FCC Frees Up Shared-Use Spectrum, Will Explore LAA

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The FCC today adopted a report and order that will free up spectrum in the 3550-3700 MHz band that could be used by wireless network operators for mobile broadband service on a shared basis with incumbent military users. Spectrum also will be available for unlicensed...Learn More

Challenges to Title II Broadband Reclassification Pile Up

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You could say telecom organizations are piling on the FCC over the commission’s decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service. Associations representing wireless carriers and large and small cable companies today joined USTelecom in challenging the FCC’s decision. Associations filing protests with...Learn More

USTelecom Filing Against Broadband Title II Reclassification: Why the Do-Over?

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It’s not déjà vu. Telecom trade association USTelecom today really did file a challenge to the FCC’s recent Title II decision that is almost identical to a challenge that the telecom trade association filed a few weeks ago. The reason for the move is that...Learn More

LightSquared Poised to Re-Emerge: What’s In Store?

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LightSquared is poised to emerge from bankruptcy with $1.25 billion in operating funds, according to news reports. And the company apparently is still hoping to pursue its plan to deploy wireless broadband service. LightSquared’s latest move is to ask the FCC to transfer its spectrum...Learn More

ACA to FCC: Broadband Investment at Significant Risk Due to Rising Video Programming Cost

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The American Cable Association is asking the FCC to take steps to control steeply climbing programming costs. According to a study from the ACA and business consulting firm Cartesian, small carriers are seeing margins erode so sharply as a result of climbing programming costs that...Learn More

CenturyLink 911 Outage Fine: A TDM-to-IP Cautionary Tale

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As we were expecting, the FCC announced today that it has fined CenturyLink for a 911 outage that occurred in April. In addition the FCC fined Intrado, provider of cloud-based 911 software which contributed to the outage according to an FCC investigation. CenturyLink’s fine is...Learn More

FCC Officially Documents First Ever Decline in Pay-TV Subscribers

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The number of multichannel video programming subscribers in the U.S. registered its first-ever full-year decline in 2013, dropping from 101 million to 100.9 million, according to an FCC annual report to Congress. The decline in pay-TV subscribers was felt entirely by traditional cable MSO multichannel...Learn More

FCC Poised to Require Military Users to Share Spectrum with Broadband Providers

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The FCC is poised to adopt a spectrum sharing plan that could make 150 MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband on a nearly nationwide basis. The spectrum lies in the 3550-3700 MHz band currently used by army and navy radar in limited geographic areas,...Learn More

Rural Call Completion Problem Garners More Attention with New Senate Bill

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The latest attempt to stop problems with calls not going through to rural areas comes from two U.S. senators, who have introduced the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act. The legislation, introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) would direct the...Learn More

Bernstein: Connect America Fund Could Boost Five Carriers’ Annual Revenues by $717 Million by 2020

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Phase II of the Connect America Fund, targeted to get underway soon, offers substantial “financial upside” for five of the nation’s largest price cap carriers, according to telecom financial analysts at Bernstein Research. In a research note issued yesterday, Bernstein analysts estimated that the five...Learn More

Wireless Stakeholders Defend Against Alleged TV White Spaces Database Flaws

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The National Association of Broadcasters last week filed an emergency motion with the FCC to suspend operation of the TV white spaces database because, according to the NAB, the system has “serious design flaws.” But according to the Wireless Innovation Alliance, the NAB has provided...Learn More

Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council Aims to Spur Broadband Deployment

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President Obama’s latest initiative to expand broadband availability, announced today, is to create a Broadband Opportunity Council charged with determining what various government agencies can do to help spur broadband deployment, competition and adoption. Heading up the effort will be Department of Agriculture Secretary John...Learn More