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: 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 […]
Copps Responds to Senators, Orders Handset Agreement Probe
June 18th, 2009
WASHINGTON, Thursday June 18, 2009 – After a frenetic burst of activity on and off Capitol Hill, Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps (D) announced on Thursday an investigation into whether consumers are being harmed by exclusive contracts between handset manufacturers and wireless carriers.
Boucher 'Has Some Ideas' on Stimulus Definitions, Looks to Genachowski to Lead on National Plan
Broadband Stimulus, Net Neutrality, NTIA
June 18th, 2009
ARLINGTON, Va., June 18, 2009 – House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., has no plans to influence the Federal Communications Commission’s development of a national broadband plan. But speaking Thursday morning at the Pike and Fischer Broadband Policy Summit here, he made clear his experience representing a rural district informs his ideas on how the FCC should assist the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Rural Utilities Service in defining unserved and underserved markets.
Senators Examine Relationship Between Wireless Carriers, Consumers
FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless
June 18th, 2009
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2009 – Wireless carriers deals with equipment vendors and their commitment to rural coverage came under the microscope Wednesday as executives and industry analysts testified before the Senate Commerce Committee during a hearing on “the wireless consumer experience.”
Broadband Conduit Bill Gets Senate Companion, Genachowski Endorsement
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
June 16th, 2009
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2009 – Legislation to require federal highway construction to include conduits and fiber was introduce in the Senate Monday by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. The Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2009 a similar House bill introduced last month by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.
Industry and Consumers Clash at FCC Over Cell Phone Fees
June 13th, 2008
June 12 – Industry and consumer groups butted heads at the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday over early termination fees, or charges imposed on the customers of communications services prior to the expiration of their contract.