The FCC today reaffirmed its decision to create the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band and took steps to finalize the rules for a new experimental sharing regime, making 150 MHz available for mobile broadband and other commercial uses.
Speaking at the WiFi Now conference last week, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel told a group of industry representatives that the 5.9 GHz band is "our best near shot for having more Wi-Fi" and called for tests to ensure that it can be effectively used for this purpose.
A divided FCC voted Thursday to move forward with proposed rules for mobile and fixed-line Internet service providers (ISPs) to protect consumers' privacy.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union has joined the rallying cry for the Federal Communications Commission to modernize the Lifeline affordable phone service program by adopting the 10/1 Mbps broadband speed standard that the regulator has already set as the minimum speed providers should deliver to consumers.
President Obama said he will renominate FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to another term. The Democratic commissioner initially joined the commission in 2011.
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.
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.
Just as it released its 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the FCC voted during its monthly meeting today to change the definition of broadband from a minimum of 4/1 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps, a move that will force incumbent telcos and cable operators to rethink how they market and deliver services to consumers and businesses.
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel renewed her call for the FCC to free up more spectrum for unlicensed used and Wi-Fi, something that has been a perennial concern of hers.
In case there were any doubts, the FCC is making it clear that it will not tolerate any form of Wi-Fi blocking, whether it's in hotels, conference centers or some other commercial establishment.