Continuing to single out one pay-TV operator in its ongoing quest to convince the FCC to keep retrans regulations the way they are, the NAB has called Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) "the communications industry's ultimate regulatory profiteer and catalyst for half of all retransmission consent disputes. "
In a nearly unanimous decision, the FCC approved a reverse auction that will provide an additional $2 billion in funds to rural broadband providers via the regulator's CAF II program in an effort to accelerate growth.
From sparse attendance and widely spaced booths to a vague keynote from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, last week's INTX tradeshow – rebranded from its old moniker, The Cable Show-- seemed to have little going for it.
In one of the most all-out offensives launched at the FCC's "Unlock the Box" set-top regulatory proposal, Comcast and the NCTA each filed searing reply commentary to the agency.
Perhaps to settle questions once and for all – if that's possible – Microsoft can proceed with plans to test terrestrial use of the 2483.5-2500 MHz Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) band currently assigned for use by Globalstar.
T-Mobile executives said last week that they believe they'll be able to deploy some of the 600 MHz spectrum they expect to pocket during this year's auction by the end of 2017. And CFO Braxton Carter told investors today that the carrier will also have handsets ready to support those airwaves.
In comments filed to the FCC, AT&T said the agency's proposed set-top regulations "bears no relationship" to mandates established by Section 629 of the Communications Act and is essentially a "radical unbundling scheme."
Yet another organization is backing zero-rated data offerings such as T-Mobile's Binge On, saying they benefit consumers and are unlikely to threaten an open internet. But whether they actually violate net neutrality principles-- and whether they're fair to all content providers-- is still unsettled.
Senator Orrin Hatch voiced concerns over the FCC's set-top box proposal, specifically about the proposal's potential to upend carefully negotiated licensing agreements between multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and content providers.
Jefferies analysts took issue with recent claims that Dish Network's spectrum holdings are over-valued, saying the mid-band airwaves are superior for supporting increasing data usage and ramping up capacity.