Verizon Wireless abandoned plans to throttle the data speeds of customers who are on legacy unlimited data plans who crossed into 5 percent of data users on Verizon's LTE network when they are on high-traffic cell sites.
The FCC is making its formal pitch to TV broadcasters in an effort to get them to relinquish their 600 MHz spectrum for next year's planned incentive auction, arguing that the one-in-a-lifetime auction could deliver billions of dollars to broadcasters throughout the country. For the first time the FCC is making public its estimates for how much money broadcast stations in different markets will get if they give up their airwaves.
The FCC voted unanimously Tuesday to end 40-year-old rules that restrict pay-TV companies from carrying pro sports games in "blacked out" markets.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told attendees during an education event in Washington, D.C., that more schools and libraries, particularly those in rural areas, need access to more fiber-based network facilities.
The FCC is reportedly set to redefine online video platforms like Aereo that stream linear TV content as MVPD operators, similar to cable and satellite companies.
The FCC is going to start exploring whether and how wireless services can be used in extremely high-band spectrum frequencies above 24 GHz, potentially presaging work carriers will engage in to develop "5G" networks.
Neustar's lobbying effort to stop a key federal number-portability contract from slipping away to Ericsson's Telcordia unit took another turn via a report sent to the FCC from Michael Chertoff, a former secretary of homeland security. The report, from Chertoff's security consulting firm, the Chertoff Group, concluded that the bidding terms for the contract related to national security were "insufficient in both scope and specificity when compared with widely accepted national and international standards."
The final section of new rules opening up the 5.15-5.25 GHz band for broader Wi-Fi use has now been enacted after being vetted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
DirecTV shareholders approved the satellite TV provider's proposed merger with AT&T, an action that removes one of the final hurdles to the blockbuster telecom transaction.
Netflix reiterated its support of "clear and strong Internet protections" from the FCC in order to support the "virtuous circle" of broadband investment and business applications stemming from such rules.