Wheeler Rural Wireless Plans Include Revised Roaming Rules, Mobility Fund

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The FCC will take action aimed at revising mobile data roaming rules this year, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday, speaking at a Competitive Carriers Association event. Such reforms, he said, would be particularly important to rural wireless carriers, who must rely on roaming agreements...Learn More

CenturyLink Verizon Business Data Services Feud Erupts

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A CenturyLink Verizon business data services feud arose today, with CenturyLink accusing Verizon of “doubletalk” on the issue of business data services (BDS) competition. It’s a topic that is being intensely debated as the FCC considers whether to impose price controls in this market, which...Learn More

Eshoo Community Broadband Act Seeks Municipal Broadband Rights

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U.S. House Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18th District) has introduced legislation aimed at enabling local communities to provide service over community-owned broadband networks. The Eshoo Community Broadband Act of 2016 is modeled on bi-partisan legislation introduced in 2005 by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Sen....Learn More

FCC Commissioner Pai Gigabit Opportunity Zones Proposal Would Target Rural Areas

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A proposal from FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai aims to encourage gigabit deployments in rural America by giving tax breaks to network operators deploying the high-speed broadband service. The Pai Gigabit Opportunity Zones proposal also would set aside 10% of the money raised from spectrum auctions...Learn More

Netflix Wants FCC to Crack Down on Broadband Caps

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Netflix is asking the FCC to establish a 10 Mbps downstream, 1 Mbps upstream definition for mobile broadband and to consider the impact that broadband caps have on the deployment of advanced telecom capability. The OTT video provider made its comments in a filing pertaining...Learn More

Study: FCC Business Data Services Decision Could Determine Viability of Rural 5G

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The impact of the impending FCC business data services decision could be critical for rural wireless carriers, argued Raul Katz, president of telecom policy consulting firm Telecom Advisory Services, LLC, at a Washington, D.C. event Friday that was also webcast. The BDS decision will impact...Learn More

FCC Set-Top Box Order Would Exempt Small Video Providers

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A proposed FCC set-top box order circulating within the commission would not apply to video service providers with fewer than 400,000 customers, but those providers could adopt the technology if they choose to, said FCC senior officials on a conference call with reporters yesterday. The...Learn More

Next Century Cities Mayors Oppose Anti-Municipal Broadband Decision

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Forty-two mayors and city leaders have sent letters of support to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Wilson, North Carolina Mayor Bruce Rose, who are advocating to overturn an anti-municipal broadband decision made by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision put a halt...Learn More

New CBRS Alliance to Focus on LTE-Based Indoor, Outdoor Coverage

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The CBRS Alliance, announced yesterday, aims to “develop, market and promote” LTE-based offerings in the 3.5 GHz, also known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), band. Although much of the talk around the CBRS band has focused on using it to support fixed broadband...Learn More

Three FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Awardees Rejected Over Letters of Credit

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An FCC order released last week denies petitions from three entities that were provisionally awarded funding in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiment program because the awardees were unable to obtain satisfactory letters of credit — a decision that does not bode well for other provisional...Learn More

Fatbeam E-Rate Strategy Fuels Fiber Expansion in Four Mountain West States

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Fatbeam E-Rate plans will help the competitive access provider build out wide-area fiber network infrastructure in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho based broadband access provider won 11 FCC E-rate contracts, which will help fund the construction of an additional 200 miles...Learn More

FCC Releases Preliminary List of Census Blocks for Connect America Fund Auction

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The FCC yesterday released a preliminary list of census blocks eligible for the Connect America Fund auction. That auction will award funding to help cover the cost of bringing service to areas that cannot get broadband today or can only get low-speed broadband. The list...Learn More