Last-mile ISPs are playing a game of "chicken" with the Internet, daring content providers to use their networks without paying a toll or suffer the consequences of poor service and connectivity to end users, according to a blog posted by Michael Mooney, general counsel-regulatory policy at Level 3 Communications.
The latest draft of the European Union's proposed legislation on the telecoms single market moved a step closer to realising its goals this week, after the European Parliament's Industry Committee backed plans that include bringing an end to roaming charges and the introduction of net neutrality rules.
Google and Viacom have settled out of court over a contentious, $1 billion copyright infringement battle that had been going on since 2007, when Google first purchased YouTube. Settlement details were not released, but reportedly no money changed hands in the deal.
The Association of BellTel Retirees wants Verizon shareholders to support two proxy initiatives it maintains will make senior executives and the board of directors "more accountable to shareholders," the organization said in a press release.
AT&T is cheering the FCC's proposed plans for the forthcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, but the FCC's rules for spectrum license size and band plan are not yet final or public.
The Federal Communications Commission declared the auction of spectrum in the H block "successful" because (1) it licensed spectrum that could be used to provide mobile wireless service to the public, and (2) it "raised $1.564 billion from spectrum that used to be viewed as almost worthless." In truth, however, the H block auction was a failure.
LAS VEGAS-- Jeff Gardner, CEO of Windstream, recognizes that while residential consumers have a number of service options, the enterprise market is still evolving. Speaking at the COMPTEL Spring 2014 Convention & EXPO trade show, Gardner said that regulators and policy makers in Washington, D.C., need to better understand how the proposed TDM-to-IP transition proposed by AT&T will affect business customers.
Next week the Competitive Carriers Association kicks off its annual spring show, this time in San Antonio, Texas, and attendees can expect keynote presentations from SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Roger Sherman, the new chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. (Sherman is filling in for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was scheduled to keynote the CCA event but instead now has to testify before Congress.) And key topics at the CCA event will include how to ensure smaller carriers can fully participate in the FCC's upcoming spectrum auctions, as well as how LTE roaming will work, whether competitive carriers will be able to offer Voice over LTE technology, and how they can offload data to Wi-Fi networks.
AT&T's acquisition of Leap Wireless and its Cricket brand has now received FCC approval, but it will be a few months before AT&T aggressively promotes what it has dubbed the "new Cricket," according to financial analysts.
European Commission (EC) vice president, Neelie Kroes, said the Internet is a step closer to being truly global, after the U.S. announced it will cede control of web address allocation.