A group of Southern California lawmakers has petitioned FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, seeking his help to end a regional sports network carriage impasse that has kept the Los Angeles Dodgers blacked out in about 70 percent of their market this season.
The Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, Tenn., a municipal broadband network provider, has filed a petition with the FCC to overturn a state law that prevents it from offering broadband data and video services to residents and businesses that reside outside of its electric service area.
The FCC sent out a stern reminder to broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) that they must accurately disclose their service offerings to consumers under the Open Internet Transparency Rule, first put into place in 2011.
The FCC set a total reserve price of $10.587 billion for the airwaves it will auction in the AWS-3 spectrum auction set for this fall. The commission also set out complex rules and bidding procedures for the auction, and carriers will bid on both paired and unpaired spectrum blocks in the same auction.
While most of the million-plus net-neutrality comments delivered to the FCC recently have focused on the behavior of Internet service providers, the American Cable Association has formally asked the Commission to also consider Internet content, applications and service providers.
The FCC is expected to mandate that all wireless carriers and over-the-top messaging providers offer text-to-911 services, but it's unclear when that mandate will go into effect.
Among the fringe speculation sometimes indulged in by media investment analysts has been the notion that Netflix might not be content to merely not pay interconnection fees to Internet service providers.
Mediacom has filed a petition for expedited rulemaking with FCC, claiming that Washington rules have resulted in a dysfunctional current state of affairs in which a small, consolidating, ever-powerful group of content giants are using coercive tactics to force bundles of programming on smaller pay TV operators.
Four House lawmakers joined together to introduce legislation that would direct the FCC to conduct tests within the 5.9 GHz band to see if more can be opened up for unlicensed Wi-Fi without interfering with current users. However, the bill could run into opposition from car makers and the auto industry at large because part of the band has been dedicated to safety and transportation applications.
Verizon Wireless and AT&T have signaled their opposition to proposals from T-Mobile US and Dish Network to effectively split the upcoming auction of AWS-3 spectrum between paired and unpaired airwaves.