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CTIA Challenges FCC Ruling In Court

ctia2Does the FCC have the authority to reclassify an information service as a telecom service?  The final answer may have to come from the U.S. Supreme Court.

With the clock ticking, trade association CTIA, representing wireless ISPs, will seek a rehearing of the FCC’s Open Internet order reclassifying fixed and mobile broadband as telecommunications services subject to Title II common carrier regulations, according to Multichannel News.



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Diamond Communications Goes Outdoors

billboard-37080__180There’s a sign up ahead towercos.  It says more competition is down the road.  In fact the sign IS the competition.

Major billboard company, Outfront, has made a deal with Diamond Communications, one of the largest privately-owned tower companies in the U.S. In the agreement, Diamond will provide Outfront information on how to offer data services on existing billboards, a long-term investment move that could add an entirely new revenue stream to the advertising apparatus along our nation’s highways.


Robocalling Strike Force Takes Aim

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to stop robocalling, and in his latest public policy letter to the major phone companies, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a new task force to battle the bots.

The Robocalling Strike Force, according to Yahoo! Tech, will aim to “weed out robocalling” and “accelerate the development and adoption of new tools and solutions to abate the proliferation of robocalls and to make recommendations to the FCC on the role government can play in this battle.”

In the letter, Wheeler asked AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to head up the strike force, a move that Yahoo! Tech calls “interesting” due to the fact that in May, Stephenson said “AT&T did not have the ‘authority’ to integrate robocall-blocking technology into its network.”


2Q Earnings Reports – Does T-Mobile Make Sense For Comcast?

Craig Moffett, Principal at MoffettNathanson contributed the following analysis of Comcast’s 2nd Quarter Earnings call yesterday morning:

When Comcast hosted their earnings conference call (yesterday) morning, they were naturally asked about their ambitions in wireless.  Left unasked, but clearly implied – and surely top-of-mind for investors on the call – was whether they might be interested in acquiring a wireless operator like, say, T-Mobile,” Moffett said.  


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