President Obama's strident stance on net neutrality appears to have added even more complexity to an already contentious issue, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly reasserting his independence from the president and attempting to charge ahead with his plans to attempt a compromise on the issue.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he is enthusiastic about the growth prospects for the company in Mexico following the company's announcement of a $2.5 billion deal to purchase Mexican operator Iusacell. He also said that a large portion of the customer base of AT&T's Cricket prepaid brand has personal connections to the Mexican market, and there will be synergies between Cricket and Iusacell.
President Obama's foray into broadband policy could represent a major turning point in telecommunications and internet policy both for the United States and the world as a whole, if the FCC adheres to what the President requested. In a world where prices decline, services improve, and choices increase, this country's most senior leader has decided that a heavy-handed regulatory framework developed 80 years ago is the right vehicle to grow jobs, attract investment and catalyze innovation in the digital economy.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere came out against President Barack Obama's statement in support of the "strongest possible" net neutrality rules and his push for the FCC to reclassify broadband as Title II common carrier services. While not surprising, given T-Mobile's past stance on net neutrality, the opinion offered by Legere puts him in league with Verizon Communications and AT&T, two companies he is usually railing against.
Change is inevitable. That's the mantra being carried by Alki David, founder and CEO of FilmOn. The outspoken executive made the rounds at the FCC last week, attempting to rally support for a NPRM circulated by agency Chairman Tom Wheeler that could change the definition of an MVPD. Samantha Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, chatted with David following his latest FCC visit to get his view of the climate at the commission, an overview of FilmOn's business model, and how he sees the OTT landscape evolving in the near future.
With President Barack Obama stridently encouraging the FCC to adopt Title II Internet regulation, National Cable Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell was among the high-profile cable-industry denizens who let out an equally strident negative response.
President Barack Obama called on the FCC to create the "strongest possible" regulations to ensure net neutrality. Importantly, the president said the rules should apply to wireless networks as well as wireline ones, but he acknowledged that wireless networks are different than wired ones.
President Barack Obama delivered a statement Monday, urging the Federal Communications Commission to render broadband a utility under Title II reclassification. "This set of principles--the idea of net neutrality--has unleashed the power of the Internet and given innovators the chance to thrive," Obama said in a prepared statement.
President Barack Obama issued a new statement telling service providers they need to ensure that the Internet remains free and open to any consumer.
As the FCC prepares for the next round of deliberation on potential Open Internet rules, Netflix filed another comment arguing that Internet service providers can bottleneck traffic at will, with no rules in place to stop them from doing so. Further, it pointed out that the fees it now pays to Comcast for preferred access to its last-mile network are more than what Netflix pays to get its data to the cable operator's doorstep.