FreedomPop Is In The Process Of Globalizing Their Services Read more

FreedomPop Is In The Process Of Globalizing Their Services

FreedomPop made a grand entrance into the mobile word, when it entered the market and became the first company to intertwine 4G data with a freemium service business model. Now it seems as if the wireless carrier is attempting to go global with its free text, talk and data service. Due to its recent partnership with KPN, a Dutch carrier, the company plans on expanding its service to include the countries of Spain, France, Germany, UK and several other countries within the Pacific Rim.

During mid September, the company contacted individuals who previously signed up to become aware of when their services would be launched within their areas. Those select individuals got the opportunity to be a part of it’s alpha test program, which it plans to conduct to acquire valuable feedback in preparation for the official launch which should occur by the end of the year. The company revealed that they will be utilizing the same setup as it does with its American user-base which entails its infamous free plan which consist of 200 minutes, 200 MB of data and 200 SMS. Even though it’s not clear if 4G LTE service will be available as opposed to 4G alone, what is known is that similarly to its American user-base, the company won’t charge a penalty for going over the data cap but rather, charge 1p per excess of MB usage.

It’s still up for debate as to whether or not the Jetsetter SIM card will be available for travelers which provide an additional 100 MB of free data which can be utilized in the UK, France and Spain. However FreedomPop on fortune.com, as far as the UK goes, it was announced that FreedomPop established a partnership with the Three network.

This has somewhat been a long time coming due to the fact that in July of 2014, the company proclaimed that they were conducting tests within the Netherlands to determine how efficient their service was, outside of the United States. The company also proclaimed that once it got the service running as efficiently as its US counterpart, they intended to provide free and low cost services to various countries around the world.

For light smartphone users, who simply want to make an occasional phone call or to check their emails, the service that the company has to offer can prove to be an incredibly cost effective deal. The company has proclaimed that while it currently has a subscriber base of 600,000, it expects to increase their subscriber count to one million by the end of the year. They also expect to establish a similar subscriber base in the UK within the next 18 months.

FCC Plans to Implement Affordable Broadband for Poor Read more

FCC Plans to Implement Affordable Broadband for Poor

The FCC plans to modify the current subsidy program, to offer affordable Internet plans for the poor.

Currently, about twelve million households utilize the Lifeline program, that provides affordable land line phone service for low-income families. This 30-years-old subsidized program costs about $1.7 billion.

In 2008, the program was expanded to include cell phone service, but that particular portion of the program became burdened with fraud according to businessman Kevin Seawright. Even so, regulators argue that phone services are critical for poor Americans to seek medical help, look for work, and other emergency services.

Meanwhile, the net neutrality guidelines have changed the status of the Internet to a public good, prompting the FCC to ensure that low income individuals can receive broadband Internet.

Poor recipients will have a choice among phone or internet services, or a mix of advanced telecommunications services, but guidelines will be implemented to curb fraud.

Net neutrality has faced scrutiny, and the proposal for subsidized broadband is already being debated among Republicans.

June 18th, the FCC will vote on the new proposal for subsidized broadband. If it wins a majority vote, the agency will develop a plan to implement the program.