AWS-3 Auction Finally Ends, Raising $45 Billion

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The record breaking auction of AWS-3 spectrum is finally over, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at an FCC monthly meeting today. Wheeler did not reveal who the winners were, but he did say that in total the winners bid nearly $45 billion. To put that...Learn More

25 Mbps Broadband Definition Adopted, Wheeler Finds Carriers Hypocritical

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had harsh words for broadband providers today, essentially accusing them of hypocrisy in their comments about broadband speed requirements. Wheeler’s comments came at today’s FCC meeting, at which the commission adopted a new definition of broadband of 25 Mbps downstream and...Learn More

FCC Fines Advanced Tel for Not Paying USF Fees

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January 26, 2015  — Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine Advanced Tel, Inc. (Advanced Tel) $1,588,988 for failing to make required payments to federal programs that promote universal access to telecommunications services. “All phone companies are required to participate in universal...Learn More

Verizon Rural Call Completion Settlement Totals $5 Million

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Verizon is the latest telco to agree to a settlement with the FCC to resolve a rural call completion investigation. The company has agreed to pay a fine of two million dollars and to implement a compliance plan to which it has committed an additional...Learn More

Public Wi-Fi and Minorities: Study Finds Strong Benefits

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African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to use public Wi-Fi networks and use them more often. Furthermore, they report more in the way of positive impacts from public Wi-Fi use than their Caucasian counterparts, according to a new study from WifiForward conducted by the GfK...Learn More

Changes to RUS Broadband Loan Program Include Rural Gigabit Pilot

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When President Obama spoke last week about reforms to the USDA Rural Utilities Service broadband loan program, he was referencing changes adopted in the 2014 Farm Bill, a USDA official advised in an email to Telecompetitor. Although the changes have received little publicity, they include...Learn More

Anti-Muni Network Groups Respond to Obama’s Advocacy

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President Obama’s recent comments advocating municipal broadband networks have drawn a variety of rebuttals from groups such as the Phoenix Center, TechFreedom and Media Freedom. The Phoenix Center sums up the core argument in a white paper critiquing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s praise for the...Learn More

FairlawnGig Aims to be a Public/ Private High-Speed Broadband Network

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The mayor of an Akron, Ohio suburb said yesterday that he plans to pursue a gigabit network for his community through a public/private partnership. “Enhanced broadband services and fiber optic availability will strengthen and improve the delivery of police, fire and other vital municipal services...Learn More

FCC Eyes 25 Mbps Broadband Definition, Finds Slow Progress

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Just one month after the FCC raised the broadband speed for the Connect America Fund program, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to raise a different broadband speed benchmark — and by a considerably higher amount. Using the new benchmark speed, the commission also is poised...Learn More

FCC Launches New Consumer Help Center

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Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission is launching a new online consumer help center that will more efficiently link consumers to the information they need, as well as make it easier for consumers to file complaints and get responses to their concerns. The consumer...Learn More

How the FCC Plans to Stretch Budget to Support New Broadband Speed Target

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When the FCC in December raised the broadband speed target for the Connect America Fund  to 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream, some stakeholders questioned carriers’ ability to meet that target without an increase in the size of the fund, considering that the previous...Learn More

Google and Title II: Company Sees Infrastructure Cost Benefits

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Although it was initially quiet on the topic of Net Neutrality, Google now sees at least one potential benefit of reclassifying broadband as a Title II, or telecommunications service. In a letter to the FCC sent December 30, Google Director of Communications Law Austin C....Learn More