Comcast and Level 3 Deal: Another Peering Dispute Resolved

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Another pair of former opponents has inked an Internet interconnection deal. According to a Comcast press release, Comcast and Level 3 Communications have reached a “multi-year bilateral interconnection agreement” that is part of a “multifaceted arrangement that will help both companies meet their customers’ needs...Learn More

GAO Report: FCC Broadband Performance Data Needs Rethinking

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The Federal Communications Commission should take additional steps to evaluate its efforts to provide consumers with broadband performance information, advises a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The recommended additional steps include conducting or commissioning research on the effectiveness of FCC efforts and making the...Learn More

JAB Broadband Re-Brands Acquired Wireless ISPs Under Rise Name

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May 15, 2015 — DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rise Broadband is the new brand name for JAB Broadband – the nation’s leading fixed wireless Internet service provider – and its five divisions which offer Internet and phone service to rural and suburban areas throughout 15 states in the...Learn More

Lawmakers Pressure FCC on Stand-Alone Broadband

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The pressure is on the FCC to modify Universal Service rules to allow small rural telcos to collect Universal Service funding for stand-alone broadband. More than 60 senators and 115 congressmen yesterday sent letters to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calling on the commission to modernize...Learn More

Verizon, Sprint to Pay $158M to Settle Illegal Billing Investigations

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May 12, 2015 — Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau announced today that Verizon Wireless will pay $90  million and Sprint Corporation will pay $68 million to settle investigations that revealed the companies billed customers millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party premium...Learn More

FCC’s O’Rielly: Stand-Alone Broadband in the Works

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The FCC appears serious about changing the rules of the Universal Service/ Connect America Fund to allow rural carriers to collect funding to support lines that are used only to deliver broadband service, rather than requiring voice to also be part of the offering. Stand-alone...Learn More

Wheeler at INTX: No Going Back on FCC Internet Interconnection Oversight

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In an address to cable industry stakeholders today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defended Open Internet rules but did not mention broadband’s reclassification as a Title II telecommunications service. “Cable has important technical advantages, leading market position and very limited regulation,” said Wheeler. “It is an...Learn More

FCC Fines Carrier for Failing to Register, Avoiding USF Payments

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May 4, 2015 – Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine Simple Network, Inc., a New Jersey prepaid calling card provider, $100,000 for allegedly providing interstate telecommunications services without registering with the FCC through the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  Simple Network’s...Learn More

New Verizon Deals: Could Peering Disputes Be On the Way Out?

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Three months after the FCC threatened closer oversight of Internet interconnection agreements as part of its Open Internet order, Verizon has reached traffic exchange agreements with two companies that previously were the focus of high-profile interconnection disputes. On April 23, Verizon noted in a corporate...Learn More

Broadband Provider Associations Seek Stay of Title II Decision on Broadband

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Five associations representing broadband service providers in two separate filings on Friday asked the FCC to stay its decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service. One filing came from the American Cable Association and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. The other...Learn More

Verizon Rural Call Completion Hotline Launched in FCC Compliance Plan

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Rural telcos that have problems with calls not going through to their customers from Verizon customers now have a hot line to call at Verizon. In addition, Verizon plans to award $30,000 to $50,000 for an academic study on methods to determine and resolve rural...Learn More

AT&T and SNET to Pay FCC $10.9 Million in USF Lifeline-Related Penalties

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April 29, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – To resolve an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, AT&T and its former subsidiary Southern New England Telephone (SNET) have agreed to pay $10.9 million in penalties for overbilling the FCC’s Lifeline program, a program which...Learn More