In a new, lengthy filing with the FCC, AT&T reiterated its proposed changes to the agency's Lifeline program. Specifically, AT&T urged the FCC to offload most of the management functions of the program to the Universal Service Administrative Company, and to also allow Lifeline recipients to use the program to pay for their Internet access, whether that's wireless or wireline.
While AT&T, Frontier, Windstream and other telcos have accepted funds from the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), the network builds won't start really getting underway until early next year, but when they do move forward Dycom is ready to be a big part of those projects.
The financial analysts at Wells Fargo predicted that AT&T will outspend its rivals on licenses during the FCC's incentive auction next year of TV broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum, dropping up to $10 billion on a 2x10 MHz block of spectrum with nationwide capability. The analysts predict T-Mobile will come in second with bids of up to $8 billion, while Verizon will clock in last among the nation's largest wireless carriers with a total of $5 billion in bids.
The FCC has tapped Jonathan Mayer to be the new chief technology of its Enforcement Bureau who will focus on investigating consumer issues related to telephone, TV and ISPs.
According to a recent Politico article, lawmakers are concerned that the FCC hasn't yet collected fines against some telecommunications companies. For example, the FCC has announced fines against the likes of AT&T Mobility and others, but hasn't yet collected those fines.
Multiple analysts are now predicting that Charter's proposed dual takeover of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks won't close until June, thanks largely to hang-ups with California regulators.
The merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House networks will put too much ISP marketshare in the hands of just two cable companies (Comcast would be the other one) and the deal should be rejected, according to Dish Network. The company made its claims in another filing to the FCC on the topic.
T-Mobile US' Binge On video streaming plan, in which video quality is optimized down to 480p but the streams from 24 different video services don't count against customers' data buckets, will help T-Mobile gain market share, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Meanwhile, Binge On received a cautious endorsement from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who said yesterday it promotes innovation and competition but that the agency would be keeping an eye on the program and how it affects consumers and the market.
Comcast said its new Xfinity Stream TV product is an "IP-cable" service running over a managed network that should not, per FCC guidelines, factor into data usage limits the MSO is testing in certain parts of the country.
Verizon has responded to a recent filing made by competitive provider Granite Communications opposing USTelecom's petition for forbearance on providing voice-grade channels on fiber loops, saying it could delay future migrations from copper to fiber.