Offering greater flexibility to deliver new cloud and optical services to businesses and consumers, it should be no surprise that the large ILECs like AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are keen on migrating off their legacy copper and TDM networks to IP and fiber. However, CLECs and their small to medium business customers are concerned whether ILECs will provide equivalently priced access to IP services.
The FCC is postponing its vote on rules for next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum until Aug. 6 after pressure from Congress to push back the vote that had been planned for the agency's July 16 meeting.
Charter Communications has gained a powerful ally in its bid to acquire both Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks: In a new filing with the FCC, Netflix agreed to support Charter's purchase of TWC and Bright House in exchange for free usage of Charter's network through 2018.
AT&T says the FCC should deny Windstream's request to impose "interim" equivalently-priced IP special access service rates for Ethernet as legacy TDM services are phased out, because the market is highly competitive and the commission would have reverse a number of existing rules.
NTCA, an industry forum focused on rural telcos, says that the FCC should not place larger mandates on service providers, because the fact that many consumers shift to using cell phones during power outages shows that they don't see standby power for voice service a priority.
US Telecom says that the FCC's call to mandate that ILECs provide IP services to competitive telcos at comparable prices to legacy TDM services could actually delay the U.S. telecom industry's migration to all-IP networks.
AT&T Mobility reiterated its plans to launch a Wi-Fi calling service this year, as T-Mobile US and Sprint have done, but did not say when it expects the service will go live.
A group of industry trade organizations and service providers, including COMPTEL, Sprint, XO and BT, have launched a campaign to encourage the FCC to drive further competition in the broadband market.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and three of his fellow progressive Senators have written the FCC, asking the agency to investigate what they term the "ridiculous" price of cable TV and broadband fees.
Former Rep. Henry Waxman, now a lobbyist for T-Mobile US, wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that the agency should strike a compromise on when to trigger the bidding for reserved spectrum in the broadcast incentive auction and on a proposal to relocate TV stations in the duplex gap after the auction.