The FCC plans to vote on net neutrality in late February, a move that will spur a series of legal challenges from telcos and industry groups on one of the key policy issues that will govern how Internet traffic is delivered to consumers.
After its petition to the FCC asking for clarification on Wi-Fi management rules triggered a slew of opposition from the likes of Google, Microsoft and others, Marriott International released a statement designed to clarify its position.
The FCC will vote at the end of February on new net neutrality rules, setting the stage for what is likely going to be one of the largest technology policy battles of the year and perhaps beyond.
Google Fiber wrote in an FCC filing that if the FCC proceeds with reclassifying broadband providers under Title II of the Telecom Act, it could enable it to more readily gain access to utility poles and related infrastructure like ducts owned by electric and gas utility companies.
A group of telcos, including CenturyLink and FairPoint Communications, has told the FCC that if the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger is approved, they should not be required to provide the combined company access to unbundled network elements (UNEs) to deliver voice services.
CTIA is arguing that even if the FCC chose to reclassify broadband as a common carrier service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act as part of an effort to craft new net neutrality regulations, mobile broadband would be legally exempt from such Title II rules.
As we look to close out yet another year here at FierceTelecom, it's time to reflect back on the major news themes of the past year. Net neutrality and consolidation were just a couple of the key topics that will continue to dominate the industry. Once you've checked out this year's biggest stories, let us know what you think in the comments.
Those in the online video industry got to see their market mature significantly during 2014. After years of mediocre content and audience that forced the segment to take a backseat to pay TV, the online video space blossomed this year with headlining developments.
Call 2014 a table-setting year for the cable business. From mergers to big online programming launches, a lot of groundwork was laid this past year, the fruits of which won't be known until we get well into 2015.
Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Aruba Networks and Ruckus Wireless are just a handful of the companies weighing in on an FCC petition filed on behalf of Marriott International and related parties. The petition asks for a ruling from the FCC on the legalities around how Wi-Fi operators manage their networks.