FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler isn't afraid of the large telcos like AT&T and CenturyLink challenging the commission's net neutrality rules, which were upheld by a Washington federal appeals court last week. He says they also won't fall to a Supreme Court challenge.
Not surprisingly, initial reactions to the opinion of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upholding the FCC's Open Internet Order have focused on its effect on fixed and mobile broadband internet access providers. Very little attention, however, has been paid to the threat this decision poses to edge providers.
The D.C. Circuit court upheld the FCC's net neutrality rules 2-1, a decision that will usher in challenges from incumbent telcos like AT&T and Verizon at the Supreme Court.
Whether it is special access, net neutrality, the recent labor strike, or shedding wireline assets to Frontier, Craig Silliman, EVP of Public Policy and General Counsel of Verizon, has a full plate. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, caught up with Silliman during the TIA 2016 trade show in Dallas to talk about the pressing policy issues Verizon is dealing with today.
Thought the controversy between Netflix and major Internet service providers on data throttling was in the past? Hardly, as the SVOD provider said that it has been lowering the quality of its video streams for five years to wireless carriers worldwide, including Verizon and AT&T.
Verizon touted its support for parts of the FCC's net neutrality rules, saying in a blog post that it is behind the regulator's policies on prohibiting service providers from throttling specific kinds of content and from charging content partners for faster delivery of their products and services to consumers.
Regional ISPs won a coup this week as the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act, expanding the FCC's exemption of smaller ISPs from some of the transparency requirements of the Open Internet rules on net neutrality.
Level 3 Communications has reached a new multi-year, settlement-free interconnection agreement with Google covering their global backbone networks.
As we end another year here at FierceTelecom, it's time to reflect on the major news themes of the past year in the telecom industry's wireline segment. For this issue of FierceTelecom, we are serving up our seventh annual Year in Review issue. The year 2015 was a time again of transition and, arguably, disruption in the wireline segment on three fronts: regulatory, consolidation, and technology.
Cogent Communications is suing Deutsche Telekom, claiming that DT violated the terms of its contract with the Internet transit provider. Filed in U.S. federal court in Virginia, Cogent claims that DT has allegedly congested the Internet connections Cogent's content provider customers use to deliver services to their customers in Germany.