FCC’s 600MHz Auction Concludes: T-Mobile Wins Big Nationwide

600MHz UPDATE – August 2017 T-Mobile has announced that they have just deployed the world’s first 600MHz LTE (now known as LTE Band 71) cellular towers in Cheyenne, Wyoming – and that T-Mobile is pushing hard to encourage UHF TV stations to fast-track their migrations so that T-Mobile can free up spectrum to deploy 600MHz […]

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FCC Finds Verizon and AT&T Violate Net Neutrality Rules, T-Mobile in the Clear

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler fired a parting shot at Verizon and AT&T yesterday – with his agency issuing an in depth analysis finding that the “free” video streaming service offerings from Go90 (Verizon) and DirecTV (AT&T) violate the FCC’s network neutrality rules. The network neutrality rules were designed to keep carriers from playing […]

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2016 RV Mobile Internet Year in Review & Looking Forward Into 2017

2016 has been a good year for staying connected. It has never been easier to get online in more places than ever – but the number of options and the tradeoffs between them remains as overwhelming as always. Things may be getting faster, data more bountiful, and connectivity better overall – but the world of RV Mobile […]

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AT&T Announces DirecTV Now: Unlimited Cellular Streaming, No Dish Required

AT&T on Monday afternoon announced its long awaited new online version of its DirecTV satellite TV service: DirecTV Now. Now at last RVers can stream 100+ channels of DirecTV content without needing to worry about signing long-term contracts, or carting around and aiming a portable satellite dish. And if you are on AT&T cellular – you can […]

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Thousands Complain of Surprise Verizon Overage Charges – FCC Investigating

It started just over two weeks ago in Cleveland – with local reporter Teresa Dixon Murray noting in her Money Matters column that her family Verizon account was showing mysterious data usage in the middle of the night, and she asked others to chime in if they had also noticed any other strange Verizon issues. She heard from […]

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Free Streaming Update: AT&T’s “Data Free TV” & Verizon’s NFL Mobile Partnership

AT&T late last week announced a major new initiative for DirecTV customers likely to be of interest to some RVers: Data Free TV: Video streaming that does not count against your monthly usage limits! Not to be outdone – Verizon also announced that it was sponsoring the NFL Mobile App to let Verizon customers: “Watch live local and […]

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Appeals Court Backs FCC in Net Neutrality Fight, AT&T Plans Supreme Court Appeal

Today the US Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Federal Communications Commission, agreeing that the FCC has authority to regulate broadband internet providers, including mobile internet companies. This means that the Network Neutrality rules that went into effect last June are likely here to stay. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was thrilled to see […]

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FCC Announces Standardized Broadband “Nutrition Labels” – Makes Comparing Plans Easier

The FCC yesterday unveiled a new standardized labeling scheme for mobile and fixed broadband service that aims to make it easy for consumers to compare offerings between different providers, and to fully understand just what a given plan costs and provides The labels look (intentionally) like the standardized nutrition labeling found on food. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler […]

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Yes, 5G Cellular Technology Is Coming!

The mainstream press has been abuzz this week with news stories about fifth generation (5G) cellular “coming soon”, thanks in large part to an AT&T announcement that it will begin testing 5G technologies in Austin later this year. For some reason the AT&T story went viral and we have been getting a ton of questions about it, though […]

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Verizon Makes go90 Free To Stream – Without Burning Any Data

Earlier than many expected – an app update today revealed that Verizon has decided to test the limits of the FCC’s network neutrality rules by making its own go90 video video service free to stream over LTE – without burning any data. This of course gives the otherwise unremarkable go90 app a huge competitive advantage […]

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Verizon Announces FreeBee Sponsored “Toll Free” Data

Verizon today announced a sponsored data program called “FreeBee Data” that will allow for participating companies to sponsor websites, apps, downloads, and video clips. Think of it like a toll free 1-800 number for the mobile web – if you see a site or a link tagged with Verizon’s FreeBee logo, your usage will be […]

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2015 RV Mobile Internet Year in Review

2015 has been a fabulous year for keeping connected on the road – with technology options, speeds, and coverage all getting better than ever. This is our end-of-year quick update on the state of the RV mobile internet world – chronicling some of the major changes that happened in 2015, and giving a glimpse at what we’re most looking forward […]

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AT&T Completes Acquisition of DirecTV

AT&T has at last received FCC and DOJ approval for its $48.5 billion dollar acquisition of satellite TV giant DirecTV, announcing yesterday that the deal had closed after over a year of government scrutiny and negotiations. AT&T’s wired U-Verse TV and DirecTV satellite subscribers add up to 26 million customers – making the newly combined company the largest pay TV […]

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FCC Announces Plans To Fine AT&T $100,000,000 Over Misleading “Unlimited” Data Claims

The FCC announced today that it is planning to fine AT&T a hefty $100 million as punishment for AT&T’s misleading claims around its “unlimited” data plans. Even though AT&T has not offered new customers unlimited data plans since 2007, many existing customers have stuck with AT&T to keep these perceived valuable grandfathered plans active. But few customers ever […]

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Maximum Signal’s ‘Max-Amp’ RV Cellular Booster – Cleared For Sale!

Maximum Signal announced today (5/18/2015) that it has at last won its lengthy fight with the FCC to bring the Max-Amp 5-band cellular booster to market – with an official “Grant Of Equipment Authorization” being issued today We’ve had the Max-Amp on our radar for a very long time – it has been “a few weeks away from […]

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