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Introduction

The US telecoms market is dominated by four major telecoms giants. The FCC’s recent rule on market-based spectrum caps, however, has ensured that even the smaller operators could challenge large operators.

Highlights

  • The FCC authorized the Incentive Auction process, a new process to auction the spectrum in the 600MHz band.
  • The FCC, under the Open Internet Transparency Rule, announced a new broadband label template for both landline and mobile services.
  • The new open Internet rule comes into effect.

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

Other services subject to regulation

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

Universal service

  • Goals and fund
  • Reforms

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Author

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