According to a lengthy new report from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Center for Public Integrity, rules that would have made it easier to find the location of 911 callers were watered down by intense lobbying by the wireless industry.
The nation's wireless carriers may well have more 600 MHz spectrum to acquire during the FCC's incentive auction next year than they had expected. "From our conversations it appears that absent any legitimate reason (like interference) the auction will begin on March 29th, with better than expected participation from broadcasters," said Jefferies analysts in a recent note to investors. "Officials made it clear that it is unlikely that broadcasters will be able to sell their spectrum directly to the carriers, that a new auction will take place near-term, and that future auctions will reimburse reallocation costs. The FCC is clearly hopeful for participation from both traditional and non-traditional players."
Cincinnati Bell may be a broadband advocate for lower income families, but it says that the FCC should not impose a minimum speed level on the Lifeline support program.
While battling the FCC in court over Title II Internet re-classification, the ACA and NCTA are backing the agency in its battle with the broadcast industry over its June "effective competition" ruling.
The United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) fired back against CLECs, saying that regulating incumbent local exchange carrier special access services would overstep the FCC's legal boundaries.
Level 3 says that incumbent local exchange carriers' demand lock-up plans for DSn-based special access services will have a number of harmful effects on competitive carriers. More practically, though, easing restrictions on who they buy bandwidth from could boost competitive carriers' revenues by as much as $86 million combined.
Shedding light on the FCC's rationale for rejecting Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable earlier this year, agency general counsel John Sallet said concerns over how the merged cable giant would handle online video competition weighed most heavily in the FCC's decision-making.
Facebook's Internet.org continues to work to connect more and more people across the globe to the Internet-- according to the Wall Street Journal, more than 9 million people across the world have connected to the Internet through the program-- but that effort is now running into some static. Specifically, Facebook has changed the name of the program to "Free Basic by Facebook," likely to address concerns over whether the program runs afoul of the principles of net neutrality.
Some wireless rivals that often don't see eye to eye on wireless policy issues are banding together behind Evolve, a new coalition launched in Washington, D.C., today to promote the benefits of unlicensed spectrum and new technologies like LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and License Assisted Access (LAA). AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile US are among the participants in a group, which also includes CTIA, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm.
Analysts believe Sprint's decision not to participate in next year's 600 MHz incentive auction represents a major positive development for T-Mobile US, which now will face fewer competitors in bidding for the 30 MHz of spectrum in the auction that is being set aside by the FCC for smaller wireless operators.