It looks as though unlikely allies have their limits. Earlier this month, a diverse coalition of broadcasters and unlicensed spectrum advocates rallied to get the FCC to reject a staff recommendation on a "duplex gap" plan related to next year's incentive auction. Now the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), while saying it still prefers the compromise worked out more than a year ago, is suggesting another compromise--one that unlicensed spectrum advocates are not so keen on.
On the same day lawmakers introduced legislation intended to secure connected cars from hacking and protect drivers' privacy, Wired published a report on how hackers were able to take advantage of an existing car's in-car technology system that relies on Sprint's cellular network.
In what could be the sign of a turning point in a multi-year saga, LightSquared and GPS device firm Trimble indicated that they are willing to engage in settlement discussions to resolve disputes over whether and how LightSquared's spectrum interferes with GPS receivers.
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has put forward an additional $85 million in funding that it says is dedicated to increasing broadband Internet access in seven states. This funding consists of $74.8 million in telecom loans and $11 million in Community Connect grants.
AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV may have gotten the green light from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, but in giving his support he has asked the telco to stick to its word on its FTTH expansion and not discriminate against online video competitors like Netflix whose applications run over its broadband network.
Speaking to a Congressional subcommittee panel, media and telecommunications industry analyst Craig Moffett said federal regulators should look at controlling "soaring" program costs in order to spur investment in broadband.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recommended that the five-member agency approve AT&T's $49 billion purchase of DirecTV, clearing the penultimate regulatory hurdle for the deal, first proposed in May 2014, to finally be approved.
The FCC is set to announce that it has signed off on AT&T's $49 billion purchase of DirecTV, ending a 14-month regulatory process.
It seems regulators and governments prefer impressive-looking obligation targets that are actually rather easy to achieve, while taking as much money as they possibly can out of the mobile sector in spectrum fees. Instead, it would be better to find ways of keeping more money in the sector by reducing auction transfers so that investments in infrastructure and service quality on a more widespread basis can be increased.
Frontier Communications said in an FCC filing that it is on track with the broadband expansions it promised to make when it purchased Verizon's rural assets in 2010 and AT&T's Connecticut wireline assets in 2014.