The long-awaited court fight over net neutrality has finally arrived: Verizon Communications and the FCC are set to square off in federal court today over the FCC's open Internet rules, with the fate of net neutrality for wireless and wired networks in the balance.
Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo said although content providers have approached Verizon Wireless about wanting to subsidize content delivery, there are still technology hurdles to making that a reality.
Google joined with Indian operator Bharti Airtel to offer free access to certain Google-based services and Web search results in a unique teaming that highlights the possibilities for toll-free data plans.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said structuring the rules of the upcoming incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum to favor Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile US would be a "big gamble."
Fueling the fire surrounding the likelihood of toll-free data coming to the U.S. market soon, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo told investors at a Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications conference today that content providers are starting to see the value in paying the wireless operator for the data consumed by their subscribers when they view their content via a mobile device.
Now that it's owned by T-Mobile US, MetroPCS has decided to drop its lawsuit against the FCC's net neutrality rules for wireless and wired networks, leaving Verizon Wireless as the sole challenger to the rules.
Just days after reports circulated that ESPN was in talks with a Tier 1 wireless operator about potentially subsidizing consumer access to the company's content via mobile, AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson told investors at a J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference that he expects content and app developers to soon introduce new types of business models that will allow customers to get access to their content without racking up high data usage bills.
Sports media giant ESPN has talked with at least one large U.S. carrier about subsidizing wireless access to its content, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The discussions could lead to a "toll-free" data plans with carriers and open up new revenue streams for both parties.
Verizon Wireless is so far ahead of its competitors in terms of its LTE network coverage and quality that it will be a significant period of time before the other Tier 1 carriers are on the same level, according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam. "I think at this point the various carriers with their network initiatives are playing catch up," he said.
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