FCC Preempts Anti-Municipal Broadband Legislation

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As expected, the Federal Communications Commission today voted to preempt state laws restricting community broadband in North Carolina and Tennessee. The decision came in the form of an order adopted at today’s FCC meeting, with the commission’s three Democratic commissioners supporting the decision and the...Learn More

New Net Neutrality Rules Adopted by FCC, New Broadband Rules Result

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The Federal Communications Commission sought to put a human face on Net Neutrality at today’s monthly meeting, where the commission adopted an order re-imposing Net Neutrality rules and reclassifying both mobile and landline broadband as telecommunications services. “Today’s FCC action is about consumer rights, free...Learn More

Wireless Innovation Forum to Study 3.55 GHz Spectrum Sharing

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Aiming to capitalize on the FCC’s proposed Part 96 rules, the Wireless Innovation Forum on February 12 announced the formation of a new committee that will focus on advancing spectrum usage by providing sharing in the 3.55 GHz band. Dubbed the Spectrum Sharing Committee (SSC),...Learn More

Title II Broadband and Small Carriers: ACA Asks for Exemption

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The American Cable Association, which represents several hundred small U.S. cable companies, is asking the FCC to exempt its members from Title II obligations for broadband service. Many of those small cablecos offer broadband as well as video services, which would make them subject to...Learn More

Bill Would Force FCC to Study Wi-Fi Spectrum Sharing

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, along with Reps. Bob Latta (R-OH), Vice Chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee,...Learn More

DSL: The New Dial-Up?

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With the recent FCC definition of broadband changing to 25/3 Mbps, the impact on DSL based Internet services could be significant. Since potentially millions of DSL lines in the U.S. aren’t capable of 25/3 Mbps, by one definition, they are no longer broadband. Does that...Learn More

TDM-to-IP Transition: Operators Dismayed By FCC Backup Power Proposal

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Is the FCC trying to eat its cake and have it too when it comes to the TDM-to-IP transition? Two different carrier organizations suggested the answer is yes in comments filed with the FCC last week. At issue is how closely carriers will have to...Learn More

Impact of Broadband Competition: Could U.S. Carriers Take a $2 Billion Hit?

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The largest, market-leading ISPs in the U.S. stand to lose some $2 billion per month in subscriber revenues as the U.S. Internet market opens up to more competition, according to a report from broadband research provider Point Topic aimed at gauging the impact that increased...Learn More

FCC Confirms Title II and Net Neutrality Plans, No USF Changes

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The FCC confirmed today that it plans to vote later this month on an order that would reclassify broadband as a Title II or telecommunications service and impose strict Network Neutrality rules. In a blog post on the website of media outlet Wired, FCC Chairman...Learn More

FCC Poised to Reclassify Broadband as a Title II Service

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The Federal Communications Commission is getting set to classify broadband as a Title II or communications service, according to news reports. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to circulate a draft of the reclassification order within the commission and to release a fact sheet this...Learn More

NTCA, ITTA, and COMPTEL Launch ‘Don’t Comcast the Internet’ Campaign

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Trade associations representing incumbent and competitive carriers have joined forces on a “Don’t Comcast the Internet” campaign opposing the pending Comcast – Time Warner merger. The associations include NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, which represents small incumbent telcos; Comptel, which represents competitive carriers and ITTA (The...Learn More

FCC Set to Reverse Certain Anti-Municipal Broadband Legislation

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Municipal broadband network operators in Tennessee and North Carolina could expand beyond their current service territories as the result of an order proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. If adopted later this month as expected, the order could pave the way for operators in other...Learn More