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Initial Filings Spark Legal Battle Over Title II

March 24, 2015 11:23 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

USTelecom on Monday has asked an a federal District of Columbia appeals court to review the FCC's Order that reclassifies Internet service providers (ISPs) under...

AT&T, Verizon to Litigate Title II Through Industry Organizations

March 19, 2015 10:57 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The news comes after AT&T and Verizon have both promised long legal fights over the recently...

Wheeler Denies 'Secret' Instructions from White House on Title II

March 17, 2015 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Wheeler's comments come as the Commission late last week finally published the full 400-page...

Order in the Court: Why the Title II Debate Must Be Had Now

March 12, 2015 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | Articles | Comments

Lawyers from AT&T and Verizon are likely poring over the just released 400-page document ...

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Verizon’s Shammo: No Need to Buy Overpriced Spectrum

March 10, 2015 11:16 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Shammo said that until the cost of spectrum comes down there is “no reason for us to go into the secondary market and buy spectrum at this price. It just doesn't make sense.”

Wall Street Unbothered by Title II Vote

February 27, 2015 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Market response to the new regulations was muted, however, probably because the adoption of the new rules had been expected. And the FCC's decision is expected to trigger industry lawsuits that could take...          

ISPs Fall Under Title II After 3-2 FCC Vote

February 26, 2015 12:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The new rules will ban paid prioritization agreements; outlaw the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services and will apply to wireless providers. 

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Republican Lawmakers Scrap Internet Bill Ahead of FCC Vote

February 25, 2015 11:43 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Republicans were championing a bill that would have given the FCC certain powers to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs) but would have stopped short of...

Watch: Roger Entner on Spectrum, Sling TV, Sprint and the Oscars

February 24, 2015 11:10 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In our recent conversation with Recon Analytics' Roger Entner, we discuss the thorny regulatory environment that could pop up around services like Dish's new Sling TV; Sprint's constrained resources; and the whopping $44 billion raised in the FCC's AWS-3 auction. Check out all three installments right here. 

Republican Commissioners Ask for Delay of Vote on Title II

February 24, 2015 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

In a letter to the Chairman, Pai and O'Rielly asked that the entirety of Wheeler's 332-page plan be released to the public and then be subject to...              

FCC Ups Maximum Opening Bids for Incentive Auction

February 6, 2015 12:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The FCC's Incentive Auction Task Force has updated information on the upcoming 2016 broadcast incentive auction and the value of broadcasters' spectrum holidings...                                               

Just the Facts: Net Neutrality and What It All Means

February 5, 2015 10:23 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer: | News | Comments

This principle of fairness, known as "net neutrality," will go up for a vote on Feb. 26 among the FCC's five commissioners. But what does "net neutrality" really mean to you?

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Update: Wheeler Goes Nuclear with Title II Announcement

February 4, 2015 11:35 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The opening salvo in what could be the biggest war the wireless industry has ever seen was just launched Thursday by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler....                      

Recap: Where We're at with Net Neutrality

February 2, 2015 10:01 am | by Annew Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

The commissioners will vote Feb. 26. Wheeler is expected to have the support of the other two Democratic commissioners. The two Republican commissioners have made clear...                       

‘Healthy Competition’ Is Not Enough to Protect Consumers

January 15, 2015 3:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

Obviously, the consequences could be disastrous if the FCC were to rule over ISPs, wireless or wireline, as though they were truly nothing more than public utilities. That said, consumers need more protection than a tip of the cap to competition from goliaths like Verizon and AT&T. 

House 'Regulatory Accountability Act' Could Hobble FCC

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Called the Regulatory Accountability Act, the bill seeks to restrict the creation of any significant new regulations by virtually every single...                   

Wheeler: Title II Can Be Done Right

January 8, 2015 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Speaking Wednesday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Wheeler said there were many benefits...                               

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Verizon CEO McAdam Pans AOL Acquisition Rumors

January 6, 2015 11:46 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

When asked about the reports, McAdam said that there were a lot of media players that might make great partners for Verizon, but he said...                         

Do Net Neutrality Rules Hinder Management of Wireless Networks?

November 13, 2014 4:58 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

OTI claims the study, which was conducted by CTC Technology and Energy, "demonstrates the fallacy of wireless industry claims that adherence to strong...                   

SmartWatch, Episode 27: Obama Fancies Self an Internet Advocate with Title II Remarks

November 13, 2014 10:56 am | Videos | Comments

President Obama this week entered the ring with millions of Americans in an effort to protect the Internet. He jabbed, he bobbed, he weaved, and those that own and have built the networks upon which the Internet was built did the same.

AT&T Pauses Fiber Expansion On Title II Concerns

November 12, 2014 11:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Stephenson's comments come just days after President Obama's strongest statement yet on...                                 

Obama Urges Title II Classification for ISPs

November 10, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

President Obama Monday stirred up a hornet's nest with his strongest comments yet in favor of stronger rules to protect the...                         

On Open Internet, Smart Phones Need Smart Policy

October 30, 2014 9:58 am | by Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA; and Jonathan Spalter, Chair, Mobile Future | Articles | Comments

One area fraught with peril is the insistence by some that if you truly support an open Internet, then you must blindly adhere to the irrefutably false conclusion that...                

Verizon Cans Plans to Throttle Unlimited Customers

October 2, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon said in a statement that it "greatly valued the ongoing dialogue over the past several months concerning network optimization" and had subsequently...                                                                    

Attwell Baker Says Existing Open Internet Rules Sufficient

September 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In comments made at the kickoff of a GSMA event in Atlanta today, Attwell Baker said that under existing Open Internet rules, which allow exceptions for wireless providers, "we see new plans, new options, new exciting pro-consumer services like Music Freedom, and Sponsored Data. Consumers can pick the best service and network for them."

User Manipulation or ‘Network Optimization’?

September 3, 2014 9:26 am | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

In a highly publicized letter to Verizon, Wheeler raised concerns over the carrier’s policy of limiting downlink throughput to a certain class of user when localized traffic demand exceeds network capacity. Affected users are those with legacy “unlimited” data plans and who fall within the top 5 percent of monthly data consumers. 

Wheeler to Verizon: Throttling Is Not Network Management

July 31, 2014 9:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a letter to Verizon CEO Dan Mead, the Chairman voiced his objections to plans Verizon announced last week to begin throttling LTE customers on unlimited plans that use an exorbitant amount of data. Verizon said the change will only affect about 5 percent of its users and it is being done in the name of network managment. 

Internet Companies Lobby FCC for True Open Internet

July 14, 2014 10:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speaking as part of the Internet Association, the companies asserted that an "open and decentralized model is precisely what enabled the Internet to become one of the greatest engines for growth, prosperity and progress the world has ever known." 

AT&T, Verizon Come Out Against Title II Classification for ISPs

May 13, 2014 2:02 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A collection of 28 CEOs of major communications companies are asking the FCC not to proceed with an attempt to reclassify broadband Internet access as a Title II public service. Among the signatories of the letter were AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.

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