Practically speaking, Netflix chief Reed Hastings believes the Federal Communications Commission will ultimately end up enforcing the new net neutrality rules it develops through merger approval conditions, with the Commission currently vetting deals for three of the largest Internet service providers.
The FCC set a total reserve price of $10.587 billion for the airwaves it will auction in the AWS-3 spectrum auction set for this fall. The commission also set out complex rules and bidding procedures for the auction, and carriers will bid on both paired and unpaired spectrum blocks in the same auction.
While most of the million-plus net-neutrality comments delivered to the FCC recently have focused on the behavior of Internet service providers, the American Cable Association has formally asked the Commission to also consider Internet content, applications and service providers.
Vodafone on Wednesday completed the 100 per cent acquisition of Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2 billion ($9.7 billion) in a move that bolsters the operator's strategy to offer bundles of fixed and mobile services within national markets.
The House of Representatives has passed a bill that renews the compulsory license allowing satellite operators Dish Network and DirecTV to import distant broadcast network TV station signals into markets that don't have a particular network affiliate.
UK regulator Ofcom has just tackled the issue of what is now deemed essential by consumers in a new report on the affordability of these essential communications services. Its findings showed a broad consensus on which services are seen as the most essential, which are voice services in general but mobile services in particular (voice and text) and access to the internet, particularly the fixed internet.
In a signal that heavy-handed anti-piracy tactics--and placing the burden of enforcement on ISPs--isn't working well, the United Kingdom is revising its "three strikes" plan which would boot illegal file sharers off their ISP after three warnings. Instead it will implement in 2015 a less rigid Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), which sends file sharers four warning letters … and does nothing else.
The FCC is expected to mandate that all wireless carriers and over-the-top messaging providers offer text-to-911 services, but it's unclear when that mandate will go into effect.
European Union-mandated cuts to roaming rates did little to boost travellers' data usage with close to 60 per cent of travellers still switching data off when roaming, analysis of usage over the past 12 months shows.
Mediacom has filed a petition for expedited rulemaking with FCC, claiming that Washington rules have resulted in a dysfunctional current state of affairs in which a small, consolidating, ever-powerful group of content giants are using coercive tactics to force bundles of programming on smaller pay TV operators.