LAS VEGAS--FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said his model for the way forward on net neutrality regulations is the way that the wireless industry has been regulated as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, while abstaining from all but three key sections of that part of the law. Wheeler said that the FCC will seek to hold broadband providers to a legal standard of what is "just and reasonable" in evaluating whether their practices violate rules on transparency, discrimination and paid periodization.
Windstream has officially become the latest telco to enter the still growing IPTV race by securing a video franchise agreement in Lincoln, Neb., where it will compete directly with local cable incumbent Time Warner Cable.
Portugal Telecom SGPS shares dropped by more than 9 per cent to reach a record low of €0.73 ($0.86) in morning trading on Wednesday following reports on Tuesday that the company is being investigated for fraud.
Verizon CEO and Chairman Lowell McAdam says that a potential sale of some of its wireline assets could provide the company with various operational and process benefits.
The FCC plans to vote on net neutrality in late February, a move that will spur a series of legal challenges from telcos and industry groups on one of the key policy issues that will govern how Internet traffic is delivered to consumers.
The FCC will vote at the end of February on new net neutrality rules, setting the stage for what is likely going to be one of the largest technology policy battles of the year and perhaps beyond.
Google Fiber wrote in an FCC filing that if the FCC proceeds with reclassifying broadband providers under Title II of the Telecom Act, it could enable it to more readily gain access to utility poles and related infrastructure like ducts owned by electric and gas utility companies.
A group of telcos, including CenturyLink and FairPoint Communications, has told the FCC that if the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger is approved, they should not be required to provide the combined company access to unbundled network elements (UNEs) to deliver voice services.
CTIA is arguing that even if the FCC chose to reclassify broadband as a common carrier service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act as part of an effort to craft new net neutrality regulations, mobile broadband would be legally exempt from such Title II rules.
As we look to close out yet another year here at FierceTelecom, it's time to reflect back on the major news themes of the past year. Net neutrality and consolidation were just a couple of the key topics that will continue to dominate the industry. Once you've checked out this year's biggest stories, let us know what you think in the comments.