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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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. 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.
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.
“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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.