Survey: Cell Phone Calls to 911 More Common Than Landline, Yet Gaps Exist

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A large gap exists between public expectations that wireless callers in emergencies dialing 911 can be located by emergency responders and the FCC’s limited location requirements for cell phone carriers, according to a survey of 1,048 U.S. adult cell phone owners from Find Me 911...Learn More

FCC: Bids for Rural Broadband Experiments Can’t Exceed Model-Based Support Level

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Interested parties have until October 14 to file applications to participate in the FCC’s rural broadband experiments. Last week the commission released a 24-page notice detailing the application process for the experiments, which among other things, reveals that applicants will not be allowed to ask...Learn More

Feds: Low-Volume Buyers Don’t Have to File Special Access Pricing Data

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Communications service providers that purchased less than five million dollars in dedicated services in price cap territories in 2013 are not required to file special access pricing data with the FCC, said the federal Office of Management and Budget on Friday. This is a departure...Learn More

FCC Pursues More Unlicensed Wi-Fi Spectrum But Open Issues Remain

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With unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum becoming increasingly crowded, equipment manufacturers and service providers are pushing to make more spectrum available on an unlicensed basis  – and while substantial progress has been made on that front, more work remains, as a couple of investor conference calls recently...Learn More

Change in FCC Broadband Speed Target Under Consideration

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The FCC is considering upping the broadband speed benchmark that it uses to gauge whether broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion. That benchmark is currently set at 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. On August 1 the...Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials Low-Income Broadband Offers Amnesty on Past Due Balances

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An announcement today from Comcast highlights a broadband adoption challenge that may have been previously overlooked. The company said it will make its Internet Essentials low-income broadband service available to people who previously were not able to receive the service because they had past due...Learn More

Wireless M&A and U.S. Mobile Market Stability

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If the Federal Communications Commission will not allow Sprint and T-Mobile US to bid jointly on spectrum, what are the odds the FCC will allow Sprint to buy T-Mobile US? “We must make sure that the biggest providers are not able to limit broad participation...Learn More

FCC Approves Frontier Purchase of Connecticut AT&T Lines

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STAMFORD, Conn. July 25, 2014 – Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) announced today that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved its proposed acquisition of AT&T’s local wireline, broadband and video operations in Connecticut.  The company is currently also seeking approval from the Connecticut Public Utilities...Learn More

Peering Dispute: Level3 Says Fix Would Cost Verizon A Few Grand Per 10G

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Level3 says Verizon could fix the congestion problems the companies have been arguing over by spending “a few thousand dollars” per 10 Gbps of traffic from Level3.The comment came in a blog post from Level3 Vice President of Content and Media Mark Taylor in a...Learn More

FCC Proposes Model-Based CAF for Rate-of-Return Carriers

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The FCC wants rate-of-return telecom companies to transition to model-based support as today’s voice-focused high-cost Universal Service Fund is phased out and converted to a broadband-focused Connect America Fund program. Small rural ROR companies today receive USF support based on how their actual costs compare...Learn More

Peering Dispute: Verizon, NetForecast Say Netflix Network is the Congested One

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Two new analyses – one from Verizon and the other from Internet consulting firm NetForecast – argue that Netflix’s reported network congestion problems are of its own making. Verizon’s Analysis of Peering Dispute Verizon’s analysis came in a blog post from the company’s vice president...Learn More

USF Strike Force Established to Crack Down on Fraud and Abuse

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The FCC has created what it is calling a “USF strike force” that will be “dedicated to combatting waste, fraud and abuse” in the Universal Service Fund. Neither the move nor its timing are surprising, considering that the commission is counting on freeing up USF...Learn More