If the FCC were to approve the White House's recommendations, the Internet would be regulated like other utilities such as electricity, water and telephone services. The White House is calling for an "explicit ban" on deals between broadband Internet providers and online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube.
Spurred on by recent standardization efforts, carrier Wi-Fi revenues in the United States are projected to reach nearly $8 billion by 2019, according to a recent report. The report by ABI Research also said that Cisco and Ruckus Wireless were the early carrier Wi-Fi equipment vendor leaders while other main market players include Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, and Ericsson.
On Friday AT&T agreed to buy Mexico wireless provider Iusacell for $2.5 billion. The deal nets AT&T Iusacell’s licenses, network assets, retail stores as well as its approximately 8.6 million subscribers. Iusacell operates as both Iusacell and Unefón and maintains a network that covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s population.
President Barack Obama today said he would like to see broadband reclassified under Title II, as a means of ensuring the Internet remains free and open. NCTA president Michael Powell responded, “We are stunned the President would abandon the longstanding, bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet"
"Several large mobile operators have made a gigantic blunder, by ignoring the opportunity to deploy Wi-Fi or utilize Hotspot 2.0 – so cable operators and other service providers are jumping on the opportunity." The growth in public Wi-Fi installations will far outstrip the deployment of small cells by telcos.
Amazon is introducing a voice-recognition service called Amazon Echo that comes with a speaker-like wireless device just in time for the holiday shopping season. The device offers updates on news and weather and provides hands-free voice control for Amazon services such as Prime Music.
Suddenlink parent Cequel reported growth in revenue, growth in basic video subscribers, and increased ARPU. The company said it expects to increase capital spending next year to upgrade its network; this is in accordance with its previously announced Project GigaSpeed.
ESPN is the latest channel announcing it is going to offer direct subscriptions next year, joining HBO and CBS. Separately, CBS said that its Showtime channel will also be available over the top next year. Disney is going to hold off on going OTT with any of its many other channels.
Cablevision Systems lost subscribers in the third quarter, including data customers. CEO James Dolan also noted that "a significant number of suppliers" -- programmers, are preparing services similar to the ones announced by HBO and CBS, in which they will go direct to consumers.
In the single largest deployment in the company’s history, Boingo Wireless has installed 25,000 hotspots across Marine, Army and Air Force bases. All told, Boingo's Wi-Fi service, which is called Boingo Broadband, now covers 21 United States military bases across the globe.
Mediacom Communications saw its third quarter revenue increase slightly in the face of declining video subscribers. Privately held Mediacom, the nation’s eighth-largest cable operator, reported a net quarterly decline of 8,000 primary service units (PSU) across its two subsidiaries.
DirecTV (DTV) on Thursday reported earnings of $611 million in its third quarter. The El Segundo, California-based company said it had profit of $1.21 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.33 per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations.
Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. said it plans to buy privately held Telesphere Networks for $114 million. Telesphere, based in Phoenix, provides video conferencing and cloud-computing for small businesses. It's expected to have revenue of about $40 million this year, Vonage said.
Dish Network is “cautiously optimistic” that the fixed-mobile broadband trials it’s currently running with Sprint and nTelos will turn into a “real business.” Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said those trials and other opportunities have the satellite-TV provider well-positioned for growth.
Telefónica Argentina has awarded a follow-on contract to Amdocs to manage a range of its business support systems applications. Separately, another customer, OJSC VimpelCom in Russia, has turned to Amdocs again, this time for Customer Management for its call centers.