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Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

March 27, 2015 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed. . .

Sprint, CCA members make case for joint bidding in 600 MHz auctions

March 26, 2015 1:46 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and smaller carriers are hoping to team up to take on AT&T and Verizon in next year’s...

USTelecom, Texas Internet provider sue over net neutrality

March 26, 2015 12:58 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government's new Internet traffic rules are "...

Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer

March 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Comcast says its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable will take longer than expected...

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Columbus OH plans public-private broadband network

March 26, 2015 11:55 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The city council of Columbus, OH, looking to encourage the private sector to roll out high speed broadband, has approved a plan to offer anyone willing to provide such services to use city-owned fiber.

CableLabs joins 5G research project

March 25, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The research program, NYU Wireless, is exploring millimeter wave wireless. mmWave is good only for short distances, but it has the potential for delivering data at rates nearing 1 Gbps.

Oregon Senate to vote on tax break for Internet companies

March 25, 2015 11:52 am | by Johnathan J. Cooper, AP writer | News | Comments

The Oregon Senate expects to vote Tuesday on a bill giving tax breaks to Internet providers and companies that own data centers, the measure's sponsor said Monday. The bill is a response to an . . .

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First legal challenges filed against FCC's Internet plans

March 24, 2015 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The lawsuits challenging the FCC’s recent Internet activities have started to trickle in. Two suits challenge the Commission’s Open Internet plan. Another aims to block the agency from nullifying two specific state laws that restrict the expansion of municipal broadband networks.

Canada orders MSOs to offer pick-and-pay options

March 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The CRTC has backed off a plan to order Canadian MVPDs to offer their subscribers full a la carte choice, and instead has ordered Canadian operators to establish basic service bundles that can be supplemented with additional tiers.

HBO, Sony looking to skirt network neutrality

March 20, 2015 1:17 pm | News | Comments

In the media: HBO, Showtime, and Sony are all proposing to pay MVPDs to have their services prioritized as they are distributed, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today. The trick would be to call this something other than "paid prioritization."

AT&T, Verizon to litigate Title II through industry organizations

March 19, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and Verizon will likely allows others to fight the upcoming court battle against the FCC's new Open Internet rules. 

Wheeler: no secret orders from the White House

March 17, 2015 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

Is anybody waiting for the day when the merits of Title II regulation are debated? The news today is that if you are, you’re going to be waiting longer still. But Congress has got conspiracies to address, so let's get to it.

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FCC proposal would virtually eliminate cable rate regulation

March 16, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Commission today issued an NPRM that asks if the availability of DirecTV and Dish Network in a market automatically qualifies as “effective competition.” If yes (the FCC argues "yes"), rate regulation would automatically be dropped.

FCC's reviews of Comcast, AT&T megamergers back on hold

March 16, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The two communications megamergers – Comcast with Time Warner Cable and AT&T with DirecTV are back on hold, as the FCC waits for the courts to make a decision on a procedural matter.

Cuba allows rare taste of free public Wi-Fi

March 12, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cuba has allowed the launch of the island's first known free, public and officially sanctioned Internet service at a Havana cultural center that quietly began offering open Wi-Fi in recent weeks.

FCC publishes Open Internet Order

March 12, 2015 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC has finally published its order reclassifying broadband as a Title II service under the Communications Act – the Open Internet Order. Commissioner Pai’s dissent from the decision charges that the action itself violates the Communications Act.

Comcast enrolls record number of Internet Essentials subscribers

March 11, 2015 1:20 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In the last six months, Comcast has added 90,000 accounts to its Internet Essentials plan, which makes broadband available at more affordable rates for low-income customers. The company said the recent additions set a new six-month enrollment record for the program.

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ACA to FCC: help us reduce rising program costs

March 10, 2015 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The ACA has petitioned the FCC to make it easier for its members to collectively bargain with programmers, which the organization argues will help smaller operators maintain margins, in turn giving them greater latitude to extend and improve broadband services.

FCC Counselor: Title II will not be burdensome, so no exemptions

March 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Independent operators are seeking exemption from Title II. That's unlikely, an FCC representative told attendees at the ACA Summit, because the agency believes the cost of compliance will “not be burdensome.”

AT&T slams Netflix’s apparent flip-flop on net neutrality

March 5, 2015 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Netflix apparently has mixed feelings about the FCC’s push to reclassify ISPs under Title II regulation. Speaking at a Morgan Stanley conference, Netflix CFO David Wells said his company had hoped for a non-regulatory resolution and wasn’t “pleased” with the outcome.

SCTE expands Engineering Committee

March 5, 2015 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The board has been expanded to 15 members, including for the first time the chairs of each of the five Standards Subcommittees to increase participation in, and knowledge of, the SCTE's standards activities. 

Rep. Walden backs legislative fix for network neutrality

March 5, 2015 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Rep. Greg Walden called the FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband as a communications service a “total overreach,” and insisted that a legislative approach is the best way to assure that ISPs conform to network neutrality principles.

Charter will swoop back in if Comcast-TWC falls through

March 4, 2015 11:55 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast remains confident its takeover of Time Warner Cable will be approved, but if the deal fails to get approval, Charter is ready to step back in. Either way, Liberty Global and Liberty Media expect more consolidation deals.

Wheeler Takes Controversial Title II Pitch on the Road

March 3, 2015 1:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

“President Obama and I have both been longtime supporters of net neutrality,” Wheeler said at MWC, arguing that the Internet needs a referee. “Do we have a set of rules that says activities should be reasonable and somebody who can throw the flag if they’re not?” 

Trust the market... except when it's wrong

March 2, 2015 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

The market has reacted to the FCC’s plan to reclassify broadband with utter indifference. Needham nonetheless downgraded Time Warner Cable. Other analysts are likely to follow. If the market is wrong, it needs to be show its error.

Wall Street yawns in response Title II

February 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.

FCC allows city-owned Internet providers to expand

February 27, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

People in small communities may get better, cheaper access to the Internet after the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that city-owned broadband services can expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers. The decision quietly played out minutes before the FCC took up the higher-profile issue of Internet neutrality, which imposed the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

Net Neutrality: Let the lawsuits begin

February 27, 2015 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

Not long after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his liked-minded commissioners voted on Thursday in favor (3-2) of Net Neutrality rules to regulate Internet service providers, the flag dropped on filing lawsuits that will vigorously oppose those new rules. Service providers, such as Comcast, vowed to file lawsuits and work with Congress against reclassifying broadband service as a public utility.

ISPs Fall Under Title II After 3-2 FCC Vote

February 26, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The FCC Thursday morning passed new rules that will reclassify ISPs as public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act. The new rules, which passed on a 3-2 vote, will ban paid prioritization agreements; outlaw the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services and will apply to wireless providers. 

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