ATLANTA--T-Mobile US, Sprint and Dish Network continued to push for the FCC to reserve up to 40 MHz of spectrum for smaller carriers to bid on in the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The current reserve is capped at 30 MHz. Yet executives from those companies acknowledged that this is just one of many issues carriers, broadcasters and regulators will need to deal with in the months ahead as the early-2016 start date for the auction draws closer.
Tennessee has become the first state to pose a legal challenge to the FCC's move to overturn a state law that puts a limit on how far a municipal-run service provider can grow its network.
The FCC's net neutrality rules could undermine what is being proposed for 5G networks by the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance and others. Who knows how very well 5G might enable development of other innovative new services, business models and pricing packages if it remains unshackled?
AT&T says that as the FCC looks to analyze the data it has collected in the special access proceeding, it will see that there are plenty of alternatives to incumbent players that CLECs can choose from to purchase wholesale circuits to extend their service into areas where they can't reach today.
President Barack Obama has taken another shot in his broadband agenda by signing a Presidential Memorandum to create a Broadband Opportunity Council, naming the Commerce and Agriculture departments as co-chairs.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is pressing ahead with a plan to change the agency's rules on designated entities ahead of next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. Wheeler has vowed to fix the rules so that they benefit truly small businesses and are not used as a front to let major corporations win discounts on spectrum.
USTelecom has made the first move to challenge the FCC's new net neutrality rules by filing a review petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Well, that didn't take long. Broadband industry trade group USTelecom and a small Texas-based ISP, Alamo Broadband, filed lawsuits challenging the FCC's recently approved net neutrality rules. However, the petitions are likely going to be tossed out for being filed too early.
AT&T may be one of the loudest opponents of the FCC's effort to reclassify ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act as part of new net neutrality rules, but a ruling about a voice services dispute with two rural telcos shows that Title II could work in its favor.
The National Association of Broadcasters filed an emergency petition to the FCC arguing that the databases that are supposed to map out the devices operating in TV white spaces are in fact full of errors and inaccuracies.