As an optimistic Tom Wheeler waxed poetic in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, pointing to wireless broadband as a key technology that will help Internet data "flow like the breeze" in the near future, a Pew Research report dropped that shines a pessimistic light on the free exchange of information.
Google and Facebook are apparently leaving start-ups on their own to wage war with proposed FCC rules that would permit Internet fast lanes.
An FCC proposal to raise the definition of broadband will skew penetration statistics, according to a report from MoffettNathanson made available to FierceTelecom.
FCC general counsel Jonathan Sallet will ride herd over a steering committee charged with reviewing merger applications from AT&T-DirecTV and Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Communications, the agency said.
William Rogerson, a former FCC chief economist and noted critic of the 2010 merger of Comcast and NBCUniversal, will be part of the team that oversees the Federal Communications Commission as it makes crucial regulatory rulings on the pending Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV mergers.
Comments and presentations are rolling in to the FCC regarding its plan to use spectrum-sharing techniques to open up the 3.5 GHz band for wireless broadband use. The idea to create a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in this band is revolutionary in many aspects, but some are concerned that this uniqueness--particularly as it applies to the spectrum band plan--might have unintended ramifications in the United States as well as globally.
The FCC's plan to create a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band has multiple moving parts. And the FCC's spectrum-related decisions will likely have international as well as domestic repercussions.
One of the keys to enabling the FCC's plan for spectrum sharing in the new 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) is the spectrum database, which will dynamically manage spectrum allocations on the fly, based on preset policies and spectrum availability to protect against interference that might negatively impact incumbents and priority users.
Kajeet, a children-focused Sprint MVNO, is pushing a portable hotspot solution that it says can be used to bring mobile broadband service to disadvantaged students and is now eligible for Title I funds from the federal government.
The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau has initiated the Connect America Phase II challenge process for price cap territories.