AT&T/DirecTV Approval Expected to Include Broadband Deployment Condition

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AT&T may be required to commit to deploying higher-speed broadband to more rural customers and to offering stand-alone broadband as a condition of its acquisition of DirecTV, which could receive Justice and FCC approvals as soon as next week, according to news reports. According to...Learn More

FCC’s Pai: A One-Page Rule Change Could Enable Stand-Alone Broadband

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The rule changes required to enable rural carriers to use Universal Service funding to support stand-alone broadband can fit on a single page, argued FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai in a statement released yesterday. To support his assertion, Pai included a single page appendix to his...Learn More

VoIP Providers Will be Able to Secure their Own Phone Numbers

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The FCC adopted an order yesterday that allows VoIP service providers direct access to the numbering pool for telephone numbers. VoIP providers historically had been relying on partners, primarily CLECs, to obtain telephone numbers used for their VoIP services. The details of the order have...Learn More

35 Mayors, City Officials Call on FCC to Improve Industry Broadband Performance Reporting

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Thirty-five mayors and city officials sent a letter to the FCC June 17 calling on the agency to assure the broadband network performance reporting is uniform and easily accessible. Organized by Next Century Cities, the letter comes in the wake of a federal General Accountability...Learn More

AT&T to Face Record $100 Million FCC Fine

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The FCC has been active with their industry enforcement role recently. The latest illustration is a proposed $100 million fine against AT&T  for “misleading consumers” on their unlimited wireless data plans. It’s the largest fine ever issued by the FCC and AT&T plans to fight...Learn More

Frontier Accepts CAF II Broadband Funding Worth $283 Million Annually

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Frontier Communications is wasting no time getting started on its Connect America Fund Phase II deployment. The company today said it will accept $283 million in annual funding from the FCC to cover some of the costs of bringing broadband to parts of its local...Learn More

Lifeline Broadband: 61 Interest Groups Offer Guidelines for FCC

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A broad group of 61 interest groups has sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler advocating for the FCC to adopt a Lifeline low-income program for broadband this year.  The letter also makes broad recommendations about how that program should be structured. The move...Learn More

“Two-Path” Connect America Fund for RoR Carriers Shaping Up

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Representatives of five telecom associations have been meeting regularly with the goal of devising recommendations for a Connect America Fund program for the nation’s small rural rate of return (RoR) carriers – and according to a letter sent to the FCC yesterday, progress is being...Learn More

Wheeler Lifeline Broadband Proposal: Carriers Would No Longer Determine Eligibility

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Low-income Americans could have some or all of the costs of broadband service covered through the Universal Service Lifeline program if a proposal from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is adopted. Currently the Lifeline program pays participants $9.25 a month toward the cost of landline or...Learn More

FCC May Let Carriers Offer Robocall Blocking

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Wired and wireless telecom service providers would have the opportunity to offer robocall blocking technology if a proposal made by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is adopted, said senior FCC officials today. Wheeler is circulating within the commission a draft of his proposal, which also includes...Learn More

FCC Low-Income Broadband Pilot Results Released

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If low-income people don’t subscribe to broadband is it because the cost of service is too high? Or is it related more to the cost of a wired or wireless device? Or do these people simply not understand broadband and its benefits – a situation...Learn More

GAO Report: FCC Broadband Performance Data Needs Rethinking

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The Federal Communications Commission should take additional steps to evaluate its efforts to provide consumers with broadband performance information, advises a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The recommended additional steps include conducting or commissioning research on the effectiveness of FCC efforts and making the...Learn More