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Sprint's Bye: Carriers will still invest in networks even under Title II regulations

Sprint's decision to split from its wireless rivals and endorse an FCC plan that would reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act was part of an effort by the carrier to show that such a move by the FCC would not stop investment in networks, according to Sprint CTO Stephen Bye. The FCC plans to vote on such a proposal on Feb. 26 as part of an effort to craft net neutrality regulations.

FCC's Wheeler: We must balance Internet openness with operators' return on investment in networks

BOULDER, Colo.--FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the draft net neutrality proposal he circulated to commissioners last week will forgo sections of Title II of the Telecommunications Act that are a threat to network investment. In other words, "no rate regulation, no unbundling and no tariffs or new taxes," he said.

FCC's estimated opening bids for 600 MHz auction 'grossly' undervalues licenses, broadcaster group says

The FCC released estimates for opening bids for broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum in the agency's planned incentive auction of those airwaves. However, since the FCC's formula for calculating the opening bid prices does not take into account the prices paid in the AWS-3 spectrum auction, the figures have been criticized as undervaluing the spectrum.

House to probe whether White House improperly influenced FCC on net neutrality

A House oversight committee on Friday said it was launching a probe into whether the White House improperly influenced the FCC on its planned net neutrality rules.

Republicans launch investigation into Obama's 'improper influence' of net neutrality

A group of Republicans has taken the latest shot in the net neutrality battle, claiming that the Obama administration had "an improper influence" over the FCC's recent move to implement Title II on ISPs as part of its new net neutrality rules. This, of course, merits the time and resources needed to conduct a thorough investigation. FierceTelecom has a complete report here.

Windstream to FCC: Competitive choice should not be reduced in IP transition

Windstream says the FCC's plan to revise its Section 214 discontinuance and copper retirement and IP transition processes should ensure that its business customers won't be left without competitive choices for service.

Republicans suggest Obama had 'improper influence' on FCC's net neutrality rules

A group of Republicans has taken the latest shot in the net neutrality battle, claiming that the Obama administration had "an improper influence" over the FCC's recent move to implement Title II on ISPs as part of its new net neutrality rules, reports  Ars Technica.

Frontier's Wilderotter is comfortable with Title II reclassification

Frontier Communications may be another traditional wireline telco that has to abide by a host of FCC rules, including the move to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecom Act of 1996, but that's just fine for CEO Maggie Wilderotter.

Google, Qualcomm at odds over 600 MHz

Google and Qualcomm might share a lot of visionary goals, like getting Internet access to far-flung places around the globe that don't yet have it, but when it comes to the 600 MHz guard bands and unlicensed operations, they're pretty far apart.

Wi-Fi blocking rules apply to hospitals, FCC says

A lot of consumers were happy to hear of the FCC's crackdown on Marriott International and the hotel industry in general for blocking or attempting to block Wi-Fi, but there's another group of venues where Wi-Fi management is extremely important: hospitals and healthcare facilities.