Cogent and Verizon have signed an interconnection agreement that could potentially improve the way video content like Netflix gets delivered to end users over their FiOS and DSL network connections.
On Friday CTIA made a filing with the FCC asking the agency to not put into effect its recently approved net neutrality rules. The trade group jointly made the filing for a stay with AT&T, USTelecom, CenturyLink and others. The regulations were published in the Federal Register on April 13, and are currently expected to go into effect 60 days from the publication date (on or around June 13).
BT could submit its plan to buy UK mobile operator EE to regulators as early as this week, formally starting a process that will last several months with a decision expected by the end of March 2016.
Comcast is moving to shake up the Chattanooga, Tenn., broadband market by challenging both local telco incumbent AT&T and municipal utility EPB with its own 2 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband offering starting in June.
There is no dispute that Congress' objective to attract more small businesses to the wireless sector is a laudable one; however, there is some debate over whether offering such entities discounted access to spectrum is the best too to reach the goal. And the results of the recently concluded AWS-3 auction have put the debate over bidding credits for small businesses front and center on DC's policy agenda.
CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and a number of other Tier 2 telcos that have struggled to bring broadband services to hard-to-reach rural areas will now have another aide with the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), which is offering service providers about $1.7 billion in funding.
Back at the height of the cable boom in the 1980s, the NCTA's Barbara York tells me, the erstwhile Cable Show would draw 30,000 attendees. Next week, as the organization convenes its signature trade show in Chicago under a new name, INTX, and a broadened agenda, producers are expecting a third of that attendance level. But 10,000 still isn't bad.
The FCC on Wednesday said that it approved the applications of two designated entities affiliated with Dish Network during the AWS-3 spectrum auction, along with seven other bidders. However, the FCC has not yet decided whether the Dish-affiliated companies will receive bidding discounts worth around $3.3 billion. Instead, the agency has formally opened up the companies' applications for public comment and other third parties can file petitions to deny the companies from getting the licenses or the discounts.
CenturyLink may soon give Comcast a dose of new TV competition in Minneapolis if it gets final city council approval for its video franchise in May.
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced the "USA Freedom Act" in the House of Representatives yesterday. The bill is intended to prevent intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency from collecting Americans' telephone records.