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Telcos ask FCC for stay on Title II

May 1, 2015 3:01 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Several organizations from the telco sector have petitioned the FCC for a stay on its Open Internet Order, which reclassifies broadband as a communications service subject to Title II regulation.  

TWC turns in best ever quarter, operations-wise

May 1, 2015 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable turned in one of its most impressive quarters in terms of subscriber metrics...

FCC sets Connect America disbursements totalling $1.7B

April 30, 2015 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC has significantly increased the funding for the Connect America Fund (CAF) to $1.675...

CenturyLink closing in on a TV franchise in Minneapolis

April 29, 2015 1:56 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CenturyLink has been approved by a Minneapolis City Council panel to begin providing pay TV...

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Comcast walking away from TWC deal

April 23, 2015 7:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

From the beginning, the company vigorously defended the merger as a great deal for everyone involved, but all of the proposed benefits were nice-to-haves -- nothing associated with the deal was imperative or solved any particular problem for anybody.

CenturyLink dinged $16M for 911 outage

April 23, 2015 1:52 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CenturyLink has agreed to pay a settlement fee of $16 million to the federal government for a 911 outage that affected seven states. most were in Washington. According to local reports, the outages were due to a software coding error by Intrado Communications.

Verizon increases FiOS penetration in Q1

April 21, 2015 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The company addressed several controversies, including one associated with its its new pick-and-pay plans for FiOS TV, and the other about AT&T’s response to the FCC’s reclassifying broadband under Title II.

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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 Wednesday, following reports at the end of last week that Justice lawyers are leaning against approving Comcast’s acquisition of TWC.

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 unnamed sources – is reporting that that those reviewing the case at Justice are disinclined to approve the deal even with conditions.

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 role. She will also continue to manage the Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee. 

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.

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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 . . . 

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.

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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.

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. . .

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.

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