Net Neutrality: Fraudulent identities used “to corrupt the FCC’s notice and comment process”

A letter signed by the New York State Attorney General has accused the FCC of refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities to corrupt the public comment process with regards to altering net neutrality rules.

Eric T. Schneiderman claims his office has been investigating, for the past six months, who perpetrated a large scheme where ‘enormous numbers’ of identities were...

By Ryan Daws, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Regulation.

Net neutrality is at threat again – and the FCC hopes your Thanksgiving turkey will distract you

Updated US regulators are expected to reverse fairness rules, implemented during Obama’s era to protect net neutrality, while many journalists are out the office.

Net neutrality is the idea that all businesses and consumers should be treated by internet providers the same — to most people, that seems fair.

Some ISPs argue that some companies put greater demand on their networks than others; such as Netflix. Without net neutrality rules, ISPs could ask for more cash from a company like Netflix so their...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Operators, Regulation.

SoftBank ups stake in Sprint after T-Mobile merger called off

T-Mobile and Sprint have called off merger talks with the companies ‘unable to find mutually agreeable terms’, according to both firms.

Both sides, in statements issued over the weekend, gave the impression of being better off without each other. T-Mobile said it was ‘clear all along’ that a deal would have to improve on the company’s already ‘outstanding’ performance, while Sprint argued its ‘significant assets’ would mean it would be best to ‘move...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Operators.

AT&T announces “5G” Evolution mobile hotspot router

AT&T is hoping the hype for 5G will drive consumers to buy its new mobile hotspot router, despite being nothing to do with 5G.

What the router will offer, however, is faster speeds and more reliability. In that respect it’s a stepping point towards what 5G should offer, but it’s more of a 4.75G (4.5G is reserved for LTE-Advanced) than anything to do with 5G.

"Only AT&T lets you get...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, N America, WiFi.

T-Mobile/Sprint rumoured to agree super-operator merger worth $88bn

After years of talk, T-Mobile and Sprint are rumoured to have agreed on a merger-in-principle deal which JPMorgan values at being worth $88 billion.

The deal will allegedly be announced in mid-September but will, of course, be subject to gaining regulatory approval.

Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has been looking at T-Mobile for over five years as part of his goal to become a much stronger competitor to AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is known for his ‘we will not stop’...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

MWC: 49% of US connections will be 5G by 2025

A report from the GSMA, released to mark the start of MWC Americas, predicts 49 percent of US connections will be 5G by 2025.

North America is a global leader in 4G adoption and the GSMA anticipates the nation to make a similar rapid transition to 5G. While around half of U.S connections are expected to be on 5G by 2025, the report expects adoption in Europe and the leading Asian markets(China, Japan, and South Korea) to be around 30 percent.

Mats Granryd, Director General of the...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks.

MWC: T-Mobile plans to launch the first nationwide NB-IoT network in 2018

Ahead of the debut MWC Americas, T-Mobile has announced plans to launch the first nationwide NB-IoT network in 2018.

A nationwide NB-IoT (Narrowband-IoT) network will help to accelerate the deployment of IoT sensors, devices, and solutions. NB-IoT requires little spectrum to support a large number of devices while benefitting from extended range and improving battery life.

“Not only have we built America’s best unlimited network, but this magenta army is also moving at a...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, IoT, N America, Networks, Operators.

Canada aims to boost net neutrality with new framework

A newly designed framework which prevents telecom providers from engaging in ‘harmful’ zero-rating has been issued by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Zero-rating is a practice of selectively pricing certain apps and services by not counting them against a customer's data cap. The ruling strengthens Net Neutrality in the country, and will shape how Canadians use the Internet for years to come.

The digital rights group OpenMedia has welcomed the ruling, noting...

By Telecoms, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, N America, Net Neutrality.