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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

AWS-3 Auction Results Show AT&T, Verizon, Dish as Big Spenders

January 30, 2015 2:28 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T poured the most money into the auction, shelling out $18.2 billion in provisional winning bids (PWB). Verizon spent $10.4 billion in the auction. T-Mobile spent about $1.8 billion. Dish Network and its allies surprised by spending more on PWBs than estimated.

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Comcast pushes TWC merger date back to August

January 30, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Barring delays, Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable would have been completed by February. But there have been delays. Squabbles among companies who are party to the review, about who can see what documents in the proceeding, have repeatedly delayed the review process.

AWS-3 Auction Ends, Pulls in $44.9 Billion

January 29, 2015 2:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Analysts estimate the bulk of the proceeds came from AT&T and Verizon, each of which might have spent $15 billion to $20 billion on the auction. It’s possible that both carriers bid around each other since the AWS-3 band plan made it possible for two carriers to land 20 MHz of spectrum.

Why cable objects to broadband being 25 Mbps

January 29, 2015 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

MSOs are now providing broadband rates far in excess of the proposed new minimum, but the cable industry insists that’s not the point. The speed definition of broadband is intrinsically tied into the network neutrality debate, which is tightly intertwined with the argument about how to classify broadband. (updated Jan. 30 to include ACA comment)

U-verse grows a bit; Stephenson allows Title II feasibility

January 28, 2015 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T U-verse added a modest 73K video subscribers in Q4. Meanwhile, CEO Randall Stephenson allowed that there might be ways for the FCC to reclassify broadband under Title II without damaging the industry; he just wants to see the plan first before deciding. 

FTC recommends privacy, security protections for Internet of Things

January 27, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

If the Internet of Things is going to be a viable business, individuals relying on it must have some expectation that networks will be secure and privacy can be assured. The Federal Trade Commission today issued recommendations that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumers' privacy and security.

Verizon hints at OTT product; reports Internet of Things revenue

January 22, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CFO Fran Shammo teased about an over-the-top product that might be introduced in the summer.  He said the IoT is now a defined, growing business with specific revenue attached. He also reiterated Verizon’s opposition to Title II reclassification.

Net neutrality, cybersecurity on State of the Union agenda

January 20, 2015 2:22 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Network neutrality, cybersecurity, and paid sick leave are likely topics for this evening’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama. The President in November announced his support of net neutrality, and what he calls “lowering the cost of launching a new idea.”

How “Big Brother-ish” Can Sponsored Data Get?

January 16, 2015 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | Blogs | Comments

It’s true that sponsored data has some benevolent, or at least fairly benign, applications. But an app that uses Fitbits to monitor hotel employees to make sure they're working suggests that more Orwellian applications could be on the horizon. 

Cuomo admin to expand broadband access in NY

January 16, 2015 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Cuomo administration wants to give every corner of New York access to broadband Internet by 2019. If approved by state lawmakers the expansion plan would set aside $500 million to go to private broadband providers who invest a matching amount.

Jasper plans to join ranks of gigabit cities

January 16, 2015 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The city of Jasper, Indiana, said it has entered a deal with Smithville Communications and its Smithville Telecom subsidiary to rewire the city with fiber. Smithville Telecom will be based on equipment from Calix, and connectivity will be FTTP. Access is going to be 1 Gbps symmetrical.

Charter adds 3 to government affairs team

January 15, 2015 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that it had hired three executives for the company’s government affairs team. Adam Falk was named senior vice president, government affairs while Waldo McMillan and Tamara Lipper Smith were hired to the roles of vice president, government affairs.

Mediacom CEO Commisso slams Obama’s Cedar Falls visit

January 15, 2015 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

Mediacom Communications CEO and founder Rocco Commisso took umbrage with President Barak Obama’s visit to Cedar Falls, Iowa on Wednesday. Obama stopped in at Cedar Falls Utilities, which is a competitor to Mediacom, to voice his support for local communities building their own broadband networks with taxpayer money.

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