How Internet Companies Are Driving a Public Utility Regulation Approach to Net Neutrality
FCC, Net Neutrality
September 12th, 2014
WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – In what would have seemed highly unlikely just a few months ago, growing support for public utility regulation is emerging. Tech companies, politicians, internet service providers, and component makers have started to outline their views regarding their policy approach to the issue of net neutrality. In order to understand the […]
Broadband Coalition Launched Over Summer Urges More Competition For Consumers’ Sake
September 3rd, 2014
WASHINGTON, September 3, 2014 – A group of leading telecommunications providers in June announced the creation of a new trade group, dubbed “Customers for Competition,” at the same location at the Library of Congress where the 1996 Telecommunications Act was signed at the Library of Congress 18 years ago. “We will be building stories from […]
Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn Lays Out Goal to be ‘Hallmark of Continuity and Progress’
May 20th, 2013
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2013 – On Monday morning, in an e-mail to staff at the Federal Communication Commission, Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn issued a statement on her priorities as acting chairwoman. Clyburn emphasized the compassionate nature of FCC employees, as well as the importance of their mission. “There is no more exciting or critical mission […]
The Connect America Fund: Statements and Highlights from the FCC Commissioners
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Tribal Broadband, Universal Service, Wireless, WISP
October 28th, 2011
WASHINGTON, Friday October 28, 2011. The Federal Communication Commission unanimously voted to overhaul its outdated the Universal Service Fund and reform its intercarrier compensation fund at yesterday morning’s Open Commission Meeting. The FCC predicts that an effort to expand high speed internet to rural America over the next six years, will increase economic growth by […]
FCC Homes in on E911 Location Data at July Meeting
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Public Safety, Spectrum, Wireless
July 13th, 2011
WASHINGTON July 13, 2011 – The Federal Communications Commission approved a Notice of Proposed Rule Making that would aim to improve the ability of first responders to locate mobile and Voice over IP (VoIP) callers who contact 911 during its July meeting on Tuesday.
The Commission passed by a unanimous vote a Notice of Proposed Rule Making on improving the accuracy of location information for wireless and Voice over IP (VoIP) services. The NPRM seeks to establish a standard for VoIP location information.
FCC Approves Comcast-NBCU Merger
FCC, Media ownership, Net Neutrality
January 18th, 2011
WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday afternoon that it had come to an agreement with Comcast and NBC Universal to approve the merger of the two companies. The Commission gave the merger the go ahead after the companies agreed to a number of conditions, among them adherence to the FCC’s recent Open Internet […]
FCC Issues Open Internet Rules
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality
December 22nd, 2010
WASHINGTON, December 22, 2010 – In an uncommon split vote on Tuesday, the FCC handed down an order requiring network providers to abide by certain rules intended to maintain network neutrality.
FCC Moves to Improve Spectrum Availability and Use By Taking from Broadcasters
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum, Wireless
December 1st, 2010
WASHINGTON, December 1, 2010 – The FCC unanimously passed three measures aimed at improving spectrum availability and efficiency while spurring innovation at its November open meeting on Tuesday. The wireless industry applauded the agency’s move.
The first measure would reallocate over-the-air broadcast television stations so that two or more would share a 6 megahertz channel. The commission anticipates that channel sharing could free up to 120 MHz of spectrum, which would be reallocated to also carry wireless broadband. The move would comprise nearly one-fifth of the 500 MHz of spectrum the commission plans to make available for wireless broadband over the next 10 years as part of the National Broadband Plan.
FCC Aims to Expand Consumer Welfare
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, International, National Broadband Plan
October 15th, 2010
WASHINGTON, October 15, 2010 – The recent Federal Communications Commission recent open meeting looked to progress the chairman’s goal of improving consumer welfare. The issues spanned the range of the FCC’s authority from cable to broadband and mobile telephony and even touched on technology around the Yangtze River.
FCC Opens Up White Space For Unrestricted Uses
FCC, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum, Wireless
September 24th, 2010
WASHINGTON, September 24, 2010 – In a unanimous vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved the use of the “white spaces” for unlicensed uses. The white spaces are the band of spectrum now empty after television signals went digital. These bands offer some of the best promulgation characteristics and are available nationwide.