Google, Apple and a broad array of civil liberties groups and technology companies are urging President Barack Obama not to embrace policies that would prohibit tech companies from encrypting their customers' data.
The FCC's net neutrality rules could undermine what is being proposed for 5G networks by the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance and others. Who knows how very well 5G might enable development of other innovative new services, business models and pricing packages if it remains unshackled?
In his January 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama pledged within the next five years, his administration would work to make it possible for carriers to deploy LTE to 98 percent of all Americans.
Sprint and T-Mobile US seemed cautiously optimistic that the FCC's new net neutrality rules won't harm them and will protect the open Internet, while Verizon and AT&T were dismayed and characterized the FCC's action as misguided.
Last week the largest U.S. wireless carriers agreed to let customers who have fulfilled their contracts unlock their phones and tablets and move to another carrier. Yet according to the consumer advocate who spurred the movement to change unlocking policies, Sprint and T-Mobile US in particular are not fully meeting their six commitments under the new policy.
A group of 43 municipal broadband providers are asking the FCC to exempt them from being included with large incumbent telcos and wireless operators as being common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
As part of an agreement between the CTIA and FCC, the nation's largest U.S. wireless carriers agreed to let customers who have fulfilled their contracts unlock their phones and tablets and move to another carrier.
A House oversight committee on Friday said it was launching a probe into whether the White House improperly influenced the FCC on its planned net neutrality rules.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler revealed that his proposed new net neutrality rules will reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called a top Obama aide late last year in an unsuccessful attempt to dissuade the President from endorsing strident Title II-based Internet regulation.