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.
Colorado may give hope to other states that are looking to build municipal broadband networks as seven of the state's communities voted earlier this week to let their local government entities offer broadband services.
The FCC has told top media conglomerates that they can't restrict access to individuals who want to see deal-related documents as part of ongoing pay-TV merger reviews. As reported in FierceCable citing a Multichannel News article, the FCC said that the programmers--which include Disney, Fox, Time Warner Inc. and Viacom--provide no real argument as to why they should deny 245 individuals access to the documents.
The FCC has denied a request made by top media conglomerates to restrict access for 245 individuals to see deal-related documents as part of ongoing pay-TV merger reviews.
While it's good to see the FCC finally recognize that regulations for facilities-based MVPDs are anachronistic, the commission revealed its naiveté of over-the-top distribution by not acknowledging the impracticality of online video for live linear broadcasts. That's the conclusion of analyst Joel Espelien of The Diffusion Group. His latest report can be found here, distilled by FierceOnlineVideo.
While it's about time the FCC finally recognized that regulations for facilities-based MVPDs are "anachronistic," the commission is completely clueless about what broadband video really is, and what it means for media and entertainment's future, an analyst with The Diffusion Group says.
Windstream is not opposed to AT&T or any traditional telco's migration from TDM to IP-based services, but it is calling for regulators to ensure that it and other competitors can get last-mile circuits for equivalent prices.
As T-Mobile US and AT&T Mobility continue to duel over potential changes to the FCC's data roaming rules, a filing by an economics professor in support of T-Mobile's position reveals that in 2013, T-Mobile paid an average 30 cents per MB for data roaming data in the U.S.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is considering the expansion of his commission's authority over U.S. broadband, but is also contemplating a position of standing out of the way when it comes to paid prioritization deals signed between ISPs and content companies.