Selling the Federal Communications Commission on its proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV in a regulatory filing Wednesday, AT&T promised lower pay TV prices, greater broadband availability in rural areas and extended compliance with 2010 net neutrality legislation.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday suggested he might seek to abolish laws lobbied for by ISPs that block municipalities from building and using their own fiber-based broadband networks.
ORLANDO, Fla.--Jonathan Chambers, chief of the FCC's office of strategic planning and policy, didn't come to the Genband Perspectives 14 conference to make waves. Rather, he kicked off his keynote speech with a walk down memory lane and ended it with a plea for telecom-industry professionals to help the underserved.
AT&T's legislative affairs chief took to the corporate blogosphere Friday, attempting to establish some new (or old?) linguistic ground rules for an ongoing net neutrality debate that he said is beginning to feel a little bit like the Bill Murray comedy classic Groundhog Day.
With reports indicating that Sprint and T-Mobile US are closing in on a deal that would see Sprint pay around $32 billion for T-Mobile, the biggest question is: Could such a deal win approval from regulators at the FCC and Department of Justice? The outlook is decidedly unclear and probably not that favorable, according to most analysts and industry experts.
AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand is planning to phase out its support for the government's Lifeline service. The company said it will continue to support its existing Lifeline customers on CDMA phones for the next 18 months or so, and that it will not sign up any new Lifeline customers on Cricket GSM phones.
The FCC has decided against allowing package bidding in next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, moving against Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, which had argued that package bidding would be a more efficient way to conduct the auction.
The FCC is mulling the idea of changing the definition of broadband from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps to better reflect the reality of growing usage of bandwidth hungry streaming music and video applications, reports The Washington Post.
The Federal Communications Commission is considering a change in the technical definition of the term broadband, increasing the threshold from its current level of 4 megabits per second to somewhere between 10 Mbps to 25 Mbps.
This is a critical time in the communications and digital media industries. I'm not arguing for a spate of new regulations, but we do need the public sector to be proactively engaged and involved, in two respects.