Feb 7 2010

FCC Concerned with AT&T’s Network

Apple’s latest device, the iPad, will be carried by AT&T when it is released. However, AT&T’s network is not the most reliable out there, as evidenced by the problems it has had since the iPhone’s release.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is concerned about the effect the iPad will have on the AT&T network. Last week, it posted the following on its blog:

With the iPad pointing to even greater demand for mobile broadband on the horizon, we must ensure that network congestion doesn’t choke off a service that consumers clearly find so appealing, or frustrate mobile broadband’s ability to keep us competitive in the global broadband economy.

Of course, it does not specifically mention AT&T by name, but there really is no doubt to whom the entry refers. AT&T’s network needs an upgrade that will probably cost around $18 billion. Apple apparently has faith in AT&T, at least judging by Apple COO Tim Cook’s comments.

The FCC blog entry also raises the question: will the FCC approve the iPad?

Via CoolTechZone, image via AT&T.

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2 Comments on this post


  1. Apple Looks for British Carrier for iPad | shoppingtrend wrote:

    […] As in the United States, there is worry about how the mobile networks will handle all the extra data from the iPad. The O2 network originally struggled to keep up with the data influx generated by iPhone users. […]

    March 8th, 2010 at 10:28 am
  2. FCC To Unveil National Broadband Plan To Congress Soon | NetbookBoards.com wrote:

    […] to regulate and expand the internet to meet the need of its highly expanding user base.  Dubbed as FCC’s “National Broadband Plan”, it is to be proposed to Congress this […]

    March 14th, 2010 at 3:45 am


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