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AWS-3 Auction Results Show AT&T, Verizon, Dish as Big Spenders

January 30, 2015 2:28 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T poured the most money into the auction, shelling out $18.2 billion in provisional winning bids (PWB). Verizon spent $10.4 billion in the auction. T-Mobile spent about $1.8 billion. Dish Network and its allies surprised by spending more on PWBs than estimated.

Comcast pushes TWC merger date back to August

January 30, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Barring delays, Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable would have been completed by February...

AWS-3 Auction Ends, Pulls in $44.9 Billion

January 29, 2015 2:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Analysts estimate the bulk of the proceeds...

Why cable objects to broadband being 25 Mbps

January 29, 2015 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

MSOs are now providing broadband rates far in excess of the proposed new minimum, but the cable...

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U-verse grows a bit; Stephenson allows Title II feasibility

January 28, 2015 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T U-verse added a modest 73K video subscribers in Q4. Meanwhile, CEO Randall Stephenson allowed that there might be ways for the FCC to reclassify broadband under Title II without damaging the industry; he just wants to see the plan first before deciding. 

FTC recommends privacy, security protections for Internet of Things

January 27, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

If the Internet of Things is going to be a viable business, individuals relying on it must have some expectation that networks will be secure and privacy can be assured. The Federal Trade Commission today issued recommendations that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumers' privacy and security.

Verizon hints at OTT product; reports Internet of Things revenue

January 22, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CFO Fran Shammo teased about an over-the-top product that might be introduced in the summer.  He said the IoT is now a defined, growing business with specific revenue attached. He also reiterated Verizon’s opposition to Title II reclassification.

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Net neutrality, cybersecurity on State of the Union agenda

January 20, 2015 2:22 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Network neutrality, cybersecurity, and paid sick leave are likely topics for this evening’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama. The President in November announced his support of net neutrality, and what he calls “lowering the cost of launching a new idea.”

How “Big Brother-ish” Can Sponsored Data Get?

January 16, 2015 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | Blogs | Comments

It’s true that sponsored data has some benevolent, or at least fairly benign, applications. But an app that uses Fitbits to monitor hotel employees to make sure they're working suggests that more Orwellian applications could be on the horizon. 

Cuomo admin to expand broadband access in NY

January 16, 2015 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Cuomo administration wants to give every corner of New York access to broadband Internet by 2019. If approved by state lawmakers the expansion plan would set aside $500 million to go to private broadband providers who invest a matching amount.

Jasper plans to join ranks of gigabit cities

January 16, 2015 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The city of Jasper, Indiana, said it has entered a deal with Smithville Communications and its Smithville Telecom subsidiary to rewire the city with fiber. Smithville Telecom will be based on equipment from Calix, and connectivity will be FTTP. Access is going to be 1 Gbps symmetrical.

Charter adds 3 to government affairs team

January 15, 2015 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that it had hired three executives for the company’s government affairs team. Adam Falk was named senior vice president, government affairs while Waldo McMillan and Tamara Lipper Smith were hired to the roles of vice president, government affairs.

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Mediacom CEO Commisso slams Obama’s Cedar Falls visit

January 15, 2015 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

Mediacom Communications CEO and founder Rocco Commisso took umbrage with President Barak Obama’s visit to Cedar Falls, Iowa on Wednesday. Obama stopped in at Cedar Falls Utilities, which is a competitor to Mediacom, to voice his support for local communities building their own broadband networks with taxpayer money.

Obama criticizes state laws on broadband competition

January 15, 2015 1:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wading into a states' rights dispute over Internet access, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for the repeal of laws that prevent local communities from creating their own broadband networks. Obama, for the second time in three months, cast himself as an antagonist to large cable and telephone companies that provide the bulk of the nation's Internet service.

House 'Regulatory Accountability Act' Could Hobble FCC

January 14, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Articles | Comments

The House Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that if passed by the Senate would limit the power of nearly all regulatory agencies, including the FCC. The White House said the President would ultimately veto the bill if it makes it through the Senate.

Investors not alarmed by FCC's regulatory proposals

January 14, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

MVPDs remain firmly against Title II reclassification, claiming it would force them to reconsider investment in their networks. If anyone should be alarmed at such claims, it should be investors, but anti-regulatory sentiment might not be quite as fervent among them as might be expected.

Obama pitching more access to fast Internet

January 14, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. Obama wants to expand access to broadband communications services, siding with local communities that want either to expand competition or provide municipal services themselves. 

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Obama: With tech advances come privacy risks

January 13, 2015 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama proposed strengthening laws against identity theft by requiring notification when consumer information is hacked and protecting students' private data. Obama wants Congress to pass legislation called the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, which would require companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked.

Obama wants laws on data hacking, student privacy

January 12, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, Home Depot and Neiman Marcus. A White House official said Obama will announce the proposed legislation Monday, along with a measure aimed at preventing companies from selling student data to third parties.

CES: Wheeler hints at utility-style rules for Internet

January 8, 2015 1:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online.Wheeler strongly indicated Wednesday that he favors the shift to tougher regulations, describing it as "just and reasonable" during an appearance in Las Vegas at CES.

CES: FTC chief says consumer privacy a priority

January 7, 2015 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

While gadget companies are celebrating a coming bonanza of health trackers, connected cars and "smart" home appliances, the head of the FTC is pressing the tech industry to protect consumer privacy. Powerful networks of data sensors and connected devices will collect a vast trove of user information but represent "a deeply personal and startlingly complete picture of each of us," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. 

FCC to vote in Feb. on net neutrality

January 5, 2015 12:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks. The five-member Federal Communications Commission will consider then a proposal from Chairman Tom Wheeler on so-called net neutrality rules, agency spokeswoman Kim Hart said Friday.

Cable to FCC: start assessing fees on DBS duo

December 30, 2014 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC today started taking comments for the next report it will prepare on competition in the satellite market, and the cable industry responded promptly, again requesting that the FCC assess fees on DirecTV and Dish Network commensurate with the fees the FCC levies on every other MVPD.

China cuts access to Gmail

December 30, 2014 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese seeking to avoid government monitoring. Data from Google's Transparency Report show online traffic from China to Gmail fell precipitously on Friday and dropped to nearly zero on Saturday, although there was a tiny pickup on Monday.

Defiant Sony will release "The Interview" after all

December 23, 2014 5:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"The Interview" was put back into theaters Thursday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release. Sony also is continuing its efforts to release the film on more platforms and in more theaters.

FCC again stops the clock on the Comcast-TWC merger

December 23, 2014 5:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TWC told the FCC that it had withheld the documents on an incorrect claim of attorney-client privilege, according to the agency. TWC should have turned over those documents in September, but did not until earlier this month (December). Furthermore, there are another 30,000 documents that were misplaced due to some unspecified vendor error.

Kentucky begins $250M project to improve "dismal" broadband availability

December 23, 2014 3:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The state is getting most of the money from Macquarie Capital. Macquarie has assemble a team including First Solutions, Fujitsu Network Communications, Black & Veatch, and Bowlin Group, to design, develop and operate the private/public network over the next 30 years.

Regulating online video distributors: Capital Currents

December 22, 2014 4:47 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Now that the NPRM has been published, we can see the legal and policy problems that it will face. There are many. If OVDs are determined by the FCC to qualify as MVPDs, then it might give them certain program access rights. But MVPDs also face certain obligations. Will these same obligations apply to OVDs?

FCC proposes OTT companies get MVPD status

December 22, 2014 4:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The question is coming up with increasing frequency, and cannot be ignored. Sky Angel continues to press its case. More recently, the Supreme Court confused the issue immensely by likening Aereo to an MVPD, even though absolutely nobody else agrees, a conundrum that helped drive Aereo into bankruptcy. 

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