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#TBT: Keeping it in the family (plan), opening up the walled garden … this month in 2005

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Keeping it in...

RCA re-brands to Competitive Carriers Association

Putting in ink what it has been touting for more than a year, the Rural Cellular Association today has altered its brand by ditching the long-used RCA name and now going by the title of the Competitive Carriers Association. In making the change, CCA noted...

FCC to 'coordinate' review of AT&T's Qualcomm, T-Mobile USA proposals

The Federal Communications Commission has stopped its formal review of AT&T Inc. (T) plans to acquire 700 MHz spectrum assets from Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) as it now plans to review that deal in coordination with AT&T's attempt to acquire T-Mobile USA Inc.The decision came...

Public-safety amendment would require 700 MHz interoperability: Updated: Bill makes it out of committee this morning

Editor's Note: The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved the Spectrum Act this morning, a key step in getting more spectrum into the hands of first responders. The text of the bill, including amendments, was not available at press time. Once the...

RCA 2011: TMNG suggests differentiation key play for rural carriers

LAS VEGAS – Rural operators face many challenges in trying to maintain their business models on a day-to-day basis, challenges made more difficult by the increasing competitiveness of the mobile industry. Many try to handle the pressure on their own, while others seek out...

RCA 2011: Roaming, USF remain contentious issues for rural operators

LAS VEGAS – A relative new entrant into the mobile space, Hays, Kan.-based Nex-Tech Wireless has established itself as an entrenched partner to the Rural Cellular Association as well as across the wireless industry. Nex-Tech CEO Johnie Johnson is an example of that currently...

RCA 2011: Sprint Nextel adds might to RCA

LAS VEGAS – The Rural Cellular Associations snared a significant catch getting Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) to join the association, which traditionally has catered to smaller wireless players. The move follows similar additions from MetroPCS Communications Inc. and Cincinnati Bell Wireless. RCA’s members now...

RCA 2011: SouthernLINC maintains uniqueness amongst rural players

LAS VEGAS – As one of the few iDEN-based rural operators in the country, as well as being one of the few owned by an electric company, SouthernLINC Wireless always brings a different perspective to the mobile space. This perspective is also helped by...

Analyst says Sprint Nextel moves could inadvertently aid AT&T

Taking a cue from Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) , comments are starting to pour into the Federal Communications Commission about whether the agency should allow AT&T Mobility (T) to buy T-Mobile USA Inc. (DTEGY) To date, most parties are commenting as...

RCA 2011: 4G options abound for rural players

LAS VEGAS – With a significant win in gaining a government mandate on 3G data roaming in their back pockets, rural operators are now faced with the unenviable task of figuring out their plans for so-called “4G” networks.At this week’s Rural Cellular Association event...

Worst of the Week: Fringe benefits

Hello! And welcome to our Friday column, Worst of the Week. There's a lot of nutty stuff that goes on in this industry, so this column is a chance for us at RCRWireless.com to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the wrong way....

Carolina West signs on for Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America program

Ring that bell again for Verizon Wireless (VZ) as the nation’s largest operator has added yet another rural player to its LTE in Rural America program. Just a day after signing up Indiana-based S and R Communications L.L.C., Carolina West Wireless and its subsidiary...

Mandated data roaming rules victory for smaller operators

The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules mandating that wireless operators offer data roaming on what it calls commercially reasonable terms and conditions along a 3:2 party-line vote, with Republicans Robert McDowell and Meredith Atwell Baker dissenting from the order. Under the new regulations,...

SouthernLINC secures PTT, data roaming deal; unveils new rate plans

Regional wireless player SouthernLINC Wireless said it has signed a nationwide push-to-talk and data roaming agreement with a “nationwide” operator that will allow its customers to use their PTT and mobile data services when outside of SouthernLINC’s current iDEN coverage area.While the operator was...

Sprint Nextel comes out officially against AT&T/T-Mobile USA deal

Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) appears set to take a hard-line stance on AT&T Inc.’s (T) proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. (DTEGY), which would put pressure on the industry’s third largest wireless provider. In a statement released today, Sprint Nextel noted the $39 billion...

AT&T Mobility's plans for T-Mobile USA set to cause uproar across industry

Wondering what the topic of conversation will be at this week's CTIA event in Orlando, Fla.? Wonder no more.AT&T Inc. (T) announced plans over the weekend to acquire the domestic industry's No. 4 player T-Mobile USA Inc. in a $39 billion deal that if...

Companies line up against AT&T to block FLO TV spectrum purchase

The big wireless players may not be making any fuss yet, but a group of smaller carriers, organizations and Dish Network Corp. have filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission to block AT&T Mobility's purchase of 700 MHz spectrum from Qualcomm Inc.Cellular South Inc.,...

Cincinnati Bell Wireless joins RCA

The Rural Cellular Association reported that Cincinnati Bell Inc.’s (CBB) mobile divison has joined the trade organization. Cincinnati Bell Wireless served 509,000 customers across parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at the end of 2010.“We are pleased to join RCA, and we look forward...

Data roaming mandate remains hot topic

The lack of mandated data roaming remains a hot topic for just about every domestic operator outside of AT&T Mobility (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ), highlighted by the continuous push by these operators and trade organizations in garnering government action behind their cause.This continued...

American Tower joins the Rural Cellular Association

The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) announced today that American Tower Corp. (AT) is a new associate member. AT is a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company that provides access to more than 25,000 U.S. communications sites, including wireless towers, broadcast towers and distributed antenna...

RCA report finds job growth in data roaming, 700 MHz interoperability

The expansion of mobile broadband services to rural markets currently underserved by such options could result in the creation or retention of 117,000 jobs across 19 states, according to a new report released by the Rural Cellular Association.The study, which was conducted by Columbia...

MetroPCS joins RCA

The Rural Cellular Association gained its largest member today as regional operator MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) has joined the trade association. The move provides RCA with the nation’s No. 5 operator and the largest carrier outside of the four nationwide operators. MetroPCS served more...

RCA, RTG blast FCC proposal on 'bill shock': Rural, regional wireless providers cite cost of billing systems

The Rural Cellular Association and The Rural Telecommunications Group are both fighting pending actions by the Federal Communications Commission to implement an automatic mandate for wireless carriers to aid their customers in avoiding “bill shock,” saying the proposed regulation would be too expensive for...

RCA pushes FCC, Congress on data roaming, interoperability

The Rural Cellular Association is pushing Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to mandate automatic data roaming between wireless carriers and to regulate 700 MHz equipment so that it is interoperable, two moves the trade group say are imperative to keeping rural wireless operators...

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