AT&T and GTT Communications have signed a long-term interconnection for their IP networks, marking the latest agreement the telco has made with a competitive carrier in the wake of the new net neutrality rules.
A U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit has set the schedule to hear challenges from telcos and industry organizations over the FCC's net neutrality rules that went into effect earlier this month. Traditional ILECs, cable operators and industry organizations such as US Telecom will have to submit their opening briefs, which are not exceed 20,000 words, by July 30.
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.
One of the potential drawbacks of the FCC's new neutrality rules is that cable MSOs could see the cost of pole attachment rates rise.
With FCC net neutrality rules now in effect, pole attachment rates could be on the rise for cable companies, according to industry observers. Pole attachment rates traditionally are higher for telecom companies and now that cable companies are also being classified as telecommunications providers under Title II of the FCC's Open Internet Order, which went into effect Jan. 12, it's likely they will see their rates increase.
The FCC's net neutrality rules will go into affect today. The rules ban blocking, throttling and prevent companies from paying to get access to fast lanes to deliver content. AT&T, CenturyLink and other telecom groups requested a stay of the FCC's new net neutrality rules but those requests were not granted by a D.C. Federal Circuit Court.
The U.S. House introduced three amendments to a must-pass appropriations bill that would block the FCC from enforcing its new Open Internet rules that are set to go into effect on Friday.
AT&T and Cogent have become the latest service providers to establish a new interconnection agreement on the eve of the FCC net neutrality rules going into effect this week.
John Jones may have only recently taken up his post as CenturyLink's senior vice president of public policy and government relations, but he's a 21-year company veteran who has spent that tenure leading state and federal regulatory and legislative initiatives, among other things. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, recently sat down with Jones to get his take on the FCC's new net neutrality rules, special access, video franchising and Connect America Fund-II.
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.