Senate Republicans pushed back on the FCC's recent decision to redefine "broadband" as Internet download speeds of 25 Mbps and higher, noting that SVOD services like Netflix and Amazon require far less bandwidth.
The FCC's 25 Mbps broadband definition is facing a fresh round of criticism from a number of Senate Republicans who say that video streaming sites such as Netflix and Amazon require speeds that are far lower than the regulator's requirement.
TiVo has joined the mounting chorus of opposition to Charter Communications' bid to acquire Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
TDS Telecom's CLEC arm, TDS Metrocom, says that delivering Ethernet services to customers, particularly to smaller businesses that want 20 Mbps and above where it does not have its own facilities, is challenged by high-priced wholesale ILEC access services.
A coalition of 60 consumer groups have asked the FCC to adopt rules that require large ISPs to protect personal data collected and shared without their consent.
Public Knowledge and the Consumer Federation of America have taken highly speculative data on just how much revenue pay-TV operators are making from leasing set-tops, and extrapolated it to one fuzzy level higher.
T-Mobile continued to urge the FCC to deny AT&T's request to acquire low-band spectrum in a handful of rural markets, claiming the move is "AT&T's latest attempt to raise its rivals' costs at the expense of consumers."
T-Mobile has caught some flak lately for its Binge On service, but Netflix has no problem with the zero-rated data offering. Netflix has yet to weigh in on Verizon's new FreeBee program, however.
Verizon says that cable operators' efforts to build fiber networks to deliver Ethernet and IP-based services will enable them to compete in 77.1 percent of the carrier's wireline markets.
The FCC has removed Cuba from its exclusion list, opening up opportunities for U.S.-based communications service providers to offer traditional telephone and Internet services to the country without needing to get separate approval from the regulator.