Frontier has overcome another hurdle in its pole attachment battle in North Carolina as the telco and Duke Energy have asked the FCC to dismiss a pole attachment complaint that the telco filed in January 2014.
FCC commissioner Ajit Pai remains concerned that there are too many rules in place that make it difficult for rural service providers to invest in their networks to deliver higher speed broadband services.
Charter Communications is coming under fire for what critics say is a unique policy of including modem leasing fees in the overall price of high-speed Internet service.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) launched a new online portal that lets carriers and federal agencies coordinate spectrum use in the 1695-1710 MHz band, one of three bands recently made available in the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The new NTIA portal fulfills an important requirement to enable sharing in the 1695-1710 MHz portion of the band.
The FCC has granted Verizon a temporary waiver of the commission's requirements to support text telephony (TTY) technology, similar to the one rival AT&T obtained in October.
Charter Communications' biggest shareholder, Liberty Media impresario John Malone, said he'll back away from the MSO if that's what's needed for federal regulators to approve its mergers with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
The FCC made slight changes to the data it used to measure interference between broadcast TV stations as well as how difficult it will be to repack or move around the stations after broadcasters give up their spectrum in next year's 600 MHz incentive auction. As a result, the agency has reissued opening bid prices for broadcasters in the "reverse auction" portion of the auction. The FCC has also updated its filing deadlines for broadcasters and for carriers looking to bid on broadcasters' spectrum. The FCC reiterated that despite the changes, it plans for the auction to start on March 29.
AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to shut down its BellSouth Analog Voice Grade Private Line services in the Carbon Hill, Ala., serving wire center and in the Kings Point, Fla., serving wire center, marking another step in its TDM-to-IP transition.
With Thursday marking the final day for public commenting on the proposed merger of Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, a coalition representing AT&T, Verizon and other telecom companies asked the FCC to impose specific limits as a condition of the deal's approval.
Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen said that wireless carriers would "strategically commit malpractice" if they did not take a look at Dish's vast spectrum trove and try to do something with it. However, Ergen also indicated that Dish likely will not strike any kind of deal related to its airwaves before the start of next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, in which Dish might take part.