FCC on Net Neutrality and Title II: You Can Have One Without the Other

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Despite a 2014 appeals court ruling to the contrary, Net Neutrality and Title II broadband are not like “love and marriage” in the vintage song: you can have one without the other – at least that’s what the FCC is hoping. When FCC Chairman Ajit...Learn More

Pai Plans to Reverse Broadband Title II Reclassification

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today initiated a process to reverse the commission’s previous decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II communications service – a move that also will further the goal of eliminating Net Neutrality guidelines put in place under the previous FCC administration....Learn More

FCC Fines Company $1 Million for Illegally Switching Consumers’ Long Distance Carriers

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WASHINGTON, April 25, 2017 – The Federal Communications Commission today announced a $1 million fine against a Florida-based long distance carrier, Advantage Telecommunications, for “slamming” and “cramming.”  The company’s telemarketers violated Commission rules by impersonating representatives of customers’ existing long-distance providers and switching the customers’...Learn More

FreedomPop Lifeline Database Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons

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Just a few months after having its credentials for participation in the FCC’s low-income Lifeline program revoked, FreedomPop has found a new Lifeline-related revenue stream: The company is licensing a database system originally developed for its own use to service providers approved to offer Lifeline...Learn More

FCC Won’t Regulate Most Business Data Services Pricing, Aims to Speed Copper Retirement

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The FCC today opted not to regulate pricing for most business data services and began a process aimed at making it easier for service providers to retire copper networks. The moves on business data services pricing and copper retirement came during the commission’s monthly meeting....Learn More

Universities to Support FCC 5G R&D Portal

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The FCC is working with two academic research centers – New York University’s NYU Wireless in New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and University of Colorado, Boulder (CU Boulder) to test, debug and provide feedback on a new online portal designed to streamline and...Learn More

Moffett: 600 MHz Auction Results Suggest Cable Wireless Service Not Much of a Threat

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The possibility that a cable wireless service would arise to offer competition to the nation’s four major wireless carriers appears less likely than it did before results of the 600 MHz auction were released last week, noted Moffett Nathanson Research in a research note today....Learn More

About Half of Fifty 600 MHz Auction Winners Are Rural Companies

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AT&T, Comcast, Dish Network and T-Mobile were the big winners in the voluntary auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band completed several weeks ago, the FCC announced this afternoon. Fifty 600 MHz auction winners, about half of which were rural carriers, collectively...Learn More

Broadband Attitudes Survey: 90% Say It’s Essential or Important

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Americans are sharply divided when it comes to whether or not federal laws should permit local governments to build, own and operate public broadband networks or subsidize home broadband network access for low-income residents, according to a broadband attitudes survey from the Pew Research Center....Learn More

ITIF Report Recommends Broadband Infrastructure Legislation

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Support for broadband infrastructure legislation seems to be growing, as evidenced by a new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). The report, titled “A Policymaker’s Guide to Rural Broadband Infrastructure,” aims to educate legislators about the state of broadband deployment and policy...Learn More

FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Members Announced

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Elizabeth Pierce, chief executive of Alaskan undersea cable company Quintillion Networks, will chair the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee announced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in January. The vice chair will be Kelleigh Cole, director of the Utah Broadband Outreach Center in the Utah economic development...Learn More

FCC Forms Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force

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WASHINGTON, April 3, 2017—Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force to implement the upcoming Universal Service Fund-related auctions. The Task Force will oversee both the Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II) and Mobility Fund II (MF-II) auctions....Learn More

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