/28) FierceWireless (04/27)


2. FCC seeks comment on LTE-U interference issues with Wi-Fi

CCA SmartBrief | May 07, 2015

Federal regulators want to know if a new wireless technology known as LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) can co-exist with Wi-Fi frequencies or if it will create interference, so they have issued a request for public comment. Some carriers are looking to LTE-U as a way of freeing up otherwise expensive spectrum. PCWorld (05/05)


3. U.S. Cellular launches priority service for emergency calls

CCA SmartBrief | May 14, 2015

U.S. Cellular has begun providing a Wireless Priority Service across the regional telecom's footprint in a move aimed at moving emergency wireless calls more quickly and efficiently through the carrier's network. WPS is designed especially to ensure that calls involving first responders and other government officials get completed when network traffic is heavy. Telecompaper (Netherlands) (05/13)


4. Qualcomm tests chip that circumvents cell towers

CCA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Qualcomm and an undisclosed number of carriers are testing a technology that would eliminate the need for cell towers by allowing smartphones to talk with other handsets using a technology the chipmaker calls "LTE Direct." "There's no reason why your cellphone isn't the cell tower of the future," said Steve Papa of technology firm Parallel Wireless. RCR Wireless News (05/18)


5. Report: Shentel may be interested in nTelos

CCA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Officials at nTelos are not responding to a report that Shenandoah Telecommunications will buy the regional carrier with a bid valued at nearly $200 million. NTelos CEO Rodney Dir told an investor conference last week that the company would continue to "position ourselves as a local, community-based carrier." Both carriers operate in Virginia and West Virginia. One analyst expressed skepticism of the report. RCR Wireless News (05/18) FierceWireless (05/18)


6. CCA, U.S. Cellular urge FCC caution on altering DE rules

CCA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Competitive Carriers Association and U.S. Cellular urged federal regulators against making sweeping changes to rules governing "designated entities" in the bidding for the planned 2016 incentive auction. Some in the telecom industry were upset that DISH used DEs and won 25 MHz of spectrum, including 13 MHz of paired spectrum. While suggesting some changes, CCA and U.S. Cellular argued that the rules help smaller carriers and companies. FierceWireless (05/15)


7. Ruling: Police can obtain location data from cell towers without a warrant

CCA SmartBrief | May 07, 2015

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that police do not need a warrant to obtain location tracking data from cell phones, saying users have "no reasonable expectation of privacy" from historical cell-tower data. The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit overturned a June 2014 ruling from a three-judge panel in a case where police collected location records to track a suspect's movements. ITWorld.com (05/05)


8. Sprint may skip incentive auction next year, CFO says

CCA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Sprint may elect to sit out the 600 MHz spectrum auction planned for early next year, Chief Financial Officer Joe Euteneuer told an investor conference Tuesday, saying the carrier may already hold all of the assets it needs to compete. Light Reading (05/20)


9. T-Mobile gains 1.8M subs, may move up to No. 3 carrier

CCA SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

T-Mobile US netted 1.8 million subscribers in the first quarter, with 1.1 million of those being the more lucrative post-paid customers. Subscriber turnover fell from 1.47% in the year-ago quarter to 1.3%. At 56.8 million subscribers, T-Mobile may surpass Sprint as the third-largest wireless carrier once Sprint reports results next week. CEO John Legere said a T-Mobile merger with a cable company could benefit consumers. CNET (04/28) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (04/28) CNET (04/28)


10. T-Mobile will close MetroPCS network ahead of schedule

CCA SmartBrief | May 14, 2015

T-Mobile US will close its MetroPCS-brand CDMA network on June 21, ahead of the time frame Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter outlined in April. Several hundred thousand MetroPCS customers have yet to upgrade to phones compatible with T-Mobile's network. Also, T-Mobile brought BlackBerry phones back to its stores and website this week, starting with the Classic. FierceWireless (05/08) CNET (05/07)




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