AT&T may be one of the loudest opponents of the FCC's effort to reclassify ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act as part of new net neutrality rules, but a ruling about a voice services dispute with two rural telcos shows that Title II could work in its favor.
The UK government said it has plugged another potential source of bill shock after brokering a voluntary deal with EE, O2 UK, Three UK, Virgin Media and Vodafone UK to cap costs accrued on stolen devices.
The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Amazon approval to begin outdoor field tests of drones, The New York Times reports.
When asked about the impact of the FCC's new net neutrality rules, top cable-industry executives have offered up a somewhat unified response: the effects should be minimal as long as the agency holds true to its promise not regulate rates.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ruled Thursday that pay-TV operators must offer subscribers a basic programming channel selection, priced at no more than $25 a month. Any other networks on top of that must be offered a la carte, or in small bundles.
An article suggesting that Comcast was in negotiations with HBO, Showtime and Sony to treat the broadband traffic of the latter three's new OTT products as "managed services" set off skeptic alarms for one analyst.
The Wall Street Journal created a mild furor with an article suggesting that Internet service providers like Comcast may be working out deals with high-volume online video providers like HBO to give their data "special treatment," such as dedicated fast lanes. However, at least one media outlet is questioning the accuracy of the story.
Starting in February 2014, when it first publicly proposed its $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, Comcast has framed its regulatory pitch on the fact that its video services footprint have little, if any, overlap with that of TWC. However, a group of California deal opponents say Comcast has plans to launch a broad-reaching, national online video service that render those supposedly safe battle lines moot.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said yesterday the agency is going to fix its rules on designated entities to ensure that they benefit truly small businesses and are not used as a front to give discounts on spectrum to multibillion-dollar corporations. Lawmakers, a Republican FCC commissioner and carriers have said that Dish Network manipulated the FCC's designated entity system in its bidding strategy for the AWS-3 spectrum auction to get discounts on airwaves.
While there is a legitimate concern that LTE Broadcast content will be given a higher quality of service than regular, over-the-top video content, I don't think the situation will violate net neutrality. In fact, based on conversations I have had this week with experts at vendors that specialize in LTE Broadcast (and, admittedly, are proponents of the technology), carriers' use of it is likely to benefit customers, even those who are not taking advantage of it.