President Obama's foray into broadband policy could represent a major turning point in telecommunications and internet policy both for the United States and the world as a whole, if the FCC adheres to what the President requested. In a world where prices decline, services improve, and choices increase, this country's most senior leader has decided that a heavy-handed regulatory framework developed 80 years ago is the right vehicle to grow jobs, attract investment and catalyze innovation in the digital economy.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere came out against President Barack Obama's statement in support of the "strongest possible" net neutrality rules and his push for the FCC to reclassify broadband as Title II common carrier services. While not surprising, given T-Mobile's past stance on net neutrality, the opinion offered by Legere puts him in league with Verizon Communications and AT&T, two companies he is usually railing against.
With President Barack Obama stridently encouraging the FCC to adopt Title II Internet regulation, National Cable Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell was among the high-profile cable-industry denizens who let out an equally strident negative response.
President Barack Obama called on the FCC to create the "strongest possible" regulations to ensure net neutrality. Importantly, the president said the rules should apply to wireless networks as well as wireline ones, but he acknowledged that wireless networks are different than wired ones.
President Barack Obama delivered a statement Monday, urging the Federal Communications Commission to render broadband a utility under Title II reclassification. "This set of principles--the idea of net neutrality--has unleashed the power of the Internet and given innovators the chance to thrive," Obama said in a prepared statement.
DirecTV sued Al Jazeera America in July to terminate its carriage agreement with the cable news network, claiming the channel's programming is not what it signed up for.
President Barack Obama issued a new statement telling service providers they need to ensure that the Internet remains free and open to any consumer.
Market consolidation is a popular concept with European mobile network operators (MNOs), but recent experience in countries that are members of the Operation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) suggests it may not serve consumers' best interests--even when there remains a choice of three network providers.
Ofcom acted immediately to manage expectations regarding a fresh sale of spectrum the UK regulator said could be used by mobile operators to augment 4G coverage, by noting bids will be judged based on the value the services will bring to consumers rather than out and out price.
The National Labor Relations Board has charged Cablevision CEO James Dolan with threatening to withhold pay raises to his company's Brooklyn tech workers unless they voted to quit their union.