FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is considering the expansion of his commission's authority over U.S. broadband, but is also contemplating a position of standing out of the way when it comes to paid prioritization deals signed between ISPs and content companies.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has put out the latest shot in the net neutrality issue, saying he is considering a "hybrid" approach for broadband access, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the chairman.
Tier 1 Internet service provider Verizon fired back at VPN provider Golden Frog, saying in comments filed with the FCC that claims made by a Golden Frog customer in July, alleging that Verizon was throttling Netflix data crossing onto its network, were inaccurate, misleading, and downright erroneous.
A total of 70 companies have qualified to bid in the FCC's upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, which starts Nov. 13 and will be the country's largest spectrum auction since 2008.
Halloween is time for ghosts, goblins, or maybe firing up the Roku or Wii device to watch Bruce Campbell of Burn Notice fame fight off zombies in the B-movie classic The Evil Dead on Netflix. But it's also a time to reflect on some of the challenging issues and scenarios that the wireline industry is facing.
It was probably just a matter of time. Given the range and ramifications of the Internet of Things (IoT), it's no surprise that members of Congress are pushing for congressional attention on the issues. In fact, a group of senators wants a hearing scheduled before the end of the year.
Facing strong public-opinion headwinds in a merger that is too far along to scuttle, Comcast is getting a lot of "conditions" thrown its way these days. One of the latest: A group of New York area lawmakers wants the conglomerate to provide free broadband to New York City public housing as a condition of the $45 million purchase of Time Warner Cable.
The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, alleging that the carrier misled as many as 3.5 million customers with legacy unlimited data plans by throttling their data speeds and changing the terms of their plans. AT&T said the lawsuit does not have any merit.
The FCC said it will look at updating rules that regulate cable systems, a move that could allow over-the-top providers to more easily deliver broadcast television over the Internet, rather than over the air or through closed cable systems. Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Tuesday that says MVPDs, like other forms of communication, should be "technology-neutral."
The FCC has circulated a memo through its Media Bureau, formally proposing that linear over-the-top services like Aereo be considered multichannel video program distributors, with accompanying rights to retransmission consent licensing agreements.