The move to extend low-cost broadband services to Lifeline recipients continues to draw controversy, with a lawsuit over net neutrality rules delaying the FCC from making a decision on whether to require Universal Service Fund fees of Internet service providers. Proponents of a proposed low-cost broadband option, meanwhile, are continuing to try and convince the commission to move ahead on the issue.
Frontier may not have followed cable operators like Comcast or its fellow ILECs AT&T and CenturyLink in implementing usage-based billing on its broadband subscriber base, but it isn't ruling it out either.
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.