Government Affairs

Government Affairs

Bringing the Benefits of the Incentive Auction to Consumers

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a dramatic evolution in wireless technologies, with a matching growth in consumer demand for new mobile broadband services. This, of course, means that carriers need more spectrum to meet that demand and continue to innovate. FCC Chairman Wheeler has recognized that, “[i]n much the same way that 700 MHz paved the way for America's world-leading deployment of 4G, so could 600 MHz accelerate U.S. deployment of 5G., and beyond.” 
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AT&T Plays a Broken Record of Broken Promises

In a recent blog post AT&T claims the best way to encourage broadband deployment in rural America is to establish “stringent build requirements” for winning bidders in the broadcast incentive auction.  The funny thing is that AT&T has a long history of promising to build out broadband to consumers – then failing to deliver on those promises – and not just in rural areas, but in urban areas as well.
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A Wireless 911 Indoor Location Roadmap That Works

We use our mobile phones for all sorts of activities, and increasingly, they are our principal tool to make emergency calls. Today, consumers take for granted they can call 911 from a highway accident scene or while driving past one.
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Fine Tuning the Incentive Auction Rules for Competition

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to auction returned TV broadcast spectrum for commercial wireless services as early as next year, and in T-Mobile’s view, it can’t happen soon enough.  
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All Roads Lead to Roam

Data roaming should not be a controversial subject. Customers expect they can access the data features and functions of their mobile devices at home and on the road.
Government Affairs

FCC Incentive Auction Can Accomplish Even More for Competition

T-Mobile has filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC’s Mobile Spectrum Holdings Order. While the Commission’s approach to mobile spectrum holdings in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction represents one of the most innovative and forward-thinking set of regulations in its eighty-year history, we seek reconsideration because the Order stops short of adopting rules sufficient to prevent the two largest incumbent carriers from dominating the market. 
Government Affairs

Communications Infrastructure Matters

Almost two decades ago, the United States Congress recognized that state and local barriers to infrastructure investment would have to be removed if the United States was to retain its leadership role in the deployment of advanced telecommunications services. 
Government Affairs

Wireless and 911 - A Combination Consumers Need

April is 911 Education Month, and as the month winds to a close, we think it is appropriate to take a look at the close relationship that has developed between wireless communications and emergency 911 services.
Government Affairs

Government Needs to Step Up as AWS-3 Auction Approaches

Several weeks ago, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) took an important step in speeding commercial access to spectrum currently used by federal government agencies by establishing technical and licensing rules for the AWS-3 band.
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