Verizon has taken another step towards reaching its goal to transition 200,000 copper customers onto fiber this year, saying in an FCC filing that it had transitioned 60 retail POTS voice customers onto fiber in Pennsylvania.
WASHINGTON—The FCC voted 3-2 to approve new competitive bidding rules for spectrum auctions that the majority of the commissioners at the agency said would block the kind of bidding strategy that Dish Network employed during the AWS-3 spectrum auction.
Offering greater flexibility to deliver new cloud and optical services to businesses and consumers, it should be no surprise that the large ILECs like AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are keen on migrating off their legacy copper and TDM networks to IP and fiber. However, CLECs and their small to medium business customers are concerned whether ILECs will provide equivalently priced access to IP services.
AT&T's ongoing battle with unions has taken another interesting turn: a federal appeals court ruled that the telco can prevent its Connecticut union field workers from wearing shirts that display the phrase "Prisoner of AT$T."
The FCC is postponing its vote on rules for next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum until Aug. 6 after pressure from Congress to push back the vote that had been planned for the agency's July 16 meeting.
Charter Communications has gained a powerful ally in its bid to acquire both Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks: In a new filing with the FCC, Netflix agreed to support Charter's purchase of TWC and Bright House in exchange for free usage of Charter's network through 2018.
AT&T says the FCC should deny Windstream's request to impose "interim" equivalently-priced IP special access service rates for Ethernet as legacy TDM services are phased out, because the market is highly competitive and the commission would have reverse a number of existing rules.
NTCA, an industry forum focused on rural telcos, says that the FCC should not place larger mandates on service providers, because the fact that many consumers shift to using cell phones during power outages shows that they don't see standby power for voice service a priority.
US Telecom says that the FCC's call to mandate that ILECs provide IP services to competitive telcos at comparable prices to legacy TDM services could actually delay the U.S. telecom industry's migration to all-IP networks.
Verizon's troubles in New York City continue to mount as Mayor Bill de Blasio is requiring City Hall to approve any business local agencies do with the service provider, a measure focused on getting it to fulfill its goal to wire the city with FiOS FTTP service.