FCC: E-Rate Reforms Could Bring Wi-Fi to Every Student in Five Years

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The FCC estimates that 10.5 million students per year could gain Internet connectivity inside their schools if the commission moves ahead with E-Rate reforms outlined in July. Within five years, all U.S. schools would have internal Internet connectivity, the FCC says. The E-Rate program is...Learn More

AT&T RFD-TV Deal Aims to Appease Regulators

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AT&T today said it has reached an agreement to add rural cable channel RFD-TV to its U-verse Video lineup. The move is not a surprise, considering that as of August, about half of the letters the FCC had received about AT&T’s planned purchase of DirecTV...Learn More

FCC Considers Relaxing Telecom Accounting Rules

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Telephone companies could spend a lot less time on bookkeeping as the result of a notice of proposed rulemaking released by the Federal Communications Commission in mid-August. The commission is considering relaxing rules detailed in the Uniform System of Accounts that incumbent local carriers have...Learn More

Kentucky’s EPB Begins Offering Gigabit Service

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RUSSELLVILLE, KY (August 8-27-14) EPB smartnet, Russellville’s municipally-owned fiber-to-the-premises network announced at yesterday’s 11th Annual Kentucky Cable and Telecommunications Conference in Lexington, KY that the first 1 Gigabit broadband service in Kentucky will now be available for both residential and business customers beginning September 1,...Learn More

Survey: Cell Phone Calls to 911 More Common Than Landline, Yet Gaps Exist

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A large gap exists between public expectations that wireless callers in emergencies dialing 911 can be located by emergency responders and the FCC’s limited location requirements for cell phone carriers, according to a survey of 1,048 U.S. adult cell phone owners from Find Me 911...Learn More

FCC: Bids for Rural Broadband Experiments Can’t Exceed Model-Based Support Level

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Interested parties have until October 14 to file applications to participate in the FCC’s rural broadband experiments. Last week the commission released a 24-page notice detailing the application process for the experiments, which among other things, reveals that applicants will not be allowed to ask...Learn More

Feds: Low-Volume Buyers Don’t Have to File Special Access Pricing Data

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Communications service providers that purchased less than five million dollars in dedicated services in price cap territories in 2013 are not required to file special access pricing data with the FCC, said the federal Office of Management and Budget on Friday. This is a departure...Learn More

FCC Pursues More Unlicensed Wi-Fi Spectrum But Open Issues Remain

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With unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum becoming increasingly crowded, equipment manufacturers and service providers are pushing to make more spectrum available on an unlicensed basis  – and while substantial progress has been made on that front, more work remains, as a couple of investor conference calls recently...Learn More

Change in FCC Broadband Speed Target Under Consideration

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The FCC is considering upping the broadband speed benchmark that it uses to gauge whether broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion. That benchmark is currently set at 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. On August 1 the...Learn More

Sprint/ T-Mobile Deal Off: What Does it Mean for the Industry?

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There doesn’t seem to be much consensus about what Sprint’s decision to drop its plan to purchase T-Mobile, revealed yesterday, means for the companies and for the industry in general. While some industry observers expect both companies to focus on internal growth and/or to consider...Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials Low-Income Broadband Offers Amnesty on Past Due Balances

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An announcement today from Comcast highlights a broadband adoption challenge that may have been previously overlooked. The company said it will make its Internet Essentials low-income broadband service available to people who previously were not able to receive the service because they had past due...Learn More

Wireless M&A and U.S. Mobile Market Stability

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If the Federal Communications Commission will not allow Sprint and T-Mobile US to bid jointly on spectrum, what are the odds the FCC will allow Sprint to buy T-Mobile US? “We must make sure that the biggest providers are not able to limit broad participation...Learn More