15 Small Telcos Could Lose USF Support: FCC Analysis Shows 100% Competitive Overlap

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Fifteen small U.S. rate-of-return telecom providers could lose Universal Service Fund high-cost support for an entire study area as the result of an analysis conducted by the FCC and released Wednesday. The telcos are in areas where the FCC’s analysis shows that an unsubsidized competitor...Learn More

Chattanooga Gigabit: EPB Looking at Next-Gen PON

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EPB, the first U.S. company to broadly deploy gigabit service residentially, has put any plans to expand service outside its electric utility service territory on hold, said Danna Bailey, EPB vice president of corporate communications, at a press event at the company headquarters in Chattanooga...Learn More

AT&T/ DirecTV Deal Approval: Low-Income Broadband and Other Conditions

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Just days after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a draft order to approve AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, the full commission on Friday approved the order and AT&T and DirecTV completed the deal.  As expected, the commission is imposing several conditions on the merger, including a...Learn More

Wheeler’s AT&T/ DirecTV Approval Plan: Any Rural Conditions?

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AT&T could be required to submit all of its interconnection agreements, along with regular network performance reports, to the FCC as a condition of FCC approval of the company’s plan to acquire DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal announced in May 2014. In a statement...Learn More

T-Mobile to Pay $17.5 Million to Resolve 911 Outage Investigation

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Washington, D.C., July 17, 2015 – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has reached a $17.5 million settlement with T-Mobile, resolving an investigation into two 911 service outages that occurred on the company’s national network last year. The separate but related outages, which together lasted approximately three...Learn More

FCC Set to Reject Dish Partner Spectrum Bidding Credits

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The FCC is set to reject $3.3 billion in auction credits granted to small companies owned, in part, by Dish Network in the recent AWS-3 auction, the Wall Street Journal reports. The two companies – SNR Wireless and Northstar Wireless – would not be able...Learn More

FCC Adopts Rural Carrier Bidding Credit for 600 MHz Auction, Delays Other Key Issues

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Updated later July 16 As expected, the FCC at today’s monthly meeting adopted a report and order that will give small rural carriers a bidding credit in the upcoming 600 MHz auction of TV broadcast spectrum.  Although the commission did not detail the size of...Learn More

FCC Poised to Act on Copper Retirement

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After years of debate, the FCC is poised to put measures in place next month to enable network operators to retire existing copper serving end user customers and to replace it with fiber or other alternatives. On a briefing with reporters today, FCC officials said...Learn More

Comment Invited on Improving FCC Video Competition Report

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The FCC is asking for input on the data it should collect for its annual report on video competition. In a 20-page public notice released last week, the commission seeks comment from video providers, consumers, and manufacturers of customer premises equipment (CPE) about how to...Learn More

Broadband Coalition Launches Pro-Competition Petition

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At least 6800 people have signed a petition created a month ago by competitive carrier organization Broadband Coalition that asks policy makers to take steps to improve broadband competition.  Broadband Coalition was formed in 2012, initially focusing largely on issues related to competition in the...Learn More

Next Century Cities Reaches 100 Members

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The addition of Boise, Idaho brings the Next Century Cities’ coalition roster to 100. Launched in October 2014, Next Century Cities’ members share and exchange information and other resources aimed at assuring access to affordable, reliable gigabit Internet connections and services. “Since launching Next Century...Learn More

AT&T/DirecTV Approval Expected to Include Broadband Deployment Condition

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AT&T may be required to commit to deploying higher-speed broadband to more rural customers and to offering stand-alone broadband as a condition of its acquisition of DirecTV, which could receive Justice and FCC approvals as soon as next week, according to news reports. According to...Learn More