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Introduction

The repeal of the country's net-neutrality rule formally came into effect in June 2018. The US government's support to push the deployment of 5G and create a sustainable Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem has picked up pace, and the FCC has supported this through the allocation of a significant amount of spectrum.

Highlights

  • The US regulator has planned spectrum allocations in low-, mid- and high-frequency ranges.
  • The FCC has concluded the CAF Phase II auction.
  • The FCC has amended several outdated regulations and proposed changes to several others to promote the deployment of 5G.

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.

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
  • Author