FCC Seeks More Than $76 Million from Two Carriers for Alleged USF Violations

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The FCC plans to fine Hawaii-based Sandwich Isles Communications more than $49 million for allegedly violating rules of the high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) and to require the company to repay over $27 million in improper USF payments.  In an unrelated development, the commission also...Learn More

Report: U.S. High-Tech Jobs Average 30K per Congressional District

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The high-tech economy plays an important role in every U.S. Congressional district, including providing an average of nearly 30,000 jobs per congressional district, according to new research about U.S. high-tech jobs from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “The U.S. economy is extremely diverse, and...Learn More

Does Deletion of Agenda Items Signal Republican-Triggered FCC Freeze?

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Don’t expect the FCC to make any major decisions for the remainder of President Obama’s term in office. As the nation gets set for a Republican administration, including anticipated Republican control of the FCC, commission chairman Tom Wheeler apparently has heeded calls from Republican lawmakers...Learn More

$21.7 Million Fine Planned, Alleging USF FCC Rural Health Care Program Fraud

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The FCC plans to fine telecom services reseller Network Services Solutions and its chief executive $21.7 million for apparent violations involving alleged FCC Rural Health Care program fraud, a program of the Universal Service Fund (USF). The fraud violation fine is the result of Network...Learn More

Carrier Elections of FCC A-CAM Model Based Broadband Support Exceed Budget by $1.6 Billion

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The FCC is seeking input on what to do about a $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the broadband Connect America Fund program for rural rate-of-return carriers opting to transition to support based on a cost model developed by the FCC. The shortfall occurred because more...Learn More

FCC Broadband Privacy Rules Adopted

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As expected the FCC at today’s monthly meeting voted to adopt consumer privacy rules for broadband Internet service providers. The FCC broadband privacy rules pertain specifically to providers of broadband Internet service. “The bottom line is that it’s your data,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...Learn More

Stand-Alone Broadband: Will Rural Users Still Pay Twice What Urban Users Pay?

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The FCC’s plan to allow rural rate-of-return carriers to collect Universal Service funding for stand-alone broadband may not achieve its intended goal of substantially reducing the cost of that service, cautioned Michael Romano, senior vice president of industry affairs and business development for NTCA—The Rural...Learn More

T-Mobile Open Internet Settlement Will Cost at Least $48 Million

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T-Mobile has agreed to pay $48 million to settle an Open Internet investigation by the FCC into whether the company adequately disclosed speed and data restrictions for what the company called an “unlimited” mobile data plan. The T-Mobile Open Internet settlement will include a $7.5...Learn More

FCC Confirms Soaring Costs for Video Programming, Retransmission Fees

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The average price for basic cable TV service increased 2.3% to $23.79 for the 12-month period ending January 1, 2015, driven in large part by soaring costs for video programming, according to a new FCC pay TV price survey. Expanded basic cable service rates increased...Learn More

Latest Wheeler Business Data Services Proposal Calls for 11% Cap Reduction on TDM Offerings

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A new proposal for regulating business data services from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calls for an 11% reduction in the cap on incumbent local carriers’ TDM service pricing to be phased in over three years, beginning in July 2017. TDM services sold on a wholesale...Learn More

FCC Poised to Adopt Wheeler Broadband Privacy Proposal

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The FCC will vote later this month on a proposal from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler spelling out rules for broadband providers to follow with regard to customer privacy. The Wheeler broadband privacy proposal currently circulating within the commission would require providers to obtain “opt-in” consent...Learn More

Study: Business Data Services Price Regulation Would Hurt All Providers

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Business data services price regulation under consideration by the FCC would be harmful to competitive as well as incumbent providers, according to a report released today from the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. According to the analysis, a 15% decrease in business data...Learn More