The roiling debate over net neutrality rules got another jolt Wednesday when two of the FCC's Democratic commissioners pushed for strong net neutrality regulations, and one indicated that strict net neutrality rules should apply to wireless as well as wireline networks. Meanwhile, the CTIA and wireless carriers continued to push back against the notion that the regulations should cover mobile technologies.
Comcast wants to keep everything out of the shadows, so it's pulling its reported $110,000 support for a function honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn while she and the agency are in the process of reviewing Comcast's $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable.
Even as the FCC and other regulatory bodies continue to review Comcast's $45.2 billion bid to take over Time Warner Cable, the two companies plan to spend more than $130,000 on a dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, multiple reports say.
WASHINGTON--The FCC voted to approve draft net neutrality rules that would re-examine whether to treat wireless networks differently from wired broadband networks as the commission seeks to craft new rules that would ensure consumers get equal access to all Internet content.
As expected, the FCC issued updated proposals regarding a three-tiered access and spectrum-sharing model for the 3.5 GHz band, with a flexible approach now being proposed for the priority access tier that could include auctioned licenses under certain conditions.
Poor Americans are driving the mobile-only trend, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Senate on late Tuesday unanimously confirmed Tom Wheeler to be the next FCC chairman and also unanimously confirmed Michael O'Rielly, a staffer for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), as one of the two Republican commissioners on the five-member panel.
The FCC approved an order to implement a 700 MHz interoperability solution that will eventually give smaller carriers access to the same 700 MHz LTE devices AT&T now uses.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) has formally placed a hold on Tom Wheeler's nomination to become the next chairman of the FCC, pushing back even further a final confirmation vote.
CCA members are now turning their attention to the next big policy issues that they must battle. First among them is the upcoming 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction, which is viewed by many as one of the few opportunities in the foreseeable future for operators to actually secure a significant amount of spectrum below 1 GHz.