Broadband Roundup: FTC Against Public Utility Broadband Regulation, Holder Slaps Tech Industry, and FCC Video News

FCC, Media, Media ownership, Wireless October 2nd, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 2, 2014 ­- Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen warned that reclassifying broadband under public utility regulation including in Title II of the Communications Act would put ISPs beyond the legal reach of the FTC, the Washington Post reported. The item was previously reported in Broadband Breakfast. Currently, the FTC is not able to […]

Wheeler Addresses Both Wired and Wireless Infrastructure to Enhance Broadband Buildout and FirstNet

FCC, Fiber, Public Safety, Weekly Report October 2nd, 2014

October 2, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday addressed the importance of local choice and competition regarding broadband access during remarks at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference in Minnesota.   Although he didn’t make specific comments about recent petitions from two communities – Wilson, North Carolina, […]

Broadband Roundup: Standard-Option Encryption, Madison Fiber Build, and the House of Wheeler

Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact October 1st, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2014 – Smartphones are about to become “NSA-proof,” according to the Washington Post. In the wake of continued stream of information about surveillance by the National Security Agency, Google and Apple are making device encryption a standard feature in their newest software releases in an effort to ease consumer concern about government […]

FCC Chairman Wheeler Continues Push for E-Rate Modernization, Targets ‘Rural Fiber Gap’

Broadband's Impact, Education, FCC, Fiber September 29th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency was committed to modernizing the E-rate program. He made the statement  in remarks at the 2014 Educational Technology Summit here. Schools and libraries participating in the FCC’s E-rate program must pay the best rates available for high-speed connectivity. He said the FCC’s recent […]

An Active Debate Over Whether Wireless Broadband Must Also Play Under Net Neutrality Rules

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality, Wireless September 29th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – Whether or not mobile Internet providers will be subject to the same net neutrality rules as wired broadband providers has become an increasingly prominent factor in the current debate over net neutrality rules. The proposal laid out by the Federal Communications Commission in May would only be applicable to wired […]

Broadband Roundup: Incumbents Defend Data Caps, Cite Competition, and Plan Gigabit Service

Broadband Roundup, Gigabit Networks, Media ownership, Net Neutrality September 24th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2014 –Verizon Communications and AT&T are urging the Federal Communications Commission to include the use of data caps in the agency’s definition of broadband. Including usage-based pricing in its definition is important because companies that use universal service funds to build networks in rural areas must accept the standards laid out in […]

Connecticut Gigabit Venture Seeks to Build Open Access Broadband Network With Municipal Tools

Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks September 23rd, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 23, 2014 – Connecticut officials planning a Gigabit Network in their state aim to take advantage of three core state broadband assets: An extensive state fiber network, streamlined processes governing rights-of-way, and a single administrative point of contact for infrastructure builds. The mayors and state officials involved in issuing Connecticut’s Request for […]

Broadband Roundup: FTC a Loser Under Title II, Rural Gigabit Projects, and Wireless Sponsored Data

FCC, Fiber, Net Neutrality, Wireless September 23rd, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 23, 2014 – In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission noted that some of its regulatory authority would be lost if the FCC decided to regulate broadband as a public utility. The FTC protects the privacy and security of consumer data by imposing obligations on broadband service providers […]

Broadband Roundup: Tech Companies Support Muni Broadband, Open Internet A Civil Rights Issue, Former AT&T Partners Caution Against DirecTV Bid

Net Neutrality, Wireless September 22nd, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2014 – The Internet Association asked the Federal Communications Commission to carefully consider blocking state laws that inhibit municipalities from enlarging their government run Internet networks, The Hill reported. The association, while abstaining from directly asking the federal government to strike down laws in Tennessee and North Carolina, did say that the […]

Three Woman in Communications Policy Highlight Citizen Participation, Activism and Engagement for Broadband

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Net Neutrality September 22nd, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 22, 2014 – Three of the most prominent women in communications policy on Thursday highlighted the vital role of citizen participation, activism and corporate engagement to ensure a collective high-speed broadband future. “The next six to eight months are perhaps going to be the most important months in the history of communications […]

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