WASHINGTON--The FCC voted, 3-2, to codify new net neutrality regulations for wireless and wireline networks that would bar blocking and throttling of content and ban carriers and ISPs from striking deals with content companies to zip their content faster to consumers. In doing so, the FCC is reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, instead of a lightly-regulated information service, a move that carriers and ISPs have said will stifle innovation.
The FCC's order to protect the open Internet carries with it implications for the Internet of Things (IoT), even though the immediate impact might not be felt for quite some time.
They had it comin'. After years of failing to provide data usage alerts to customers and being unclear about throttling policies, wireless companies will deserve it Thursday when the FCC votes to codify new net neutrality rules. In his latest column, FierceWireless ' Phil Goldstein sidesteps the debate as to whether the FCC legally can reclassify mobile broadband and delves into the issue of what it means to carriers.
It looks as though FCC Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel are not interested in letting the automobile industry indefinitely hold onto spectrum set aside for roadway safety.
As the world races toward 5G, it's hard to argue with NYU Wireless' assertions that the FCC should move quickly to allocate new spectrum in the millimeter wave (mmW) radio bands. But the satellite industry, in particular, is raising concerns in the FCC's Notice of Inquiry on the subject.
A coalition of public interest groups urged the FCC to adopt a spectrum reserve of at least 40 MHz for the 600 MHz incentive auction, one of several rule changes they are suggesting aimed at helping smaller carriers acquire spectrum. In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his fellow commissioners, the groups said that the AWS-3 auction strengthened the position of AT&T and Verizon Wireless and that, now, smaller carriers need a leg up to compete. The groups also want the FCC to move quickly to free up the 3.5 GHz band for mobile broadband.
The Mobile World Congress trade show will be held March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain. The event is the world's biggest gathering of executives in the mobile industry. Of course, Fierce will cover the event from all angles. And to prepare for the show, check out this special report on all the hot topics executives are expecting to learn about at the show.
Bouygues Telecom expects EBITDA to remain stable in 2015 as the France-based operator continues to implement its transformation plan to enable it to survive in a market with four mobile players.
I think wireless carriers need more oversight than they have had--they deserve it after years of failing to provide data usage alerts and being unclear on throttling policies, among other harms to consumers. And wireless customers need protections than they have been afforded in the past. But I don't think the FCC should be playing traffic cop (no pun intended) with carriers' business models.
A group representing African-American media business owners has sued Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Al Sharpton, among others, for drumming up fake support for black-owned media while continuing longstanding discriminatory practices.