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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

ISPs can't turn to Congress for Title II avoidance

February 25, 2015 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

A key Senator said the Republicans opposing the FCC's proposal to reclassify broadband as a communications service don't have enough votes to stymie the Commission's plans.

Republican Commissioners Ask for Delay of Vote on Title II

February 24, 2015 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Republican FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly on Monday asked Chairman Wheeler to delay a vote on whether to reclassify Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as public utilities.

Small ISPs make case for Title II exemption

February 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Representatives of the ACA met with members of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau to reiterate its argument that Title II would impose “unwarranted and onerous burdens” on small service providers.

Verizon pens letter to FCC on restricting network access

February 13, 2015 12:51 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon sought to clarify its intention to explore commercial arrangements that restrict network access. Verizon submitted a filing aimed at correcting comments FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made on the matter. Verizon's letter took issue with Wheeler’s alleged misunderstanding of “commercial arrangements.”

Obama eyes cybersecurity in heart of Silicon Valley

February 13, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks, President Barack Obama is trying to spark alliances between policymakers who want to regulate the online world and tech innovators who traditionally shun Beltway bureaucracies. In California's Silicon Valley on Friday, Obama was participating in a White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection.

Wheeler: it'll be modernized Title II, not the hybrid approach

February 10, 2015 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC will use a modernized version of Title II with Section 706 as a “one-two” punch to keep the Internet fast, fair and open, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech last night, in which he provided a little more insight into his plans, which remain unpublished.

Connected cars have few safeguards against hackers

February 9, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There is a clear lack of appropriate security measures to protect drivers against hackers who may be able to take control of a vehicle or against those who may wish to collect and use personal driver information, according to a report from Sen. Edward Markey's office.

Congress slow to agree on Internet regulation

February 6, 2015 11:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Few members of Congress appear willing to move toward a bipartisan update to the 80-year-old, law that top U.S. regulators say gives them the authority to regulate the Internet. That means that communications legislation written in 1934, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, will likely be used to regulate how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast do business with content providers.

It's official: the FCC intends to reclassify broadband

February 4, 2015 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In order to enforce network neutrality, the FCC will propose reclassifying broadband under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to raise network neutrality principles from general tenets to explicit rules, and he intends to include mobile broadband for the first time.

FCC preparing to void laws barring muni broadband

February 2, 2015 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC is said to be developing a plan to curtail or even void state laws that prohibit municipal broadband. The indications are accumulating that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler isn’t backing off on any of his threats to bring the communications industry to heel.

New rules may answer question of whose Internet it is

February 2, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather.

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