FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai argued Thursday that the Commission should have the authority to relieve cable operators of some regulations contained in the 1992 Cable Act, noting that operators face increased competition from satellite TV, Netflix and other online video providers.
The FCC has recruited former commission chairman Reed Hundt and commissioners Michael Copps, Tyrone Brown and Nicholas Johnson to help it fight Verizon's attempts to block its network neutrality rules.
AT&T is once again facing criticism that, by not including any traffic that goes over its wireless femtocells for its wireline U-verse broadband users, it is violating the FCC's net neutrality rules.
Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai warned Thursday that the FCC could attempt to regulate the pricing of usage-based broadband packages next year if its net neutrality rules are upheld by an appellate court.
Now that public interest groups Free Press, Public Knowledge and the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute intend to file a formal complaint against AT&T because they feel the operator's FaceTime policy violates FCC's net neutrality rules, one has to think AT&T could have played this better and maybe even generated new revenue streams while keeping net neutrality advocates at bay.
Internet video distributors would be harmed if Verizon succeeds in its attempts to block the FCC from implementing network neutrality rules it adopted in 2010, the commission argued in a court filing Monday.
The Internet and broadband communications played starring roles in the platforms released by the Democrats and Republicans at their national conventions, and some of the differences between the two political parties are, not surprisingly, stark.
Verizon Communications and MetroPCS on Monday once again took their argument to a federal appeals court to get the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules overturned.
Verizon and MetroPCS insist that the FCC made a mistake by applying common-carrier regulations to broadband providers when it issued its net neutrality rules last year
Tier 1 carrier Verizon and MVNO MetroPCS Communications on Monday called on a federal appeals court to jettison open-Internet rules the Federal Communications Commission issued some 19 months ago.