Straight Path to Return 5G Licenses to FCC in $100 Million Spectrum Squatting Settlement

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Straight Path Communications has agreed to a spectrum squatting settlement with the FCC valued at more than $100 million. The company, which calls itself an “intangible asset monetization company,” specializes in “maximizing the value of assets such as microwave bandwidth licenses.” The settlement resolves an...Learn More

Seven Top Telecom Trends for 2017

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Fixed wireless (including 5G), broadband Universal Service, and increasingly diverse video options will be key focus areas for the telecom industry in 2017. Other top telecom trends for 2017 include G.fast and new business opportunities such as SD-WAN and the Internet of Things, including the...Learn More

FCC Partially Addresses A-CAM Universal Service Budget Shortfall

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The FCC adopted a report and order, released late yesterday, that frees up an additional $50 million annually for rate of return carriers that adopted the model-based A-CAM Universal Service option. More carriers than expected chose that option, creating a $160 million budget shortfall in...Learn More

FCC Chairman Wheeler to Step Down January 20

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said today that he will step down January 20, 2017. With Wheeler to step down, that will leave the commission with just three commissioners in the short term. Legislators have declined to re-confirm Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and with Wheeler (also...Learn More

$3.5 Million in Rural Broadband Experiment Support Authorized for Minnesota Project

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The FCC has authorized Rural Broadband Experiment support totaling nearly $3.5 million for Lake Connections, a community-owned network in rural Lake County, Minnesota.  The support will go toward bringing broadband service to 845 census blocks comprising 8,497 locations that do not have broadband available to...Learn More

Legislators Pursue Broadband for Veterans and Children

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The House of Representatives has adopted legislation and a resolution targeting broadband for veterans and school-age children. Broadband for Veterans The bill is H.R. 6394, known as the Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act of 2016. Introduced by Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-California), the bill would...Learn More

FCC Seeks More Than $76 Million from Two Carriers for Alleged USF Violations

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The FCC plans to fine Hawaii-based Sandwich Isles Communications more than $49 million for allegedly violating rules of the high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) and to require the company to repay over $27 million in improper USF payments.  In an unrelated development, the commission also...Learn More

Report: U.S. High-Tech Jobs Average 30K per Congressional District

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The high-tech economy plays an important role in every U.S. Congressional district, including providing an average of nearly 30,000 jobs per congressional district, according to new research about U.S. high-tech jobs from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “The U.S. economy is extremely diverse, and...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

$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 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