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Internet access neither 'necessity nor a human right,' FCC's O'Rielly says in live-streamed panel

The Internet is likely the greatest invention created in FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly's lifetime, but despite its importance to both consumers and businesses, he maintains that access to it is neither a necessity nor a human right.

FCC's Wheeler proposes auction bidding rules that would prevent rerun of Dish's AWS-3 strategy

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated to his fellow commissioners new competitive bidding rules for spectrum auctions that would block the kind of bidding strategy that Dish Network employed during the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The proposed rules would cap for the first time amount of bidding credits small businesses and so-called "designated entities" could get in auctions at $150 million.

Wheeler shoots down T-Mobile's push for 40 MHz spectrum reserve in 600 MHz auction

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is recommending to his fellow commissioners that the FCC reject T-Mobile US' petition to increase the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers to bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The move is a victory for AT&T and Verizon Wireless and a major blow to T-Mobile, which has argued since last summer that the size of the reserve should be increased from 30 MHz of spectrum in a given market to 40 MHz. T-Mobile has been increasing its lobbying on the issue the last several weeks as a formal decision neared. 

T-Mobile's quest for larger 600 MHz reserve gets boost from DOJ

T-Mobile US' push to increase the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum got a shot in the arm after the Department of Justice urged the FCC to give "considerable weight" to how large the reserve should be. However, according to a  Washington Post  report, T-Mobile's lobbying efforts on the issue are alienating allies in Washington and could backfire. 

T-Mobile: Throttling policy for unlimited customers who hit 21 GB is OK under net neutrality

T-Mobile US said its network management policy of throttling the speeds of smartphone customers on its unlimited LTE plans once they hit 21 GB of data usage in a month and are on congested cell sites is permitted under the FCC's net neutrality rules.

Middle mile, dark fiber networks are needed to drive more rural broadband

NEW YORK--Whether it's the broadband stimulus program or the Connect America Fund, there has been no shortage of efforts in recent years to drive broadband into rural areas. However, a growing number of service providers say that there should be more focus on providing middle mile fiber-based networks that can backhaul traffic and connect with major Internet peering points.

T-Mobile wants FCC to block AT&T's 700 MHz purchases as 600 MHz auction looms

T-Mobile US' battle with AT&T Mobility over the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves--and over access to low-band spectrum generally--moved into a new venue. T-Mobile asked the FCC to block AT&T's deal to buy some 700 MHz spectrum in parts of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, arguing that with the deal "AT&T will prove far more able to exclude competitors, raise their costs, damage their businesses and ultimately lessen competition" in the markets in question.

New NTIA report eases concerns over potential interference from small cells in 3.5 GHz spectrum

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a report that analyzes potential interference in the 3.5 GHz band, which is considered viable for small cell use. Google and other advocates will likely view the report as a positive for the spectrum, as exclusion zones with restricted usage are now believed to be much smaller.

FCC gets grief from broadcasters over incentive auction rules

The FCC is taking heat from broadcasters of various stripes after the agency denied various petitions they had made on the rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.  

Senators look to close broadband gap for schools with Digital Learning Equity Act

United States Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) have introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 as a way to improve broadband access and close what they call an education gap for all students.