The FCC is proposing new rules for competitive bidding in spectrum auctions that would bar joint bidding arrangements among Tier 1 carriers. The proposed rules are also aimed at getting more small businesses, rural telephone companies and businesses owned by members of minority groups to bid in auctions.
Aereo is asking the FCC to grant it status as a multichannel video programming distributor, a distinction that would breathe life into the stifled streaming service by letting it sign broadcast retransmission deals.
Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia and other company executives met with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week to express support for a rumored FCC ruling that would make it possible for some over-the-top video services to be considered as MVPDs (multichannel video programming distributors). It's a scenario that could see Aereo streaming broadcast signals to subscribers once again.
Investors are becoming concerned about the regulatory climate being faced by Comcast and Time Warner Cable as they attempt to close a $45 billion merger. And that has resulted in a widening chasm between the company's stock prices, increasing the price Comcast shareholders will ultimately pay to acquire TWC.
Jab Broadband, the country's largest fixed wireless broadband service provider, continues to look for acquisition targets as it addresses one of the problems that has vexed the communications industry for years: serving rural areas and making a profit.
Verizon has filed a brief with the FCC, urging the commission to end a seven-year ban on MVPD set-tops with integrated security features.
The National Cable Telecommunications Association has admitted to backing a mysterious grassroots-like campaign designed to gather feedback from millennial-aged consumers regarding the Internet.
Sprint, T-Mobile US and several public interest and industry organizations want the FCC to more closely scrutinize some of AT&T's recently proposed spectrum deals for low-band airwaves, especially 700 MHz spectrum. Specifically, they want the FCC to employ its recently announced "enhanced factor" review for low-band spectrum acquisitions.
Chip Pickering, one of the key architects behind the landmark 1996 Telecom Act, took over the helm at Comptel as CEO in January. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, caught up with Pickering at Comptel's fall show to talk about his first nine months on the job and how he sees the growth of Comptel and the changing competitive service provider landscape.
AT&T Mobility agreed to pay a $105 million penalty to settle an investigation by the FCC, which concluded the carrier billed customers millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services. The FCC said the settlement is the largest enforcement action in its history.