This year's spring Comptel trade show in Orlando, Fla., once again reflected a competitive industry that's in transition. The show featured three keynote speeches from members of the service-provider industry and even a lawmaker: Representatives from Google Fiber and Sprint were keynote speakers, as was Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla).
Net neutrality? It's unnecessary. It's going to cause cost and bureaucratic complexity every time a company complains to the FCC. That, at least, is what NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell told FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel in a new interview ahead of INTX, the conference formerly known as The Cable Show.
Whether it's his organization's move to file a lawsuit against the FCC to repeal the regulator's net neutrality rules or the possibility that the multi-billion dollar Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger will be nixed, Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), has a lot on his plate these days.
CenturyLink is suing the FCC over its net neutrality rules. The lawsuit was filed Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
AT&T has filed its own lawsuit against the FCC to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, illustrating that it wants to take a different path from its fellow telco brothers like Verizon and cable operators that are working with trade associations like USTelecom and NCTA.
ORLANDO, Fla.--U.S. Senator (D-Fla.) Bill Nelson said that one of the key challenges for the telecom industry is that the government needs to give the industry's key regulator, the FCC, flexibility to adapt as new applications and service segments emerge.
ORLANDO, Fla.--Google Fiber may be an ardent supporter of the FCC's new net neutrality rules, but Milo Medin, vice president for access services at Google Fiber, says that the order does not address the issue of what he calls "bandwidth abundance."
The trade group USTelecom refiled its lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals claiming the agency overstepped its authority with its net neutrality rules. Specifically, the trade group said that the FCC's decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecom service is an abuse of its power and will be an "unjustifiable shift backward to common carrier regulation" that has existed for more than a decade.
Cogent and Level 3 Communications could be kicking off the initial disputes to the FCC's new net neutrality rules with a focus on how incumbent telcos and cable operators like Verizon and Comcast are degrading Internet traffic that goes to consumers' homes.
The FCC has sent its net neutrality rules to the Federal Register, moving the new regulations into practice and setting the stage for a slew of legal challenges from a host of telcos and industry associations.