The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau has gotten approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to move ahead with the process of reviewing data from ISPs and service providers on the state of the special-access market.
AT&T has made AT&T Stadium, home of Dallas Cowboys football, a showcase for its wireless services, with an extensive Wi-Fi network, enough cellular-network capacity to serve a small suburb and the first stadium LED display built to respond directly to fans.
In a new filing with the FCC, AT&T Mobility said that it doesn't believe it can use its WCS C and D Block spectrum for a mobile LTE network because the system would create too much interference with other operations in nearby spectrum bands. As a result, the carrier said it hopes to use the spectrum to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services because pointing the antennas up at the sky would reduce the possibility that the network would interfere with operations in adjacent bands, including Sirius XM radio.
AT&T expects to begin deploying LTE Broadcast technology, also known as LTE Multicast, sometime in 2015, according to a top AT&T executive.
AT&T's growing GigaPower footprint will be a competitive differentiator because it offers symmetrical upstream and downstream speeds of 1-Gig and can meet the growing amount of upstream traffic, said a top AT&T executive.
Verizon is reportedly planning to use its 4G LTE mobile wireless network to deliver cable TV programming within a year.
About half of the thousands of letters the FCC has received about Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable and AT&T's planned acquisition of DirecTV have come from viewers who want their RFD-TV.
Suddenlink has announced its long-anticipated program to "progressively boost Internet speeds and make 1 Gbps service available to all the company's customers," the MSO said. In a separate announcement, AT&T said it was boosting its Austin, Texas, market speeds from 300 Mbps to a gigabit as part of its GigaPower network.
AT&T is launching its GigaPower network in Miami, giving residential and small business customers access to symmetrical broadband speeds of up to 1-gigabit per second. The Miami launch is part of the company's GigaPower initiative that it launched late last year in which it promised to deliver its ultra-fast fiber service to up to 100 cities across 25 markets nationwide.
AT&T is upgrading existing fiber to the premises (FTTP) network users in Austin, Texas, to 1 Gbps, joining cable overbuilder Grande Communications as the second provider to support such speeds.