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CenturyLink sues FCC on Open Internet order

April 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Objecting that using Title II to impose network neutrality rules is too heavy-handed, CenturyLink said that it yearly spends hundreds of millions of dollars to “build, maintain and update an open Internet network and does not block or degrade lawful content.”

Comcast, TWC to meet with Justice Dept.

April 20, 2015 12:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Representatives of Comcast and Time Warner Cable will be meeting with the Justice Department on...

Justice Dept. reported skeptical of Comcast-TWC deal

April 17, 2015 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Justice’s formal review of the deal is not due until next week, but Bloomberg – relying on...

FCC names deputy chief technologist

April 17, 2015 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Alison Neplokh was chief engineer with the FCC’s Media Bureau and will continue to serve in that...

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FiOS adopting Canadian pick and pay model

April 17, 2015 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Verizon FiOS is breaking down its programming bundle, offering the option to subscribe to a basic tier of channels which can be supplemented with mini-bundles of channels – essentially theme-based tiers – for an incremental fee.

Cable, Wireless industries sue to stop FCC's Title II plan

April 14, 2015 5:05 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

NCTA president Michael Powell said reclassification is unjustifiably going too far; that even a partial victory for any of the interests involved will be treated as a first step in completely undermining the FCC’s intent; and said that barring some other solution more litigation against the FCC is inevitable.

LTE-U – Wi-Fi Spectrum Grab?: Capital Currents

April 13, 2015 3:30 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy of Rockville, Maryland | Articles | Comments

LTE-Unlicensed is a standard being developed by 3GPP so that cell phone operators such as Verizon and T-Mobile will be able to use unlicensed spectrum around 5 GHz. The co-existence of Wi-Fi and . . . 

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Network Neuterality: Ciciora's Corner

April 10, 2015 5:42 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Ciciora compares the differences, and similarities, between cable companies and newspapers when debating network neutrality by drawing comparisons between operators and editors . . .  

CRTC evaluating if Canadian ISPs are keeping up

April 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has launched a major fact-finding process to assess whether Canada has the right telecommunications to be a world-class player in the digital economy.

Philly trashes Comcast service, pricing

April 10, 2015 2:31 pm | by Helena Fahnrich and Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

So much for the home field advantage. The City of Philadelphia, preparing to renegotiate Comcast's franchise agreements, released a long-awaited report that shows that Comcast's hometown customers are less happy with their service than Comcast customers elsewhere.

Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

April 8, 2015 2:06 pm | by Anne Flaherty, AP writer | News | Comments

Consumer advocate groups are asking the FCC to require phone companies to block automated calls. However, phone companies are resistant to the possibility of strict rules due to . . .  

ACA petitions FCC to help control content costs

April 8, 2015 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Armed with a new study showing a direct correlation between rising programming costs and diminished infrastructure investment, the organization has petitioned the FCC to rein in skyrocketing content costs, which would free capital for service improvements.

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FCC to proceed with "effective competition" review

April 7, 2015 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC has denied a petition from the NAB and Public Knowledge to not consider what constitutes “effective competition” in the MVPD market.

Judge overturns AT&T claim of exemption from FTC lawsuit

April 2, 2015 6:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Federal Judge Edward M. Chen of the District of Northern California has ruled against the claim AT&T filed in January, which stated the company is exempt from FTC jurisdiction due to their status as a common carrier.

TN legislature fails to unleash Chattanooga's network

April 1, 2015 2:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Tennessee lawmakers have shelved a bill meant to allow its municipalities to expand the internet services beyond its current limits. Consideration of the bill has been postponed until 2016 as support for the bill was insufficient.  

Wave Broadband in talks to take over Click operations

April 1, 2015 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Tacoma, whose Click service is one of the first modern municipal broadband networks, is considering leasing operations to Wave Broadband, which would introduce gigabit service and VoIP.

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. . .

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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 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions.

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 "premature" and may be dismissed because they were filed too early. The Federal Communications . . .

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 because of a long-running regulatory review. The country's largest cable company wants to buy Time Warner . . .

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 . . .

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.

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.

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