Just as wireless companies like Qualcomm and T-Mobile US are urging the FCC to stay out of LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) technologies, a group of six senators is calling on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to assert more oversight on potential interference LTE-U could have on Wi-Fi.
Verizon Wirelesa and T-Mobile US forged a $173 million deal to transfer a slew of AWS-1 and PCS spectrum licenses between them in various markets across the country. The deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, includes spectrum swaps in parts of Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia.
Granite Telecommunications may be motivated to transition to IP-based technologies, but in the near-term the service provider still needs to use the ILEC's ubiquitous copper and TDM-based networks to serve its growing base of large retail customers that have multiple locations throughout the U.S.
Representatives from Qualcomm and T-Mobile US argued this week that the FCC should not step in to regulate LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and related technologies. Meanwhile, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, speaking for many cable companies that have their own Wi-Fi networks, hit back hard against Qualcomm.
Verizon and CenturyLink may be in support of giving their CLEC wholesale customers fair pricing as they transition from legacy TDM to IP-based services, but any rules should only be applied to DS1 and DS3 special access services, they say.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler maintains that the new net neutrality rules are not causing traditional telcos or cable operators to put a hold on new network investments.
A group of large technology companies including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft are asking the FCC not to move forward with plans to regulate online video operators as MVPDs.
The NCTA has filed another ex parte letter with the FCC, claiming that Qualcomm has done nothing to prove the LTE-U and LAA technologies it is backing will not interfere with cable Wi-Fi.
AT&T has called a proposed $100 million fine levied against it by the FCC for alleged throttling "unprecedented and indefensible."
Verizon and CenturyLink may be anxious to shut down all of their copper facilities and transition to fiber, but each provider has told the FCC that de facto copper retirement is a "myth" and there's no need to include new requirements addressing the issue in its technology transition plans.