FCC

FCC Chairman confirms plan to limit buying power of AT&T, Verizon

Leading up to this article, there was a lot of speculation about the FCC’s position in their upcoming spectrum auction. A call to action from several smaller carriers asked that the regulatory body limit the purchasing power of the two largest domestic carriers, Verizon and AT&T. In a move that could limit the FCC’s income from the auction, Chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed he wants to limit the power AT&T and Verizon have.

New FCC spectrum auction may stop a T-Mobile/Sprint merger

The demand for spectrum from mobile service providers is at an all-time high, and only promises to increase. To satisfy the wants of consumers and carriers alike, the FCC has decided to take some spectrum earmarked for TV and auction it to carriers. In addition to the added spectrum, the FCC may implement a few rules about purchases for the upcoming auction that could signal their intent to thwart a Sprint/T-Mobile merger.

Analyst: T-Mobile and Sprint must merge, or one will fail

The proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is an interesting Catch 22, according to analysts from New Street Research. Both carriers acknowledge they can’t compete with the likes of Verizon and AT&T separately, as their buying power for spectrum is just overwhelming. Together, T-Mobile and Sprint would still represent the number three carrier in the US, but the FCC is likely reluctant to let it happen.

ECS TA80TA1 tablet makes an FCC appearance showing Bay Trail

Elite Computer Systems was showing off an Android tablet during Mobile World Congress. For reference, they are an OEM company, which means this is more of a reference device that will be used by others. But while this specific model may not arrive in the hands of a user, a recently discovered FCC filing did show something interesting.

ASUS PadFone X passes by FCC

ASUS' smartphone/tablet hybrid will soon be ready for the US market if this latest appearance is any indication. The rather odd PadFone X was just spotted at the FCC, hinting to its nearing arrival on AT&T's catalog.

AT&T deal for Leap Wireless gets FCC Approval

The FCC has given the blessing for AT&T to purchase Leap Wireless. Admitting an unregulated buyout may not have been in the public’s best interest, some concessions made by AT&T appeased the FCC enough to allow the union to move forward. Leap operates Cricket, a prepaid carrier which promises to offer big things for AT&T moving forward.

Boeing’s secure ‘Black’ smartphone hits FCC

Secure devices are interesting to us, especially after recent revelations of government interest in personal communications. Some, like the BlackPhone, are targeted at Consumers who want security to be the center of attention. Boeing has a device passing through the FCC, and it’s likely the most secure around — and probably not for consumers.
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