With amazing growth in 3G and 4G devices, broadband is going wireless, saturating demand for radio-frequencies. Can the Federal Communications Commission keep up with the demand for spectrum?

Broadband Roundup: With Aereo off the Air for Now, Alternatives Seek Advantage, and Legislators Advocate for Municipal Broadband

Broadband Roundup, Copyright, Wireless June 30th, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 -Following the Supreme Court’s blow last week against Aereo, the video streaming service has shut down indefinitely as it drags back into the lower courts. Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia wrote a letter to consumers explaining the decision. “We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court […]

Broadband Roundup: Klobuchar and Lee Question Comcast-Time Warner, Less Rural Wireless, and Mayors Seek Net Neutrality

Broadband Roundup, FCC, Wireless June 25th, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014 – Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, have raised concerns over the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, according to Broadcasting & Cable. At issue is the potential for a reduction in outlets for traditional video programming, innovation in broadband, and price […]

FCC Releases Latest Report on Measuring Broadband; Gap Between Actual and Advertised Speeds is Closing

Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Wireless June 18th, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 – Most internet service providers are delivering upload and download broadband speeds as advertised, according to the Federal Communications Commission, although there is room for improvement in consistency of speed. In its “Measuring Broadband America” report released Thursday, the FCC said that, on average, ISPs are delivering 101 percent of advertised […]

Broadband Roundup: Wireless Data Exploding, Will Sprint Succeed with T-Mobile, Cybersecurity Bill

Broadband Roundup, Media ownership, Mobile Broadband, Wireless June 18th, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 – A new study by Wireless Association CTIA reported that between 2012 and 2013, mobile traffic and data increased by 120 percent. That’s 383 times the data usage from 2008. The result was $331 billion worth of investments into wireless networks last year, according to the association. On the communications merger […]

Broadband Roundup: AT&T Won’t Block Internet, Google and Vodafone Working to ‘Seal Cracks’ in Net

Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality, Wireless June 9th, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 – In a blog post on Friday, AT&T gave its assurance that paid prioritization was not part of the telecommnications gianits plans. “Not a single [internet service provider] has asserted a desire or right to engage in any of these practices to create ‘fast lanes and slow lanes.’  AT&T certainly has […]

Broadband Roundup: Sprint and T-Mobile Proposal, Mobile Broadband Rising, Media Ownership Rules

Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Wireless June 5th, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 – Another significant telecommunications merger proposition is underway between Sprint and T-Mobile. The Wall Street Journal reported that the acquisition would cost Sprint $32 billion, or about $40 per share in cash and stock. Sprint and T-Mobile are the third and fourth largest wireless operators in the United States, respectively. The […]

Broadband Roundup: Germany Rebuffs Surveillance for Repression, Wearable Technology in the Body and Cyber-Attacks

Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact, Cybersecurity, Wireless May 21st, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 - ABC News reported that Germany plans to limit their exports of surveillance technology to states “that fail to respect their human rights.” The action is a response to recent allegations made against intelligence agencies, claiming that surveillance programs have been unwarranted and non-transparent. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he wanted to keep […]

Broadband Roundup: AT&T-DirecTV Merger and its Impact on the Marketplace

Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact, Media, Media ownership, Net Neutrality, Wireless May 19th, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 – AT&T announced that it would acquire DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal, according to multiple sources. The agreement may allow AT&T to position itself in a way to rival cable firms. AT& would acquire about 20 million of DirecTV’s customers. The Washington Post recounts that the stated goal of the […]

Building a Legal Case for Net Neutrality Rules, FCC’s Wheeler Hopes Courts Will Look Favorably on His Logic

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality, Wireless May 19th, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 – The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s last two efforts to enshrine network neutrality. So what makes current chairman Tom Wheeler feel as though he can succeed where two of his predecessors failed?

The answers lie in the details of the 85-page order – called a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” in the legalese of Washington telecommunications bureaucrats – released late on Thursday.

At its core, Wheeler aims to regulate broadband providers without having to treat them as regulated entities. [...]

Expert Opinion: On Backhaul, Sprint is Playing Both Sides of the Street

Expert Opinion, FCC, Fiber, Spectrum January 21st, 2014

Wall Street and K Street are separated by a mere 225 miles, but for many companies they are worlds apart.  In particular, industry observers would do well to compare everything said to policymakers with statements by the same competitors made to Wall Street investors. Defense companies, for example, warned policymakers that sequestration would spell the […]

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