BROWSING: USF

Rural operator consortium ‘stunned’ by FCC move on Huawei, ZTE

FCC cuts off Universal Service Fund money to buy and maintain US networks that use Chinese kit It's been a long time coming but, despite the protracted journey, reaching the destination still stings for the small and rural domestic mobile network operators that use network...

FCC directs first USF funding for 5G to Puerto Rico, USVI

Funds are aimed at hardening and improving U.S. territories' mobile networks The Federal Communications Commission has authorized $237.9 million in Universal Service Fund dollars to mobile broadband networks in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. That figure includes the agency's first USF support for...

FCC updates funding mechanism for educational Wi-Fi

FCC proposed rulemaking permanently modifies rules for educational Wi-Fi projects The Federal Communications Commission is looking to make it easier for Wi-Fi projects at schools and libraries to be funded under federal mechanisms. The FCC tested out a "category two" budget approach for five years under...

As FCC faces many open issues, Trump nominates new commissioner

Geoffrey Starks tapped to replace Mignon Clyburn on FCC A Senate-led pushback on the repeal of net neutrality, a rapidly shifting relationship between service providers and content producers, national intelligence concerns regarding the use of network infrastructure and devices from Chinese manufacturers, facilitating the spectral...

Despite U.S. challenges, Huawei extending reach of rural connectivity solutions

MTN Nigeria works with Huawei to reduce infrastructure TCO While its growth trajectory in the U.S. rural carrier market is currently up in the air, Huawei continues to enable rural connectivity in underserved geographies around the world. The infrastructure giant recently using low-band LTE non-line-of-sight...

2018 emerging communication trends: be ready for potential tax impacts (Reader Forum)

  Communications technology has undergone a phase of rapid innovation, completely transforming the way businesses and consumers relay and consume information. Now that our once-wired world has been almost entirely replaced by a landscape of wireless technologies, the ripple effects within the telecom space are...

Reality Check: Sensible action on midnight regulations

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently called a halt to what were termed midnight regulations passed by his predecessor. Editor’s Note: The RCR Wireless News Reality Check section is where C-level executives and advisory firms from across the mobile industry share unique insights...

FCC ditches USF, BDS, VoLTE roaming reform following Trump election

The FCC dropped plans to tackle a trio of controversial telecom topics at its November open meeting as transition begins, including USF, BDS and VoLTE roaming. In the wake of the somewhat surprising presidential election results, the Federal Communications Commission has dropped...

Sprint taps I-Wireless for Lifeline merger

Story edited to clarify Sprint deal is not with T-Mobile US affiliate IWireless Sprint plans to merge its Assurance business with I-Wireless’ Access Wireless in a move to improve targeting of government’s Lifeline program Sprint is parsing out one of its several prepaid brands, announcing a...

FCC slams Total Call with record $51M fine tied to Lifeline abuse

Total Call accused of rampant abuse of FCC Lifeline program, including enrollment of duplicate and ineligible customers On the heels of adopting reforms to its government subsidized Lifeline telecom service, the Federal Communications Commission announced a record $51 million fine against one participant for over...

FCC moves on USF reform, promises $20B over next 10 years with strict rules

The FCC unanimously approved USF reform rules in a push to expand broadband coverage to communities most in need The Federal Communications Commission approved what it’s calling modernization and reform of its universal service program in a rare unanimous vote. The FCC said the program will...

Report: Wireless users pay 18% tax rate on services

Washington, Nebraska, New York, Illinois and Missouri have the highest wireless tax rates Research group the Tax Foundation, in a new report, found that the average wireless consumer in the U.S. pays a combined 18% rate in federal, state and local taxes, plus associated fees. All told,...

FCC slaps TracFone for device-unlocking violations

FCC found TracFone violated device-unlocking rules for Lifeline customers TracFone Wireless ran afoul of the Federal Communications Commission’s device unlocking requirements tied to its Lifeline service offerings that could cost the prepaid provider more than $83 million. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau found that TracFone violated FCC...

CCA: Auction, roaming, USF reform remain priority for CCA

LAS VEGAS — Following up on a conversation he had earlier in the day with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, Competitive Carriers Association CEO and President Steve Berry talked with RCR Wireless News about how he felt Wheeler’s comments addressed concerns from CCA...

Policy: FCC scores court victory in Connect America move

The Federal Communications Commission gained a court victory in support of its Universal Service Fund reform efforts, with a federal appeals court upholding the agency’s Connect America program that is designed to subsidize rural broadband services. Under former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the FCC in...

FCC releases $300M Mobility Fund auction requirements

The Federal Communications Commission moved forward with its controversial Mobility Fund, announcing the release of a public notice with the procedures for “phase one” of the reverse auction for universal service fund support. The fund is expected to provide up to $300 million in...

2012 Predictions: What’s in store for 2012

2012 is forecasting to be a pivotal year for regional wireless carriers across the United States. Many of the issues we have been combating for several years will still be plaguing regional carriers, along with new issues that arise every day in this dynamic industry. Several of these issues will reach a crucial turning point for carriers. We begin 2012 with numerous questions and not enough answers.

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...

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...

CenturyLink receives FCC approval for Qwest purchase

Just short of a year after announcing its intentions, CenturyLink Inc. (CTL) received Federal Communications Commission approval for its acquisition of Qwest Communications International Inc. (Q) The deal, which was announced last April, calls for CenturyLink shareholders to control 50.5% of the combined operations,...

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...

FCC to tackle universal service reform

The Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to try to reform the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation system, both of which are “plagued with waste and inefficiency,” according to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.In a unanimous vote, the agency is...

Top stories of 2010 (Part 2)

Editor's Note: The mobile space witnessed a lot of news over the past 12 months that have and will alter the mobile landscape for years to come. With the end of 2010 just days away, RCR Wireless News takes a look back at the...

Reality Check: The wish list (Part 2)

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We've gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace.This week, we touch on the second part of the “wish list” – those items that are...

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