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Introduction

In contrast with the regulatory landscape in Europe, the US telecoms market is largely deregulated. The operators are free to trade spectrum and refarm scarce spectrum bands to accommodate the country’s rising demand for data services.

Highlights

  • FCC adopted an Open Internet rule in February 2015.The new Open Internet rule is designed based on strong legal foundation that includes the Communication Act and the Telecommunication Act of 1996.
  • The US telecoms regulatory authority, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) works to maintain a competitive environment by the timely introduction of rules to curb the dominance of these major players.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides a detailed understanding of the regulatory framework for telecoms in the US.
  • Offers an overview of spectrum policy, auctions, and licensing.
  • Includes analysis of wholesale regulation for fixed and mobile services.

Key questions answered

  • What remedies are imposed at the retail and wholesale levels for fixed and mobile services in the US?
  • What is within the scope of the national broadband plan and universal service obligation in the US?
  • Which spectrum bands have been auctioned in recent years?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation

Spectrum

  • Spectrum policy
  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile termination charges
  • Numbering policy

Other services subject to regulation

  • The retail market
  • Quality of service
  • Regulation of bundles
  • VoIP
  • Fixed number portability
  • Mobile number portability
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts

Universal service

  • Goals and fund
  • Reforms

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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