Tier 1 carrier AT&T asked the FCC to make sure that, under the Open Internet Order governing net neutrality, it can still offer a "Sponsored Data" program that charges businesses to deliver their content to its mobile users without that data counting against users' data caps. Currently offered to advertising industry businesses, the program could be used to bill online video providers to deliver their content to AT&T customers.
The FCC has filed its opposition to requests made by USTelecom, AT&T and CenturyLink to stay the implementation of its net neutrality rules, showing that it is not going to give into the telecom industry's pressure to revise its order.
President Obama said he will renominate FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to another term. The Democratic commissioner initially joined the commission in 2011.
ORLANDO, Fla.--A top executive from the Telecom Industry Association (TIA) says that the regulatory system that governs the Internet does not need to be fixed and the FCC's net neutrality rules will put a damper on new investments. Speaking during a morning panel session at Genband Perspectives 15, Scott Belcher, CEO of the TIA, said that after the FCC's previous attempt to regulate the Internet failed in 2010, service providers have made investments to improve speeds and the user experience.
While AT&T's deployment of 1 Gbps fiber in Austin, Texas, is going well, Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of the carrier, credits Google with making the rollout a commercial success. "When Google went into Kansas City and Austin, it changed the game for the industry … in a very peculiar way," he said at a Boston investor conference Monday.
Verizon Communications' executive vice president of global public policy and communications, Randal Milch, announced he is retiring from the company later this month.
The FCC has denied petitions from a group of service providers and industry groups to suspend the regulator's net neutrality rules from going into effect on June 12.
Level 3 has signed a new bilateral IP interconnection network agreement with AT&T, one of the latest pacts the competitive provider has made with a Tier 1 U.S. telco.
Cogent Communications has asked federal regulators to reject AT&T's pending acquisition of DirecTV if it does not put restrictions on the new company to ensure it does not charge large fees for exchanging Web traffic.
Cogent and Verizon have signed an interconnection agreement that could potentially improve the way video content like Netflix gets delivered to end users over their FiOS and DSL network connections.