Cincinnati Bell-Hawaiian Telcom Combination Receives Final Regulatory Approval

June 19, 2018 — CINCINNATI & HONOLULU–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) announced today that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Cincinnati Bell’s acquisition of Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCOM). The FCC’s approval of the merger follows the unanimous approvals of the merger by...Learn More

With iOS 12 Release, iPhones Will Provide Callers’ Location Data to 911

Later this year, iOS 12 will enable Apple iPhone users calling 911 to securely and automatically share their location data with first responders. The iOS 12 911 enhancements are expected to provide faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times. According to...Learn More

FCC Rural Healthcare Fund Poised for $171 Million Annual Budget Increase

The USF rural healthcare fund appears set to get an increase in its budget cap of $171 million annually, which would bring its annual budget to $571 million from its current $400 million. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a press release today stating that a...Learn More

AT&T Time Warner Approval is Without Conditions

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon has ruled in favor of the AT&T and Time Warner merger. The AT&T Time Warner approval potentially paves the way for the deal to close, although the decision could be appealed. Seeking Alpha reported, however, that an appeal is unlikely,...Learn More

FCC Relaxes Carrier TDM-to-IP Transition Requirements

The FCC voted today to eliminate what it called “unnecessary regulatory hurdles for carriers seeking to move from the networks of yesterday to the networks of tomorrow.” Specifically, the commission streamlined carriers’ ability to discontinue legacy services as they undergo a TDM-to-IP transition. TDM-to-IP Transition...Learn More

FCC: Rural Carrier USF Contribution Base Won’t Include Internet Revenues

Rural rate of return (ROR) carriers that have had to pay into the Universal Service Fund (USF) based on internet as well as voice revenues will now have to pay only based on voice revenues. Other carriers pay into the fund only as a percentage...Learn More

Widespread Comcast Voice Outage Illustrates Risks of Automation, Virtualization

A Comcast voice outage yesterday illustrates the risks of network automation and virtualization and the move to the cloud. Reports of service outages first surfaced yesterday morning, impacting business users in multiple markets nationwide, according to online news website The Verge. The report cites a...Learn More

Pai Wants to Extend Mobility Fund Challenge Process

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to extend the Connect America mobility fund challenge process by 90 days. At issue is a map issued by the FCC that shows certain areas having LTE coverage where some say that coverage does not exist. Pai’s action came in...Learn More

Broadband Service Provider Associations Seek Changes to RUS Broadband Loan Rules

Several groups representing broadband providers co-signed a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee asking them to change RUS broadband loan rules to focus funding on areas where either all, or at least 90%, of the population cannot get broadband...Learn More

FCC Welcomes Successful Transition to New Number Porting Administrator

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2018—The Federal Communications Commission announced the successful completion of the transition to the new Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA), Telcordia Technologies, doing business as iconectiv. The LNPA operates the system that allows consumers to keep their telephone numbers when they switch communications...Learn More

What is the Value of Wireless Spectrum?

What is the value of wireless spectrum? It’s a question I’ve been thinking a lot about lately as some stakeholders lobby for more unlicensed spectrum while others lobby for more licensed spectrum. We’ve become accustomed to using an auction process to sort out spectrum value...Learn More

Senate Net Neutrality Vote Aims to Reinstate Rules

The Senate voted 52-47 yesterday to overturn the decision late last year to end Net Neutrality rules. The Senate Net Neutrality vote was brought up under the Congressional Review Act, which allows a vote on regulatory changes within a limited time after they are signed...Learn More

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