RUS Broadband Stimulus $3.5 Billion Program: Was it a Failure?

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The Politico website has published a scathing yet apparently heavily researched post criticizing the Rural Utilities Service’s role as administrator of the $3.5 billion broadband infrastructure program (BIP) that was part of the stimulus program adopted by U.S. lawmakers in 2009. According to the author,...Learn More

Chattanooga Gigabit: EPB Looking at Next-Gen PON

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EPB, the first U.S. company to broadly deploy gigabit service residentially, has put any plans to expand service outside its electric utility service territory on hold, said Danna Bailey, EPB vice president of corporate communications, at a press event at the company headquarters in Chattanooga...Learn More

AT&T/ DirecTV Deal Approval: Low-Income Broadband and Other Conditions

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Just days after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a draft order to approve AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, the full commission on Friday approved the order and AT&T and DirecTV completed the deal.  As expected, the commission is imposing several conditions on the merger, including a...Learn More

Wheeler’s AT&T/ DirecTV Approval Plan: Any Rural Conditions?

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AT&T could be required to submit all of its interconnection agreements, along with regular network performance reports, to the FCC as a condition of FCC approval of the company’s plan to acquire DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal announced in May 2014. In a statement...Learn More

T-Mobile to Pay $17.5 Million to Resolve 911 Outage Investigation

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Washington, D.C., July 17, 2015 – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has reached a $17.5 million settlement with T-Mobile, resolving an investigation into two 911 service outages that occurred on the company’s national network last year. The separate but related outages, which together lasted approximately three...Learn More

FCC Set to Reject Dish Partner Spectrum Bidding Credits

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The FCC is set to reject $3.3 billion in auction credits granted to small companies owned, in part, by Dish Network in the recent AWS-3 auction, the Wall Street Journal reports. The two companies – SNR Wireless and Northstar Wireless – would not be able...Learn More

FCC Adopts Rural Carrier Bidding Credit for 600 MHz Auction, Delays Other Key Issues

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Updated later July 16 As expected, the FCC at today’s monthly meeting adopted a report and order that will give small rural carriers a bidding credit in the upcoming 600 MHz auction of TV broadcast spectrum.  Although the commission did not detail the size of...Learn More

FCC Poised to Act on Copper Retirement

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After years of debate, the FCC is poised to put measures in place next month to enable network operators to retire existing copper serving end user customers and to replace it with fiber or other alternatives. On a briefing with reporters today, FCC officials said...Learn More

Strong Telecom Investment Helps Put U.S. Near Top of Net Vitality Index

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The U.S. is one of the top five countries developing a “robust broadband Internet ecosystem,” according to a new report from The Media Institute Global Internet Freedom Advisory Council. Also among the top five are South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom and France, according to...Learn More

Next Century Cities Offers Gigabit Deployment Tips

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The Next Century Cities (NCC) next-generation broadband coalition on July 8 published a policy agenda that charts a course for its city, town and community members to develop fast, reliable and affordable broadband Internet connections and services. Established in October 2014, Boise, Idaho this past...Learn More

Comment Invited on Improving FCC Video Competition Report

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The FCC is asking for input on the data it should collect for its annual report on video competition. In a 20-page public notice released last week, the commission seeks comment from video providers, consumers, and manufacturers of customer premises equipment (CPE) about how to...Learn More

Broadband Coalition Launches Pro-Competition Petition

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At least 6800 people have signed a petition created a month ago by competitive carrier organization Broadband Coalition that asks policy makers to take steps to improve broadband competition.  Broadband Coalition was formed in 2012, initially focusing largely on issues related to competition in the...Learn More