The FCC voted to reboot and modernize the Universal Service Fund's Lifeline program by adding broadband service to the mix and having a third party establish eligibility for the program, which is intended to provide discounted telecom services to low-income consumers. The vote was 3-2, with Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly dissenting.
Sprint decided to end its practice of slowing down the data speeds of its heaviest mobile data users after the FCC's net neutrality rules went into effect last Friday. The decision is one of the first concrete impacts of the rules, which apply to wireless networks and bar data throttling except in cases of "reasonable network management."
Some big names came together at a Washington, D.C., event this week to voice their concerns about Globalstar's proposed terrestrial lower power service (TLPS). Among them: Google, Microsoft, the Wi-Fi Alliance, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA).
The FCC is proposing to fine AT&T Mobility $100 million for not being transparent enough with its grandfathered unlimited data plan customers about how and when their speeds would be reduced if they use too much data. The fine is the largest the FCC has ever proposed.
Time Warner Cable has been targeted for the first complaint under the FCC's new net neutrality rules, which just took effect on June 12.
One of the potential drawbacks of the FCC's new neutrality rules is that cable MSOs could see the cost of pole attachment rates rise.
A group of 35 mayors and city officials from various states have sent a letter to the FCC asking the regulator to create a uniform and accessible reporting structure on service provider broadband performance.
With FCC net neutrality rules now in effect, pole attachment rates could be on the rise for cable companies, according to industry observers. Pole attachment rates traditionally are higher for telecom companies and now that cable companies are also being classified as telecommunications providers under Title II of the FCC's Open Internet Order, which went into effect Jan. 12, it's likely they will see their rates increase.
Too much regulation can be a bad thing, but statistics show that tower safety in the U.S. has a long way to go. Statistics from Thomas P. Fuller, safety program director of the Health Sciences Department at Illinois State University, bear this out.
Frontier has agreed to accept $283 million in annual Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II support from the FCC that it says will enable it to build out broadband service to over 650,000 rural locations that it could not economically reach before.