NTCA: Average Rural Telecom Provider Paperwork Consumes 587 Hours Yearly

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Average rural telecom provider paperwork required by regulators consumes 587 hours per year – more than 73 workdays – including completing reports and responding to requests for information, according to a survey conducted by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and the Small Company Coalition...Learn More

ACA: 200 Small Video Providers Could Shut Down Due to New FCC STB Requirements

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The American Cable Association has joined the opposition to new proposed FCC STB requirements introduced earlier this year, arguing the proposal could force more than 200 of the 700 small U.S. cable companies out of the video business. The FCC proposal would require cable companies...Learn More

FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center Launched

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A new online FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center aims to provide greater, more detailed and more timely public access to consumer complaint records along with tools to customize how records are viewed. The new platform is part and parcel of FCC efforts to enhance transparency,...Learn More

G.fast Bandwidth Improvement Better Positions Copper Broadband Against Cable, DOCSIS

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Broadband component manufacturer Sckipio Technologies hopes its new chip announced today will help telcos better compete with cable companies by enabling G.fast bandwidth to be dynamically allocated between the upstream and downstream paths. G.fast technology originally was developed to support high bandwidth over short copper...Learn More

Consumer Complaint Leads to InContact Rural Call Completion Settlement

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Cloud contact center application provider InContact has agreed to pay a $100,000 civil penalty and implement a compliance program in a rural call completion settlement with the FCC. It’s the smallest of five such settlements that have been made with the FCC but it also...Learn More

FCC Approval for Charter TWC Bright House Merger Received

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FCC approval for Charter TWC Bright House merger plans, announced late Friday, means the deal could close soon. The only remaining hurdle is the California Public Utilities Commission, which is expected to vote to approve the deal this week. Charter’s plan to acquire Time Warner...Learn More

U.S. Internet Economic Impact Measured at $1 Trillion Annually

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A new study from the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) estimates the Internet economic impact in the U.S. at more than $1 trillion a year. The IIA attributes that hefty number, at least in part, to a light regulatory environment. The Internet has spurred significant job...Learn More

Obama Cool and Connected Broadband Program Targets Rural Economic Development

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Five rural communities in the same number of states will participate in President Obama’s Cool and Connected broadband pilot program, which aims to use broadband to spur economic development in these communities. The program is administered by The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S....Learn More

Senators Want USDA’s Community Connect Broadband Speed Definition Raised

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Four U.S. senators have written a letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, asking him to raise the Community Connect broadband speed definition. The Community Connect grant program pays the majority of the costs of bringing broadband to extremely rural lower-income...Learn More

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