TDS said that the FCC's move to modernize the E-Rate program, which provides discounted telecom services to schools and libraries is producing positive results, but the voice support phase-down requirement remains a concern for its customers transitioning from TDM to IP-based voice.
Verizon, CenturyLink, AT&T, Netflix and other players in the telecommunications market have filed comments with the FCC over its investigation into the rules governing broadcast retransmission licensing negotiations and the definition of "multi-channel program video provider" (MVPD). The comments generally reflect the desire of companies across the industry to obtain more favorable regulations for their respective businesses.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called an emergency meeting of the agency's Media Bureau, following the blackout of 129 Sinclair Broadcasting stations in 79 markets on Dish Network.
The American Cable Association has filed a research paper with the FCC, claiming that 1,078 small and rural cable systems serving 50,000 subscribers have shut down since 2008, primarily due to fast-increasing programming costs.
The NAB is accusing pay-TV operators, specifically naming Dish Network, DirecTV and Mediacom, of manufacturing retransmission-related disputes with broadcasters in order to influence regulatory decision-making.
More farmers are finding that Internet access is a useful tool in conducting their day-to-day business operations. According to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture study, 70 percent of U.S. farms and ranches have some form of Internet access, up three percentage points since 2013.
The FCC issued a citation to a man in Queens, New York, for operating equipment that is interfering with Sprint's 1900 MHz network there, in violation of the FCC's rules.
BT Americas President Bas Burger says that AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. telcos, are price gouging competitors that purchase special access services.
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The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), an industry advocacy group, says that the FCC's recent NPRM governing legacy copper and TDM-based networks to IP-based networks will cause more harm than benefit.