Sprint Announces Wireless Lifeline Services Partnership with i-wireless

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 02, 2016 – Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced it has entered into an agreement with i-wireless, LLC to strengthen its position as a leader in the wireless Lifeline services industry. The partnership will merge Sprint’s Assurance Wireless and i-wireless’ Access...Learn More

600 MHz Auction Target Meets Expectations: 126 MHz to be Available

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The 600 MHz auction target announced Friday by the FCC is a satisfactory 126 MHz of spectrum, essentially meeting the target amount of spectrum the commission hoped would be made available for auction when it began planning the auction several years ago. Spectrum in the...Learn More

FCC Business Data Services Regulation Would Require Carriers to Revise Contracts

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The FCC today took the next step toward implementing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan for business data services regulation. The commission at today’s monthly FCC voted to adopt a tariff investigation order and a further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM) that would re-regulate business data...Learn More

Letter of Credit Concerns Delay FCC Rural Broadband Experiments

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Sixteen months after initial funding recipients were announced in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiments program, some awardees have been unable to proceed with their projects because funds have not yet been released to them. At issue is a requirement that awardees obtain a letter of...Learn More

Proposed Charter, TWC, Bright House Deal Conditions Would Prohibit Interconnection Fees

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday recommended approval of a long-awaited cable industry megamerger. But the Charter, TWC, Bright House deal conditions would prohibit the merged company from charging interconnection fees and from imposing usage-based pricing and data caps. Apparently the merged company also would be...Learn More

Access from AT&T Launches, Offering $5 a Month Internet for Low Income Users

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AT&T today officially launched Access from AT&T, an Internet for low income users product costing as little as five dollars a month. The company last year agreed to offer the service as a condition of its acquisition of DirecTV. Households in AT&T’s local service territory...Learn More

Report: The Cooperative is a Good Model for Publicly Owned Broadband Networks

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The cooperative ownership model could be a good one for publicly owned broadband networks according to a new report published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Next Century Cities. The 30-page report focuses on the experiences of RS Fiber, a Minnesota network that was...Learn More

Broadband Economic Impact Report: Rural Broadband Supports 70K Jobs, $100B in E-Commerce

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Investment in rural broadband boosts the economy – not just locally, but beyond – according to a new broadband economic impact report from The Hudson Institute sponsored by the Foundation for Rural Service. Rural broadband service providers contributed $24.2 billion to the economies of the...Learn More

Internet Security Attitudes: 57% More Concerned This Year, Survey Finds

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More than 8 in 10 people living across 24 countries (83%) believe there should be new rules regarding how companies, governments and other users make use of personal data, according to new research about Internet security attitudes. The research was commissioned by the Center for...Learn More

Wisconsin Broadband Legislation Aims to Cut Through Red Tape

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The state of Wisconsin has passed a bill aimed at making it easier for network operators to deploy broadband, which Governor Scott Walker signed late last month. The Wisconsin broadband legislation, which was spearheaded by the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA), lays out requirements that...Learn More

Business Fiber Report: More Than 2 Million Locations Connected

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The percentage of U.S. commercial buildings with fiber connections to businesses rose to 46.2% in 2015, according to the latest business fiber report from Vertical Systems Group. In translation, that equates to more than 2 million individual business establishments, the market research company highlights in...Learn More

Does Boston Signal a Shift in Verizon Fios Deployment Plans?

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After winding down Fios buildouts several years ago, Verizon yesterday announced plans to deploy its fiber-to-the-home technology in Boston, raising questions about possible future Fios deployment plans. Verizon said it would invest more than $300 million in Boston over the next six years and that...Learn More