Peering Dispute: Level3 Says Fix Would Cost Verizon A Few Grand Per 10G

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Level3 says Verizon could fix the congestion problems the companies have been arguing over by spending “a few thousand dollars” per 10 Gbps of traffic from Level3.The comment came in a blog post from Level3 Vice President of Content and Media Mark Taylor in a...Learn More

FCC Proposes Model-Based CAF for Rate-of-Return Carriers

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The FCC wants rate-of-return telecom companies to transition to model-based support as today’s voice-focused high-cost Universal Service Fund is phased out and converted to a broadband-focused Connect America Fund program. Small rural ROR companies today receive USF support based on how their actual costs compare...Learn More

Peering Dispute: Verizon, NetForecast Say Netflix Network is the Congested One

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Two new analyses – one from Verizon and the other from Internet consulting firm NetForecast – argue that Netflix’s reported network congestion problems are of its own making. Verizon’s Analysis of Peering Dispute Verizon’s analysis came in a blog post from the company’s vice president...Learn More

USF Strike Force Established to Crack Down on Fraud and Abuse

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The FCC has created what it is calling a “USF strike force” that will be “dedicated to combatting waste, fraud and abuse” in the Universal Service Fund. Neither the move nor its timing are surprising, considering that the commission is counting on freeing up USF...Learn More

FCC Reveals Rural Broadband Trial Plans, Reforms E-Rate

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The budget for FCC rural broadband trials announced in January has been set at $100 million and the commission expects to award funding by year-end, officials said at today’s FCC meeting, where selection criteria for the rural broadband trials also were adopted. The commission also...Learn More

‘Cable Company’ Aereo Wants Compulsory Content License

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Aereo might not cease operations after all. The company is now arguing that because the Supreme Court ruled that the company was a cable TV service provider, it is entitled to a compulsory license to offer local broadcast content. Aereo had argued that what it...Learn More

Net Neutrality Survey Finds Fast Lane Support

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Asserting that “Net Neutrality is dead,” an annual LTE survey conducted by Israeli mobile Internet optimization and monetization company Flash Networks at the most recent LTE World Summit found that 69 percent of operators and 74 percent of subscriber respondents believe that “mobile operators should...Learn More

NTCA Finds Fast Rural School Broadband

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It appears that the rural-rural broadband gap applies to schools as well as the broader Internet marketplace. That seems the best explanation for two substantially different measurements of average school bandwidth in surveys conducted by NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association and EducationSuperHighway, an advocacy organization...Learn More

FCC Announces Merger Review Teams for Comcast-TW Cable and AT&T-DirecTV

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July 7, 2014 — Washington, D.C. – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced today the members of an inter-bureau steering committee and the working team leaders established to coordinate the agency’s review of  merger applications from Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter and AT&T-DirecTV. Jonathan Sallet, General...Learn More

FCC Releases E-Rate Data by State

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Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission today released a report of the potential impact of a pending proposal to modernize the federal E-Rate program to meet a pressing demand by the nation’s schools and libraries: robust connectivity to the Internet through Wi-Fi networks. Three...Learn More

FCC Investigates Cramming Complaints Against T-Mobile

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Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission announced today that it is investigating complaints that T-Mobile billed its customers for millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services.  The FCC has coordinated its investigation with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which...Learn More

GAO Wants RUS to Report More Details on Broadband Stimulus Results

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office has asked the Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Rural Utilities Service, to provide more detailed information about the impact of the broadband stimulus program in annual reports. “RUS has not shown how the approximately $3 billion in funds awarded...Learn More