Verizon said that the 64 Kbps requirement has "outlived any usefulness" as more of its customers have dropped their landline phone service in favor of either VoIP or wireless as their main calling device.
Verizon is facing yet another call to come to an agreement with the Communications Workers of America from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Comcast executives said the company's NBCUniversal unit will "likely" give up spectrum to the FCC as part of the agency's incentive auction of TV broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum. However, Comcast Cable chief Neil Smit said the company hasn't yet decided whether it will participate as a bidder in the auction in order to purchase spectrum.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Comcast will combine its 10 million Wi-Fi spots with its Verizon MVNO agreement, plus some new spectrum it picks up at the FCC's upcoming incentive auction, to launch the first successful cable mobile virtual network operator.
Following a study made by New York Public Service Commission about the state of telecommunications, Verizon has asked the regulator to implement a series of reforms that it says will promote innovation and investment.
Verizon, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable have become the subject of a New York Attorney General investigation over whether they charged consumers for speeds slower than what they advertised.
Following rival AT&T, Verizon is now asking the FCC for a waiver of text telephony (TTY)-related requirements for its IP-enabled wireless services, and it wants the same conditions granted to AT&T.
The Communications Workers of America has waged another attack on Verizon as the union has petitioned the Pennsylvania Utility Commission to investigate what it claims are unsafe conditions at a number of the telco's outside plant facilities.
Driven by a growing demand for cloud services from businesses and government agencies, Verizon has put the finishing touches on an expansion of its NAP for the Capital Region, the telco's Culpepper, Va., data center.
Comcast's decision to execute on an MVNO deal with Verizon doesn't necessarily portend an imminent move by the MSO into the wireless business, said Jefferies analyst Mike McCormack in a note to investors.