As the shutdown of the federal government grinds into its fourth day and appears likely to last through the weekend, analysts say that a prolonged shuttering of government operations could impact the FCC and other agencies' agendas on technology policy, especially for wireless spectrum and auctions.
Charter Communications said Wednesday that it named veteran FCC official Alexander Hoehn-Saric SVP of government affairs.
An entity controlled by Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen was selected as the lead bidder in an auction for LightSquared's spectrum assets with a $2.2 billion bid, as a bankruptcy court judge set the dates and rules for the auction of LightSquared's assets. Meanwhile, an investor has sued Ergen for his role in using a hedge fund to buy LightSquared's debt, which has made him LightSquared's biggest creditor with more than $1 billion in secured debt.
Lightyear Network Solutions and Open Access Acquisition, two competitive service providers, have agreed to financial settlements with the FCC over possible violations of the Commission's Universal Service Fund contribution and federal reporting rules.
In its ongoing effort to clean the Lifeline program of waste and fraud, the FCC came down hard on five carriers that use the service, including TracFone Wireless, and proposed around $14.4 million in fines against the companies accused of breaking the commission's rules. The Lifeline program helps provide wireless service to low-income Americans.
As Congress works on to avoid a shutdown of the government before a midnight deadline tonight, the FCC has laid out its plan to continue operations in the event lawmakers can't reach a deal on a stopgap spending measure to keep the government open.
The FCC said it will consider loosening restrictions on the construction and rollout of small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems, an effort by the commission to help carriers flesh out their wireless capacity and coverage. The issue is key for wireless carriers turning to small cell and DAS technologies to fill in the gaps in their networks that macrocells are unable to reach.
Cable operators will be able to deploy set-tops integrated with conditional access technology instead of using more expensive CableCARD modules, if a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Latta (R.-Ohio) and Rep. Gene Green (D.- Texas) becomes law.
While the FCC upheld an order that will force Comcast to carry Bloomberg TV on channels adjacent to other news networks, the MSO won't be forced to place Bloomberg adjacent to rival CNBC.
The Federal Communications Commission took another step in reducing voice call rates for prison inmates via a declaratory ruling made by the regulator's Wireline Competition Bureau that prevents inmate calling service providers from blocking lower-cost call routing services.