U.S.-based broadband providers are improving their overall network performance, according to the FCC's fourth annual "Measuring Broadband America" report. But the report also said DSL is starting to lag behind.
The new head of the CTIA said that unlicensed spectrum is an important element of spectrum policy, though she reiterated her organization's quest for additional licensed spectrum below 3 GHz. Meredith Attwell Baker, who recently took over command of the CTIA from former president Steve Largent, pointed to a recent study from the Consumer Electronic Association that found that unlicensed spectrum generates $62 billion annually for the U.S. economy.
T-Mobile US' latest "Un-carrier" initiative includes unlimited access to several music streaming services, including Pandora, Slacker, iHeart Radio and Spotify, Samsung's Milk and the forthcoming streaming service Beatport, without imposing data charges on users' 4G plans. In other words, customers using T-Mobile's Music Freedom who go over their monthly data allowance won't have their music service throttled.
When Level 3 completes its $5.7 billion acquisition of tw telecom later this year, five members of its top management team could get cash-and-stock payouts valued at $88 million, reports The Denver Post.
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is marking up a new bill today dubbed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which would permanently extend a ban on local and state Internet taxes that dates from 1998.
Two Democratic lawmakers have proposed a new bill that they say would keep the Internet open by ensuring that the Internet is accessible to any user and not giving preferential treatment to certain types of traffic by prohibiting "fast lanes."
Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia is holding the line on the contention that the antenna-to-DVR streaming service is not violating any broadcast copyrights, even as the Supreme Court decision on its fate looms. But its technology is turning heads, landing Aereo at No. 7 on CNBC's 2014 Disruptors list.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said it would be a "stretch" for a deal between No. 3 carrier Sprint and No. 4 player T-Mobile US to get approved by regulators.
Democratic congressional leaders have introduced legislation they say will make sure the Internet remains accessible to all online services and keeps the net free of so-called "fast lanes."
TDS Telecom has put the final touches on a broadband stimulus project around Medford and Stetsonville, Wis., extending service to area businesses and nearly 1,400 residents.