FCC Moves Further on Retransmission Consent

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As expected the FCC this week adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow video service providers including telcos and cable companies the option of bringing in broadcast network signals from outside their home markets. The goal would be to give service providers...Learn More

FCC Frontier/Verizon Deal Approval Should Spur Investment

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Frontier’s acquisition of Verizon’s wireline business in California, Florida and Texas appears well positioned to close in the first quarter of 2016 now that the FCC has given its approval to the transaction. In a press release Frontier noted that one remaining hurdle is to...Learn More

Upcoming CAF Reverse Auction Puts Markets in 20 States Up for Grabs for Broadband Funding

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Now that the nation’s largest price cap telecom carriers have announced their decisions on broadband Connect America Phase II funding, a portion of locations targeted in the program will be teed up for a reverse auction expected to occur in 2016. Carriers had until last...Learn More

AT&T and Verizon CAF Plans for Rural Broadband Heading in Two Different Directions

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AT&T and Verizon CAF plans were revealed today, and it appears they have differing views on their rural broadband future. AT&T joins the list of telecom companies that have opted to accept most of the Connect America funding they were offered by the FCC earlier...Learn More

Consolidated, CenturyLink Accept CAF Totaling $514 Million

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CenturyLink said today that it will accept approximately $500 million  annually from the FCC’s Connect America Fund to cover some of the cost of bringing broadband to parts of the company’s local service territory that can’t get broadband today or only have low-speed broadband available....Learn More

ACA to FCC: Smaller Cable Companies Are Shutting Down and Congress Should Know Why

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The American Cable Association, which represents small, primarily rural, cable companies, is again asking the Federal Communications Commission to report on and study the closing of smaller cable systems, including why the closings occurred. Ninety-one cable systems serving more than 5,300 subscribers shut down in...Learn More

DISH Sinclair Retransmission Battle Results in 129 Stations Going Dark on DISH

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Updated at 9:40p ET 8/26/15 with Restoration Announcement Updated at 1:55p ET 8/26/15 with FCC Response The retransmission wars hit a new high this week, resulting in the “largest local channel blackout in the history of television,” according to a DISH press release. Sinclair, one...Learn More

Low-Income Broadband for Seniors: Comcast Internet Essentials Expanded

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“I was totally ignorant of the whole computer thing . . . and terrified of it,” says a senior citizen in a video from Comcast promoting the company’s low-income Internet Essentials program, which the company has been expanding to include low-income senior citizens. “I’m learning...Learn More

FairPoint Accepts CAF Support of $37.4 Million Annually, Rejects Two States

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Updated August 20th with information about Hawaiian Telcom Add FairPoint Communications to the list of carriers that have accepted Connect America Fund dollars in exchange for agreeing to bring broadband to portions of their local service territories where broadband isn’t available today or is available...Learn More

Customer Analytics, E-Rate Fuel Cloud Wi-Fi Opportunities

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Selling cloud-based Wi-Fi can be an excellent opportunity, especially now that cloud platforms can support a range of value-added capabilities. I got a demo of some of these capabilities at Adtran Connect, an event for press and analysts at telecom vendor Adtran’s Huntsville, Alabama headquarters...Learn More

FCC Proposes Retransmission Reform, Looks at ‘Distant Signals’

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One of the most contentious issues in the video industry today is retransmission consent. FCC Chairman Wheeler just jumped into the middle of it. The practice, where video service providers (VSPs) and local broadcasters negotiate a per-subscriber fee for the delivery of local stations to...Learn More

Is Rise Broadband the New Carrier of Last Resort?

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Rise Broadband issued a press release yesterday touting the $16.9 million it will receive through the FCC rural broadband experiment program.  The company plans to use broadband wireless to bring broadband to areas in price cap territories in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas –...Learn More