Questions Raised by Plan to Give MVPD Status to OTT Video

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s intention to give Internet video providers MVPD status, revealed yesterday in a blog post, raises a range of questions that are likely to be hotly debated in coming months. In gaining MVPD (for “multichannel video programming distributor”) status, companies that would...Learn More

Standing Rock Builds Out FCC-Funded Mobile Network Using NewCore

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Rock Wireless, a division of Standing Rock Telecom, was an FCC Mobility Fund Auction 901 award winner and is announcing they have successfully delivered a state-of-the-art broadband communications solution with a new 3G and 4G/LTE technically advanced network offering voice and enhanced fixed/mobile broadband experiences...Learn More

FCC: TDM-to-IP Transition Was a Cause of 911 Outage Affecting Seven States

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The transition to next-generation 911 (NG911) emergency services based on IP played a role in the April outage that prevented people in seven states from being able to reach emergency dispatchers, said Rear Admiral David Simpson, chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security...Learn More

OTT Provider GEM Gains MVPD Status, Local TV Content for SIMUL SEZ

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Giga Entertainment Media has a unique business model. The company offers an app and platform for tablets and mobile devices that enables end users to view over-the-top video and free local TV content simultaneously on multiple devices, and supports multi-user collaboration and other capabilities. The...Learn More

Video Business is in Significant Transition with Important Implications

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There are no shortage of issues faced by video service providers, some of which are fundamentally changing the business model for pay-TV. Rising programming costs, changing program access rules, and a shift to broadband delivered distribution are just a few. We interviewed Rich Fickle, CEO...Learn More

Non-Profit RFP Seeks Construction of Rural Healthcare Fiber Networks

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A non-profit organization representing healthcare and educational institutions is seeking contractors that can build wide area fiber networks for these institutions in rural areas lacking broadband connectivity. The organization, known as MiCTA, was founded in 1982 to negotiate group purchasing agreements with the local incumbent...Learn More

CEO: Windstream Likely to Accept CAF II Broadband Funding

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Windstream expects to accept Connect America funding in Phase II of the program to cover some of the costs of bringing broadband to customers who can’t get broadband service today, said Windstream CEO Jeff Gardner in an interview with Telecompetitor last week. “We’re very optimistic...Learn More

AT&T to Pay $80 Million to FTC for Consumer Refunds in Mobile Cramming Case

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As part of a $105 million settlement with federal and state law enforcement officials, AT&T Mobility LLC will pay $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission to provide refunds to consumers the company unlawfully billed for unauthorized third-party charges,...Learn More

Consumer Group: Free Up More Wi-Fi Spectrum

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Internet and communications (ICT) providers have long been lobbying the FCC to offer more spectrum. U.S. wireless data traffic more than doubled in 2013 to reach a whopping 3.2 trillion megabytes. There are now more than 336 million wireless connections in the U.S., the American...Learn More

FCC Aims to Maximize Unlicensed Use of TV Spectrum Post Auction

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The FCC today took action aimed at maximizing unlicensed use of TV white spaces spectrum after the incentive auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band is completed. The action took the form of two notices of proposed rulemaking in which the commission...Learn More

FCC Releases Rural Broadband Experiment Details

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Today, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) releases the application form for the rural broadband experiments, FCC Form 5610, and provides additional information to assist potential applicants in completing the application form. The Bureau also announces that a brief delay in the timing of the applications...Learn More

Wheeler Wants FCC to Study 5G and Millimeter Wave

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants the commission to study the possibility of using millimeter wave spectrum above 24 GHz to support 5G wireless service. A notice of inquiry about millimeter wave is one of several wireless related documents that Wheeler is currently circulating within the...Learn More