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LTE Innovation Summit: FirstNet - Are We Ready?

June 1, 2015 1:50 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | Videos | Comments

In this panel at Rhode & Schwartz's LTE Innovation Summit, Wireless Week's Andrew Berg moderates a panel of experts for an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities ahead for an nationwide interoperable first responder's network.

NSA Surveillance Program Suspended, Congress Debates Renewal

June 1, 2015 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency suspended its collection of domestic phone records at midnight...

AT&T and DirecTV address conditions on merger

May 29, 2015 12:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, Associate Editor, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T and DirecTV met with the FCC as planned to address the conditions Netflix, Dish, Cogent...

The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Died so OTT Video Could Live

May 29, 2015 12:29 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Blogs | Comments

That kind of scale could have squashed the new emerging TV model. It could have killed OTT video...

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Report: FCC Unlikely to Expand 600 MHz Auction Spectrum Reserve

May 29, 2015 11:42 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

All four carriers along with cable and internet companies have lobbied for certain conditions in the 600 MHz auctions, which are tentatively scheduled to begin in the first half of 2016. The proceedings will likely be one of the last times for the...

FCC proposes inclusion of broadband among lifeline services

May 28, 2015 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal Thursday to expand the Lifeline phone program to Internet service aims to narrow the "digital divide" — those with access to the Internet and other modern technologies and those without.

Charter sides with Sprint, T-Mobile, on 600 MHz auction rules

May 27, 2015 2:10 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Charter is weighing in on the rulemaking process for the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions and the cable provider is siding with Sprint and T-Mobile. All three are arguing that 30 MHz is not sufficient for the spectrum reserve and that the FCC must bump it up to 40 MHz.

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US Telecom looking for new avenue to challenge FCC

May 27, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

USTelecom has filed a petition against the FCC that on first glance appears to be counter to its own interests in the network neutrality debate. Appearances can be deceiving. The association is engaging in a legal a maneuver to gain standing to comment on the FCC’s order “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet."

Altice still has ambitions for U.S. cable consolidation

May 27, 2015 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Altice has declared itself out of the running for Time Warner Cable, but if its acquisition of Suddenlink is approved, it might not be finished buying U.S. cable properties. The biggest merger candidates left are Cox Communications, Cablevision, Mediacom and Cable One.

FCC signals a fair assessment of Charter-TWC-BHN

May 26, 2015 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

The industry thinks it needs to parse FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s statements. It does not; he says what he means. Wheeler's statement on the news was carefully worded, and those skeptical of his intentions but interested in seeing the deal go through should read it as encouraging.

Charter buys both Time Warner Cable and Bright House

May 26, 2015 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter will be spending almost $90 billion to acquire two of its peers. The merged company will serve less than 30 percent of broadband customers receiving 25 Mbps or less nationwide, and only about 17 percent of all video subscribers.

Charter buys both Time Warner Cable and Bright House

May 26, 2015 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter will be spending almost $90 billion to acquire two of its peers. The merged company will serve less than 30 percent of broadband customers receiving 25 Mbps or less nationwide, and only about 17 percent of all video subscribers.

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Ending NSA snooping is up to the Senate now

May 22, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The House has left town, having passed a bill to end the NSA's collection of domestic phone metadata. The fate of the NSA's bulk collection of American phone records is now before the Senate, in what is increasingly looking like a game of legislative chicken.    

FCC to start assessing fees on DBS duo

May 22, 2015 11:49 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC has decided to start assessing fees on direct broadcast satellite companies for the first time. The Commission is also seeking comment on whether and how to revise the way it currently assesses fees on radio and TV broadcasters.

NC sues FCC over muni broadband ruling

May 18, 2015 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The State of North Carolina is suing the FCC to prevent the city of Wilson, N.C., from expanding its municipal broadband network. North Carolina argues that the FCC lacks the authority to issue the order.

AT&T investing in broadband despite Title II uncertainty

May 18, 2015 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

AT&T is moving ahead with its planned $18 billion spend this year on wireless broadband and fiber-to-the-home infrastructure, despite the utter lack of clarity in the regulatory environment, undermining everyone else's objections to Title II reclassification.

Cybersecurity symposium added to Cable-Tec schedule

May 15, 2015 2:30 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and CableLabs is holding a cybersecurity symposium that will coincide with this year’s Cable-Tec Expo.

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Reports: Cox to trial data caps; FCC eying the practice

May 15, 2015 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Usage caps are gaining attention again, with separate recent reports that the FCC might open an examination of the practice and that Cox Communications is setting up a trial in Cleveland.

Comcast vows to hire 10K veterans

May 14, 2015 2:24 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast NBCUniversal will hire 10,000 veterans, reservists, and their spouses or domestic partners over the next three years. The company has created the position of VP of military and veterans initiatives to manage all programs, and outreach efforts related to the military and veteran community.

FCC asked to impose conditions on AT&T-DirecTV merger

May 14, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Dish, Cogent, and several advocacy groups cosigned a letter to the FCC requesting the commission impose conditions on AT&T’s $48.5 billion merger with DirecTV.

Cox sues AT&T, claims U-verse violates key patents

May 14, 2015 12:30 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cox Communications is suing AT&T, claiming that AT&T’s U-verse violates three of its patents. The suit leaves it to the court to set damages. Given the fundamental nature of the patents involved, the potential amount could be substantial.

Industry asks Appeals Court to stay Title II order

May 13, 2015 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The petitioners include the NCTA and ACA, representing the cable industry, along with USTA, CTIA, AT&T, CenturyLink, and WISPA. This was the entirely expected next step after the FCC rejected similar petitions from pretty much the same group.

FCC rejects requests for stay of Title II implementation

May 11, 2015 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC flatly rejected petitions for a stay that would have prevented the Commission’s reclassification of broadband under Title II to take effect on June 12. Those who petitioned the FCC for a stay are expected to now turn to U.S. Courts directly for a stay.

FCC loses Court battle that was holding up AT&T-DirecTV merger review

May 8, 2015 7:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

A Federal Appeals Court found concrete definition in the enigmatic and unexplained, only to be confronted with synonyms that had no strict legal definition. So it parsed those words with all the discrimination of a teenager choosing from among similar shades of red nail polish, all to determine the FCC had violated its own policies, thus committing a substantive procedural flaw.

AT&T dismisses Netflix objections to DirecTV merger

May 8, 2015 1:50 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T argued against Netflix’s claim that AT&T’s merger with DirecTV is harmful to online video distributors, and claimed “economic realities” would prevent AT&T from degrading service to customers. 

Court eviscerates NSA justification for phone record sweeps

May 8, 2015 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court declared that the NSA's program that gathers data from landline calling records from Americans is illegal. Thursday's ruling happened as Congress considers if the program . . .

Candidate Fiorina stumps against FCC, Congress meddling

May 7, 2015 9:31 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Fiorina slammed the FCC's Open Internet rules and Title II classification of broadband, but advocated against the cable industry's preferred fix, for Congress to take the reins.

Facing a hostile crowd at INTX, Wheeler stands firm

May 7, 2015 9:25 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC Chairman's promise to fix the broken retransmission consent rules wasn't nearly enough to mollify a crowd of cable operators still furious about Title II reclassification of broadband and the FCC's role in the dissolution of the Comcast-Time Warner deal.

Netflix attacks AT&T-DirecTV deal

May 6, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet video service Netflix is telling the Federal Communication that it should reject AT&T's purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV unless some changes are made.

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