The three Democratic FCC commissioners have voted to approve a proposal that would give OTT-based providers of linear programming the MVPD status they need to license programming.
Over-the-top video providers may be closer to being reclassified as MVPDs.
The industry may be closer to reclassifying some OTT services as MVPDs than originally thought. According to unnamed sources, a majority of FCC commissioners have voted to approve the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking circulated a few weeks ago by Chairman Tom Wheeler.
Vermont's Department of Public Service has set a goal to bring higher speed broadband services to parts of the state that today can only get lower speed DSL or dial-up Internet service through its 2014 telecommunications plan.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) got a bit of a black eye thanks to a report from an internal government watchdog that faulted the group's board members for failing to adhere to financial disclosure rules and not having adequate protections to monitor for conflicts of interest. The report also faulted FirstNet for how it awarded several contracts.
The FCC is forcing bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction to place new bids on 95 percent of the licenses for which they are eligible or face the prospect of not being able to make any more bids. The shift to "stage two" of the auction process, with the attendant change in bidding rules, is another indication that bidding is starting to wind down in the auction, which has gone on nearly a month.
T-Mobile US is siding with the Competitive Carriers Association in coming out against setting a specific price per MHz-POP that must be hit in order to trigger bidding for "reserved" spectrum in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction.
The National Association of Broadcasters has already taken the FCC to court over its proposed rules for the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, but the NAB is not letting up in its criticism of the commission's plans. A filing from the NAB indicates it has great concerns over the so-called "optimization" methodology the FCC will use to move around broadcasters after they give up their airwaves.
While a lot of variables remain to be finalized--including who comes out on top in the ongoing AWS-3 auction--infrastructure vendors need to start planning their road maps for products that will make use of spectrum when it's available.
Sharon White, the first woman to be appointed as a permanent secretary at the UK Treasury, is tipped to be in line to replace Ed Richards at the helm of UK communications regulator Ofcom.