Netflix has asked the Federal Communications Commission to reject the $49 billion merger of AT&T and DirecTV. Netflix executives told more than 20 FCC staffers last week, "The proposed merger would make AT&T the largest (multichannel video programing distributor) in the country, and potentially lead to its becoming the largest (Internet service provider) in the country as well."
On Friday CTIA made a filing with the FCC asking the agency to not put into effect its recently approved net neutrality rules. The trade group jointly made the filing for a stay with AT&T, USTelecom, CenturyLink and others. The regulations were published in the Federal Register on April 13, and are currently expected to go into effect 60 days from the publication date (on or around June 13).
AT&T and CenturyLink have joined USTelecom and the CTIA trade associations in firing the latest salvo at net neutrality orders by asking the FCC to stay its action of placing broadband Internet access services under Title II regulation.
There is no dispute that Congress' objective to attract more small businesses to the wireless sector is a laudable one; however, there is some debate over whether offering such entities discounted access to spectrum is the best too to reach the goal. And the results of the recently concluded AWS-3 auction have put the debate over bidding credits for small businesses front and center on DC's policy agenda.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--Despite the massive $44 billion collectively spent on spectrum licenses during the FCC's recent AWS-3 auction, one Wall Street analyst believes that the value of spectrum is not necessarily increasing. Instead, Craig Moffett said that the value of spectrum continues to remain a moving target, making it virtually impossible to predict what will happen during next year's incentive auction of TV broadcasters' 600 MHz licenses.
CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and a number of other Tier 2 telcos that have struggled to bring broadband services to hard-to-reach rural areas will now have another aide with the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), which is offering service providers about $1.7 billion in funding.
The FCC on Wednesday said that it approved the applications of two designated entities affiliated with Dish Network during the AWS-3 spectrum auction, along with seven other bidders. However, the FCC has not yet decided whether the Dish-affiliated companies will receive bidding discounts worth around $3.3 billion. Instead, the agency has formally opened up the companies' applications for public comment and other third parties can file petitions to deny the companies from getting the licenses or the discounts.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn urged the wireless industry to adopt additional safety provisions she said might prevent injury and death among tower climbers.
The FCC may reject bidding credits worth $3.3 billion to two designated entities that were affiliated with Dish Network during the AWS-3 spectrum auction, according to a Wall Street Journal article.
Dish Network is joining forces with T-Mobile, Sprint, C Spire Wireless and a group of policy and public interest groups on a new alliance created to pressure the FCC as it creates rules for the 600 MHz incentive auctions.