AT&T has joined fellow Tier 1 telco CenturyLink, Consolidated Communications and others in accepting $427 million annually in phase two of the FCC Connect America Fund (CAF-II) program, allowing it reach 2.2 million rural locations in 18 of the 21 states in its operating territory with broadband services.
AT&T has been awarded a $250,000 judgment from three fake CLECs that were created to bill service providers for services they never provided.
The NTCA (National Telephone Cooperative Association) says in a FCC filing that the ability for smaller telcos to get access to competitively-priced video content in rural areas will drive competition and new broadband investments.
Dish Network said it has reached another short-term broadcast retransmission extension with Sinclair Broadcast Group, halting a 24-hour blackout of 129 Sinclair TV stations on Dish's satellite pay-TV service.
As part of Sprint's years-long effort to reband public safety entities, the FCC has granted a waiver that will allow Sprint to deploy its 800 MHz network in parts of Washington state that are considered key to its service in the Portland, Ore., metro area.
The dynamics of cable carriage and broadcast retransmission negotiations differ. But in blacking out its 129 broadcast affiliate stations on the program guides of around 5 million Dish Network customers this week, Sinclair might have been thinking it found a late-summer scheduling sweet spot to dig its heels in-- not yet pre-empting into any serious viewing events, but cutting it close enough to get Dish's attention.
LightSquared submitted its testing plans to the FCC designed to determine where interference may occur between LightSquared's L-band spectrum and GPS receivers and how it can be resolved. A GPS industry group has indicated it does not consider the tests legitimate and is going to work with the U.S. Department of Transportation on separate tests.
TDS said that the FCC's move to modernize the E-Rate program, which provides discounted telecom services to schools and libraries is producing positive results, but the voice support phase-down requirement remains a concern for its customers transitioning from TDM to IP-based voice.
Verizon, CenturyLink, AT&T, Netflix and other players in the telecommunications market have filed comments with the FCC over its investigation into the rules governing broadcast retransmission licensing negotiations and the definition of "multi-channel program video provider" (MVPD). The comments generally reflect the desire of companies across the industry to obtain more favorable regulations for their respective businesses.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called an emergency meeting of the agency's Media Bureau, following the blackout of 129 Sinclair Broadcasting stations in 79 markets on Dish Network.