Wheeler at INTX: No Going Back on FCC Internet Interconnection Oversight

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In an address to cable industry stakeholders today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defended Open Internet rules but did not mention broadband’s reclassification as a Title II telecommunications service. “Cable has important technical advantages, leading market position and very limited regulation,” said Wheeler. “It is an...Learn More

FCC Fines Carrier for Failing to Register, Avoiding USF Payments

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May 4, 2015 – Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine Simple Network, Inc., a New Jersey prepaid calling card provider, $100,000 for allegedly providing interstate telecommunications services without registering with the FCC through the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  Simple Network’s...Learn More

New Verizon Deals: Could Peering Disputes Be On the Way Out?

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Three months after the FCC threatened closer oversight of Internet interconnection agreements as part of its Open Internet order, Verizon has reached traffic exchange agreements with two companies that previously were the focus of high-profile interconnection disputes. On April 23, Verizon noted in a corporate...Learn More

Broadband Provider Associations Seek Stay of Title II Decision on Broadband

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Five associations representing broadband service providers in two separate filings on Friday asked the FCC to stay its decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service. One filing came from the American Cable Association and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. The other...Learn More

Verizon Rural Call Completion Hotline Launched in FCC Compliance Plan

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Rural telcos that have problems with calls not going through to their customers from Verizon customers now have a hot line to call at Verizon. In addition, Verizon plans to award $30,000 to $50,000 for an academic study on methods to determine and resolve rural...Learn More

Obama to Launch Low-Income Free E-Book Program Today

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President Obama is expected to announce today a program to bring free e-books to low-income students. White House officials told reporters yesterday that several book publishers have agreed to provide e-books in the program valued at $250 million. In addition, the president will seek commitments...Learn More

AT&T and SNET to Pay FCC $10.9 Million in USF Lifeline-Related Penalties

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April 29, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – To resolve an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, AT&T and its former subsidiary Southern New England Telephone (SNET) have agreed to pay $10.9 million in penalties for overbilling the FCC’s Lifeline program, a program which...Learn More

FCC Offers $1.7B for Broadband Connect America Fund, $411 Avg Per Line

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The FCC late yesterday offered the nation’s largest price cap telcos $1.7 billion annually for six years to bring broadband to parts of their service territories where broadband is not available today. Funding offered averages just over $400 per line annually ($411). The commission made...Learn More

High-Tech Lobbying Expenditures: Report Finds Big Jump from Google

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Political lobbying aimed at influencing what’s written into new and revised federal legislation and regulations is a core activity for the world’s multinational information and communications technology (ICT) companies. Google, for instance, spent a record $5.47 million in lobbying the U.S. Congress in 2015’s first...Learn More

Wheeler: FCC Will Tackle Rate-of-Return CAF Program This Year

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The FCC has committed to “taking action” on a broadband Connect America Fund program for the nation’s smaller rate-of-return carriers by the end of the year, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a blog post Friday. To further that goal, the commission has met with...Learn More

FCC Frees Up Shared-Use Spectrum, Will Explore LAA

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The FCC today adopted a report and order that will free up spectrum in the 3550-3700 MHz band that could be used by wireless network operators for mobile broadband service on a shared basis with incumbent military users. Spectrum also will be available for unlicensed...Learn More

Municipal Broadband: Signs of Desperation?

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There is a spirited debate within the broadband industry regarding the growing number of municipal governments and/or utilities getting into the broadband access business. There are passionate arguments with legitimate concerns on both sides of this debate. To get a better understanding of this issue,...Learn More