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Federal Lawmakers Take Time Out for Telecom Policy Issues

Congress appears to be taking a renewed interest in telecom issues. In the past week, two subcommittees have held hearings on special access, Bell forbearance petitions and copper loop retirement. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., held the first hearing last week. He is chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Kerry wanted to examine ways […]

FCC Issues New E911 Order

Wireless carriers must achieve PSAP-level E911 compliance by Sept. 11, 2012, the FCC said this week. The move was steps away from the agencys proposed, and very controversial, one-year deadline. Wireless providers now have five years and must meet certain benchmarks in the interim. Benchmarks include satisfying location accuracy requirements and demonstrating significant progress toward […]

Nokia Issues Warning About Bad Batteries

Nokia said Tuesday that millions of its cell phone batteries could potentially overheat. The warning applies to Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries manufactured by Japans Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. between December 2005 and November 2006. Matsushita is one of several companies that produce more than 300 million BL-5C batteries. Nokia said 46 million batteries are included […]

FTC Issues Net Neutrality Report

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday released several guiding principles for policy makers to follow when considering whether to institute net neutrality regulations. The usual suspects issued statements praising the Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy study, which recommended a hands-off approach to governing the Internet. The FTCs Internet Access Task Force said some broadband providers […]

FCC Changes Conditions of AT&T-BellSouth Merger, Issues Order

The FCC has revised the special access conditions it imposed on its approval of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger last year. On Monday, the agency released the order finalizing the $84 billion deal. Commissioners had voted for the AT&T-BellSouth combination on Dec. 29 after much back and forth over competition protections. The order included a […]

Regulatory Track to Address Wireless Broadband, Net Neutrality, More

Even though the telecom reform bill the Bells lobbied so hard for last year never came to fruition, there still is a lot of regulatory activity to look forward to in 2007. The prospect of another rewrite attempt, however, is small. On the other hand, the FCC, Congress and the states are eyeing various issues, […]

Synchronica Server to Support Windows Mobile 5

Synchronica said Wednesday it has added full support for device management and firmware updates of Microsofts Windows Mobile 5 to the Synchronica SyncML DM Server platform. VARs are able to sell the software. Synchronicas SyncML DM Server can remotely diagnose and repair configuration issues in Windows Mobile 5 devices, or do a firmware update over […]

Regulatory Workshop to Explore Weighty Issues

Hazy VoIP oversight. Megamergers. No more UNE-P mandates. Reclassification of the Bells DSL services. So much is happening in the regulatory landscape it can be hard to keep up. Thursdays regulatory workshop, New Landscape, New Challenges, sponsored by Dickstein Shapiro LLP, will help COMPTEL members learn more about the issues affecting them, as well as […]

IMS Forum on a Mission to Educate

Perhaps no topic has been hotter this year than IMS, a network architecture and services framework that enables service providers to offer consumers new blended applications and services across any wireline or wireless network, to any device. Learn how to cut through the spin and the jargon during the IMS Forums conference program on Monday, […]

FCC Issues NPRM on 700MHz Band

The FCC this week adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would change rules governing wireless licenses in the 698MHz to746MHz, 747MHz to 762MHz and 777MHz to792MHz spectrum bands, which could be used for WiMAX and other so-called 4G technologies down the road. These portions of the 700MHz band are set aside for commercial […]

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