Members of the Senate Commerce Committee criticized the FCC during a hearing Tuesday for not taking greater action to reform the Universal Service Fund. Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate, who is also chairwoman of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, testified before the committee, as did executives from several telecom firms.
The new version of TeleNav's GPS device is designed to engage users by allowing them to rate restaurants and other businesses, as well as post location information for other system users. The new build also gives users the ability to send someone a text message containing a location.
Sprint Nextel has inked a $312.5 million deal to acquire its seventh wireless affiliate, Northern PCS. Sprint's wireless affiliates now stand at three: iPCS, Shenandoah Telecommunications Co. and Swiftel Communications.
Mobile consumers lack awareness of mobile-number portability, according to a report from telecom advisory firm Analysys. MNP can be a major benefit to mobile operators, Analysys said, but most major carriers no longer advertise the option because relatively few consumers took advantage of MNP when it was introduced in 2003.