The success of the mobile broadband industry is due in part to a light regulatory touch that has encouraged massive investments and resulted in one of the most successful industries of all time. This industry, however, is still in the relatively early stages and will grow and evolve in ways that cannot be predicted. It will be successful to the extent that unnecessary regulatory strangleholds, especially ones that treat wireless and wireline equally, do not hold it back.
Over 90 of AT&T's wireless industry partners have come together to jointly make their voice heard at the FCC in protesting the service provider's pending acquisition of DirecTV.
A bill renewing the ability of satellite operators to take broadcast signals from far-away stations and deliver them to about 1.5 million rural subscribers without local access to various broadcast outlets has passed the Senate by voice vote.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is expected to withdraw an effort to include in the pending satellite reauthorization bill rules that would give the FCC greater oversight over pay-TV customer service.
The Competitive Carriers Association is urging the FCC to reconsider its rules for triggering when bidding for next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum will split into "unreserved" airwaves and "reserved" spectrum set aside for smaller carriers.
Commenters applauded a federal government proposal to set up a public-private partnership that would create a model city for testing spectrum-sharing policies and technologies.The plan was floated in July by the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
With the public commentary period for the FCC's proposed new net-neutrality rules ending Monday night, the commission reported that the number of comments had set a record, at more than 3 million.
Now that the deadline has passed for sending comments to the FCC on its proposed new rules for net neutrality, a key debate is emerging over whether the rules should apply equally to wireless networks and wired ones. Wireless carriers, which had been exempt from most net-neutrality rules covering wired ISPs that passed in 2010, are digging in their heels against the new regulations, while the FCC notes that the question remains an open one.
Subscription video on demand provider Netflix may have intentionally caused slowdowns of its own video stream during its well-publicized disputes with Verizon and Comcast, the director of a conservative technology organization said.
The FCC said that it received 3 million comments about the proposed net neutrality rules as it approached yesterday's deadline for comments.