FCC Examining Wireless Innovation
The FCC is pointing to innovation in wireless communications as a major driver for near-term ecomic recovery and long-term growth.
On Thursday August 27, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously approved a sweeping investigation into the wireless industry. The move is being broadly reported as a boon for consumers -- and trouble for the likes of Verizon, Sprint, T Mobile and AT&T.
According to the FCC's press release, the purpose of the investigation is to "support and encourage further innovation and investment in the wireless marketplace." Specifically, the notice focuses on spectrum availability and use, wireless networks, devices, applications, and business practices. It also seeks comment on how the public has used wireless services and technology to solve real-world problems in areas such as health care, energy, education, and public safety.
The FCC is also seeking comments on the state of competition in the industry and whetherconsumer protection policies through "truth in billing" rules for communications services are adequate.