On July 14, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released its latest Connect America Fund Order, which sets forth the parameters of its planned “rural broadband experiments” program. As detailed below, the...more
On Friday, July 11, 2014 the FCC adopted an order implementing its planned “Rural Broadband Experiments”—a test-case program for disbursing subsidies to competitive providers that can deploy broadband to unserved areas. Our...more
Phase II of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (“CAF”) program will disburse up to $9 billion in support (i.e., subsidies) over the next five years to price cap incumbent local exchange carriers (“ILECs”). This support will be...more
Net neutrality has been a contentious policy issue for many years. Like many such issues, it is subject to political spin, conflicting academic analyses, and industry and consumer group advocacy. As a result, much of the...more
On June 2, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, or Commission) released rules designed to implement the first-ever incentive auction in which spectrum will be recovered from television broadcasters, who...more
On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its long-awaited order establishing a framework for competitors to obtain broadband subsidies (support) through Phase II of the Connect...more
Representing about 40 million TV households, Germans now receive virtually all on-demand content by Blu-ray Disc or DVD. Video-on-demand services are set to change that over the next three to five years, says Christoph...more
“Net neutrality” has become one of the most hotly debated issues before lawmakers and regulators in Washington this year. Proponents of net neutrality argue that the government should regulate the conduct of broadband...more
In a pair of opinions issued late last week, a federal appeals court in Denver affirmed in its entirety a landmark Federal Communications Commission rulemaking that expands the availability of broadband internet access in...more
On May 15, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in its Open Internet proceeding. The Notice was issued in response to the recent federal court ruling in Verizon v. FCC which...more
On April 30, 2014, Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") warned major players in the broadband cable and telecommunications industry that the FCC is willing to resort to reclassifying...more
This E-Commerce Times article quotes Kirton McConkie Attorney David Shaw.
Reports that the FCC is abandoning its support of Net neutrality are incorrect, the agency's chairman claimed Thursday.
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took steps to make 150 megahertz of spectrum available for shared broadband use by unanimously approving a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) setting forth...more
On April 1, the FCC took steps to remedy a small but growing annoyance of modern life: poor Wi-Fi connectivity. Removing restrictions that had been in place to protect the mobile satellite service uplinks of Globalstar, and...more
There is a good deal of misinformation being distributed about municipal construction of broadband systems (fiber based internet access), including that consumers and businesses don’t need it and that local governments should...more
Competitive providers deploying broadband networks in rural areas will now be eligible to obtain direct subsidy support from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through an experimental program under the Connect...more
As we recently reported, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “IP Transition Order” includes an experiment designed to test the feasibility of directing Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidies to competitive providers...more
After the Net Neutrality decision, the FCC has a number of options, all of which could have an important impact on providers and users alike....more
On Jan. 14, 2014, a D.C. Circuit panel struck down the portions of the FCC’s 2010 “Open Internet” (or “net neutrality”) rules that had banned blocking or discriminatory treatment of web sites or other online applications by...more
On January 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a long-awaited decision on the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. That Order required broadband Internet...more
In Verizon v. FCC, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (“Commission” or “FCC”) anti-discrimination and anti-blocking provisions of...more
On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated and remanded the operative portions of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) network neutrality regulations....more
The FCC recently announced that respondents to the Commission’s “urban rate survey” must complete survey responses no later than Jan. 17, 2014. The urban rate survey is an FCC initiative to collect information of fixed voice...more
On September 27, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Notice”) directed at expediting the deployment of wireless broadband facilities. Currently, parties seeking to...more
Is It Time to Think About Establishing a Municipal Network?
You are a Major Consumer of Communications -
And your Cable Operator Supplied “Institutional Network” is….
(b) A thing...more
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