Lucius Fox

Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Enterprises
Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, at the CTIA Wireless conference Tuesday. He was challenging AT&T’s recent assertions that the government’s rejection late last year of AT&T’s effort to buy T-Mobile (see Death of a deal: Effects on AT&T, T-Mobile, consumers, more) have forced AT&T to raise its customers’ prices — which was one of the government’s concerns about the merger. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson reportedly complained about a spectrum shortage at the Milken Institute’s annual global conference last week, saying “since that deal got killed, our data prices have gone up 30 percent.” GigaOm’s Kevin Fitchard argues that AT&T is “nowhere near exhausting its airwaves.”

Posted at 8:35am and tagged with: Federal Communications Commission, FCC, CTIA, ATT, T, T-Mobile, T-Mobile USA, Mobile, Carriers, Wireless, DT, Deutsche Telekom,.

Some have recently argued that the government’s review of transactions in the wireless space — or, let’s be frank, review of one specific transaction — is somehow causing a shortage of spectrum and leading that company to raise prices for consumers. The overall amount of spectrum available has not changed, except for steps we’re taking to add new spectrum on the market.

The Justice Department said Thursday it has sued AT&T Inc., alleging the telecommunications giant improperly billed the Federal Communications Commission for services it provided to the hearing-impaired.

The lawsuit focuses on a service AT&T provides that lets hearing-impaired people place telephone calls by typing messages over the Internet.

Posted at 3:06pm and tagged with: AT&T, ATT, T, Telecomm, Telecommunications, Carriers, FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Justice, DOJ, TTY,.

AT&T is asking its mobile customers with 2G-only phones to make the leap to 3G and 4G devices, warning them in a letter that their voice and 2G data quality may soon degrade in some areas, MarketWatch reported Thursday. It looks like in the aftermath of its failed merger with T-Mobile, AT&T is following its would-be acquisition’s lead, shutting down its older, inefficient GSM networks to clear room for newer, faster HSPA services.

Posted at 11:17am and tagged with: AT&T, ATT, T, 2G Networks, 2G, Telecomm, Carriers, HSPA, GSM,.

AT&T Inc. pulled the plug on its all-you-can-eat plan for smartphone customers, telling subscribers they will see much slower speeds if they exceed a new monthly usage cap.

The new limit, which applies to some 17 million subscribers, means users of the No. 2 U.S. carrier have little choice but to start paying more as they download more video, stream more music and use more apps.

The shift came as the company separately warned some users of its most basic phones that they soon may not be able to make or receive calls if they don’t upgrade to devices that run on faster networks—devices that it is offering free.

Posted at 10:55am and tagged with: AT&T, ATT, T, Carriers, Telecom, Data,.

AT&T’s failed takeover of T-Mobile cost the company dearly — $4.2 billion in breakup fees paid out in cash and spectrum rights.

Turns out it cost CEO Randall Stephenson, as well — $2.08 million in bonuses.

Posted at 3:17pm and tagged with: AT&T, T, T-Mobile USA, TMO, Technology, Telecom, Business, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC,.

T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications Inc. are pushing the Federal Communications Commission to block Verizon Wireless’s plan to buy wireless airwaves from a group of cable companies for $3.9 billion.

T-Mobile—which just months ago was pushing antitrust authorities to approve its failed deal to sell itself to AT&T Inc.—argued in an FCC filing that Verizon Wireless’s deal poses “a clear threat to competition” and would allow the nation’s largest cellphone carrier “to accumulate even more spectrum on top of an already dominant position, while checkmating crucial avenues for growth of its smaller competitors.”

Posted at 3:13pm and tagged with: Verizon, Federal Communications Commission, FCC, Technology, Spectrum, VZW, T-Mobile USA, TMO, AT&T, T,.