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FCC tentatively sets price of $1.25 per MHz-POP on 600 MHz spectrum for 'reserved' bidding to start in incentive auction

The FCC voted 3-2 on Thursday to seek comment on specific and detailed rules for how the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum will be conducted. Notably, the preliminary rules set a benchmark of $1.25 per MHz-POP in the largest markets before wireless carriers can start bidding on the "reserved" spectrum that will be set aside for smaller carriers.

Netflix denies building any 'fast lanes'

Despite what FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai might think, Netflix says it has never instituted a "fast lane" that interferes with ISPs that are working on caching systems to accelerate content across broadband networks and is actually helping ISPs.

FCC sets 10 Mbps as new rural broadband starting point

Wireline companies wanting to tap into Connect America funding will have to deliver broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream, the FCC has ruled.

Netflix to FCC's Pai: Open Connect is not a 'fast lane'

Netflix responded to an open letter sent to it last week by Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, who accused the SVOD provider's private content delivery network of being an Internet "fast lane" that harms competition.

Austria upholds 2013 auction, as France plans 700 MHz award in 2015

European spectrum auctions moved back into the spotlight this week after an Austrian court rejected attempts by T-Mobile Austria to nullify the 2013 auction that raised €2 billion ($2.5 billion) for state coffers, and France said it would allocate frequencies in the 700 MHz band to telecoms operators in 2015.

Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm and others voice opposition to using Title II for net neutrality

Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, Nokia Networks and Qualcomm are among a group of network equipment and technology companies that are urging the FCC not to reclassify broadband as a Title II common-carrier service as part the agency's effort to institute new net neutrality rules.

Australian government tells NBN Co. to charge developers for fiber connections

Australia's NBN Co. plans to charge developers and owners of new residential apartment blocks fees that range into the thousands of dollars if they want to connect its fiber to their properties, according to a new Australian government policy.

Small Canadian ISPs starting to offer TV service bundles using telco, cable networks

Small Canadian ISPs that use unregulated wholesale access to incumbent telco and cable companies' networks are, in a way, starting to bite the hands that feed them by offering IPTV over those networks.

U.S. stance on net neutrality resonates internationally, could face U.N., WTO opposition

Where the U.S. eventually lands on the issue of net neutrality could have wider reaching international implications, including the possibility of rankling the U.N. and World Trade Organization (WTO).

FCC majority votes to label linear OTT operators as MVPDs, report says

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.