Posts Tagged ‘FCC’

Expert Opinion: Business as Usual Despite Departure of Universal Service Administrative Company CEO

Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, FCC, IP Transition, Universal Service February 10th, 2014

Although it is the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) that is charged with implementing the ambitious universal service policy goals set forth in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (the “Act”), the FCC designated the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”), an independent, not-for-profit corporation, to administer the day-to-day operations of federal universal service. USAC bills […]

The Broadband State of the Union? Obama Touts Apple- and Microsoft-Funded eRate Initiative in Address

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Universal Service January 29th, 2014

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2014 – President Obama highlighted the importance of broadband connectivity in his State of the Union address Tuesday, and announced that Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon were contributing funds to enable ultra-high-speed broadband connections “over the next two years, without adding a dime to the deficit.” The statement appears to be a […]

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 […]

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

FCC, Net Neutrality January 14th, 2014

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2014 – The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a setback for the Federal Communications Commission, on Tuesday stuck down the agency’s Open Internet Order, issued in 2010. The open internet rules built upon a prior policy statement issued by the FCC in 2005. In 2010, former agency chairman Julius Genachowski attempted […]

On Broadband: At the Beginning of a Cycle, a Low-Controversy Federal Communications Commission

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, IP Transition, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum December 16th, 2013

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2013 – Last Thursday’s testimony, by the full group of Federal Communications Commissioners at the House Energy and Commerce Committee, restores the pulse of the nation’s technology and communications policy issues to a “low-tension” state. We’ve seen this perennial cycle before: first, an issue stirs immense conflict among the agency’s five members. […]

An Array on Broadband-Related Events in December

Events, FCC, NTIA December 11th, 2013

December 11, 2013 – The next week includes a variety of broadband-related events, both in Washington and elsewhere in the country.

Thought of the Day: Saving Net Neutrality Through an Anti-Competition-Based Approach

Net Neutrality November 14th, 2013

With growing concern by some advocates of network neutrality that the D.C. Circuit is about to side with Verizon Communications, and against the Federal Communications Commission, on the agency’s open internet rules, the search is on to find another way to legislatively mandate openness. Over at GigaOm, Paul Sweating is touting the new measure by […]

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