FCC Fines Advanced Tel for Not Paying USF Fees

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January 26, 2015  — Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine Advanced Tel, Inc. (Advanced Tel) $1,588,988 for failing to make required payments to federal programs that promote universal access to telecommunications services. “All phone companies are required to participate in universal...Learn More

Verizon Rural Call Completion Settlement Totals $5 Million

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Verizon is the latest telco to agree to a settlement with the FCC to resolve a rural call completion investigation. The company has agreed to pay a fine of two million dollars and to implement a compliance plan to which it has committed an additional...Learn More

Changes to RUS Broadband Loan Program Include Rural Gigabit Pilot

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When President Obama spoke last week about reforms to the USDA Rural Utilities Service broadband loan program, he was referencing changes adopted in the 2014 Farm Bill, a USDA official advised in an email to Telecompetitor. Although the changes have received little publicity, they include...Learn More

Anti-Muni Network Groups Respond to Obama’s Advocacy

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President Obama’s recent comments advocating municipal broadband networks have drawn a variety of rebuttals from groups such as the Phoenix Center, TechFreedom and Media Freedom. The Phoenix Center sums up the core argument in a white paper critiquing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s praise for the...Learn More

Obama Broadband Plans Include USDA Loan Program Revamp, Community Broadband Support

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Updated later January 14 The White House said yesterday that President Obama will announce a range of broadband initiatives – including a plan to revamp the USDA’s broadband loan program — in a speech in Cedar Falls, Iowa this afternoon. Among other things, Obama also...Learn More

FCC Eyes 25 Mbps Broadband Definition, Finds Slow Progress

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Just one month after the FCC raised the broadband speed for the Connect America Fund program, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to raise a different broadband speed benchmark — and by a considerably higher amount. Using the new benchmark speed, the commission also is poised...Learn More

FCC Launches New Consumer Help Center

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Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission is launching a new online consumer help center that will more efficiently link consumers to the information they need, as well as make it easier for consumers to file complaints and get responses to their concerns. The consumer...Learn More

How the FCC Plans to Stretch Budget to Support New Broadband Speed Target

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When the FCC in December raised the broadband speed target for the Connect America Fund  to 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream, some stakeholders questioned carriers’ ability to meet that target without an increase in the size of the fund, considering that the previous...Learn More

Google and Title II: Company Sees Infrastructure Cost Benefits

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Although it was initially quiet on the topic of Net Neutrality, Google now sees at least one potential benefit of reclassifying broadband as a Title II, or telecommunications service. In a letter to the FCC sent December 30, Google Director of Communications Law Austin C....Learn More

Telecom 2014: The Top 12 Stories Are All “To Be Continued”

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Telecompetitor covered a lot of big telecom stories in 2014, but there were 12 that stood out in my mind – and I thought readers might find it helpful to see them all recapped in one place. If there is any single common thread among...Learn More

OTT and MVPD: FCC Considers Treating Internet Video Providers as Cablecos

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Some providers of Internet-delivered, or “over the top”, video could gain the privileges and obligations of cable TV providers if the FCC moves ahead with a proposed plan to classify those providers as multichannel video distribution providers (MVPDs). The proposed plan is described in a...Learn More

Moss Adams’ CHR Acquisition Consolidates Tier 3 Telecom Suppliers

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Moss Adams LLP’s plan to acquire the regulatory compliance and financial consulting portion of CHR Solutions, announced yesterday, will bring together two key suppliers with a strong focus on the Tier 3 telecom market. Moss Adams is one of the largest accounting and business consulting...Learn More