FCC Measures U.S. Median Broadband Speed at 39 Mbps

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The U.S. median broadband speed was 39 Mbps downstream as of September 2015, according to FCC data released yesterday – up 22% from the previous year. The results were published in the FCC’s latest “Measuring Broadband America” report. Issued since 2011, that report initially focused...Learn More

Does Deletion of Agenda Items Signal Republican-Triggered FCC Freeze?

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Don’t expect the FCC to make any major decisions for the remainder of President Obama’s term in office. As the nation gets set for a Republican administration, including anticipated Republican control of the FCC, commission chairman Tom Wheeler apparently has heeded calls from Republican lawmakers...Learn More

Hawaiian Telcom Launches 1 Gig Internet on Hawaiʻi Island

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Honolulu, Hawaii —  November 14, 2016 — Today Hawaiian Telcom (NASDAQ:HCOM) announced that it has expanded availability of its ultra-fast 1 gigabit per second High-Speed Internet service to homes in Hawai‘i Island’s Puʻu Lani Ranch subdivision and the surrounding Puʻuanahulu area, using Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology....Learn More

$21.7 Million Fine Planned, Alleging USF FCC Rural Health Care Program Fraud

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The FCC plans to fine telecom services reseller Network Services Solutions and its chief executive $21.7 million for apparent violations involving alleged FCC Rural Health Care program fraud, a program of the Universal Service Fund (USF). The fraud violation fine is the result of Network...Learn More

Carrier Elections of FCC A-CAM Model Based Broadband Support Exceed Budget by $1.6 Billion

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The FCC is seeking input on what to do about a $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the broadband Connect America Fund program for rural rate-of-return carriers opting to transition to support based on a cost model developed by the FCC. The shortfall occurred because more...Learn More

FCC Mobility Fund Proposal Raises Important Questions

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The FCC plans to vote next month on a proposal for a Universal Service/ Connect America mobility fund that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler shared with other commission officials just last week. A fact sheet about the FCC mobility fund proposal released to the public  raises...Learn More

Windstream Hosted Communications Targets SMBs

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Small- and medium-size businesses are the target market for a new Windstream hosted communications offering launched today. The cloud-based offering brings “enterprise-level” voice capabilities to smaller businesses, Windstream said. The Windstream hosted communications offering uses equipment from Broadsoft. Capabilities included with the Windstream offering, dubbed...Learn More

FCC Broadband Privacy Rules Adopted

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As expected the FCC at today’s monthly meeting voted to adopt consumer privacy rules for broadband Internet service providers. The FCC broadband privacy rules pertain specifically to providers of broadband Internet service. “The bottom line is that it’s your data,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...Learn More

ILSR Researchers Find 63 Gigabit Deployments by Cooperatives

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The Institute for Local Self Reliance estimates that there were 63 gigabit deployments by cooperatives in the U.S. as of December 31, 2015. ILSR based its research on Form 477 data that broadband providers submit to the FCC. Using that data, researchers identified about 200...Learn More

Stand-Alone Broadband: Will Rural Users Still Pay Twice What Urban Users Pay?

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The FCC’s plan to allow rural rate-of-return carriers to collect Universal Service funding for stand-alone broadband may not achieve its intended goal of substantially reducing the cost of that service, cautioned Michael Romano, senior vice president of industry affairs and business development for NTCA—The Rural...Learn More

T-Mobile Open Internet Settlement Will Cost at Least $48 Million

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T-Mobile has agreed to pay $48 million to settle an Open Internet investigation by the FCC into whether the company adequately disclosed speed and data restrictions for what the company called an “unlimited” mobile data plan. The T-Mobile Open Internet settlement will include a $7.5...Learn More

FCC Confirms Soaring Costs for Video Programming, Retransmission Fees

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The average price for basic cable TV service increased 2.3% to $23.79 for the 12-month period ending January 1, 2015, driven in large part by soaring costs for video programming, according to a new FCC pay TV price survey. Expanded basic cable service rates increased...Learn More