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Introduction

Following the 2012 US presidential election, the US telecoms market is still waiting for the new government to announce its vision and detailed roadmap for the country. In the meantime, the country's telecoms market continues to be largely unregulated.

Highlights

  • In 2017, the FCC issued a policy review of sponsored data and zero-rating practices.
  • The new government and FCC chairman in 2017 are revisiting the orders passed by the Obama administration on net neutrality.
  • The FCC concludes the forward auction in February 2017 in which the spectrum from the reverse auction was licensed to the mobile services.

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
  • Roaming obligations
  • MVNO access
  • 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
  • Regulatory position on OTTs
  • Regulatory position on IoT/M2M
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Goals and fund
  • Reforms

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Authors

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