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FCC to Wrongdoers: Answer Your Mail!

Failure to respond to FCC notices can have adverse consequences. When the FCC proposed to fine Chinese company C.T.S. Technology $34,912,500 a couple of years ago for marketing jammers in the United States, we predicted it would have trouble collecting. Silly us – we underestimated the FCC’s problems in even communicating with C.T.S., which did not … Continue Reading

It's Still the Cable Company, Part 711

A video on demand service glitch provided me an opportunity to see whether my cable television provider Comcast has made any progress on its customer service. The result: it's GOTTEN WORSE!How can a company with $74 billion dollars in annual revenues not understand the need to invest in both plant and personnel? That's not a hard question. Show More Summary

Verizon, Unions Make a Deal

Just as Memorial Day weekend is about to start, the Verizon strike appears to be over.  Verizon and its unions have apparently reached a tentative deal this afternoon after 13 days of talking at the Department of Labor.... [visit site to read more]

Chromebook Access to Google Play Store a Big Deal

Google enables all Android Play Store apps to work on Chromebooks, and Intel makes a move toward IoT and connected cars.

What will a broadband USO look like?

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, has clarified the Government’s position with regards to the proposed broadband universal service obligation (USO), stating that it would be similar to the landline USO in that it would be provided on request, as opposed to premises being connected with 10 Mbit/s as default. […]

LPTV/TV Translator Deadline … or Punchline … Announced

Bureau announces, sort of, deadline for eligibility for first post-Spectrum Auction displacement window. LPTV and TV Translator licensees have known for some time – at least since last December – that they’re going to need to be “operating” as of a certain date in order to be eligible for the first displacement window that will … Continue Reading

Facebook, Microsoft, Telefonica Team Up for new Mid-Atlantic Cable

On what do Facebook and Microsoft agree? Apparently, on the need for a new transatlantic cable between Spain and Virginia. The MAREA cable system was announced yesterday, with the software and social networking giants working with Telefonica's Telxius subsidiary to make it happen.... [visit site to read more]

The Death of the Call Centre

For some time now we’ve been talking about the digital evolution of the telecom industry, but to this point it’s been an almost entirely theoretical conversation. In an effort to truly see what we’re talking about when we speak of the “digital age,” consider the impending death of one legacy era concept that I’m surely […]

The Robots are Coming: Foxconn Begins to Automate its Workforce

The robots are coming; heck, in many heavy manufacturing industries, they’re already here. Last year infamous tech manufacturing giant Foxconn announced a plan to heavily automate its workforce, and this week we got the first signs that Apple and Samsung’s chief manufacturing partner has initiated its promised robot revolution, with reports that it has replaced upwards […]

More support for mobile users to block nuisance calls

Mobile phone users can send a simple, free text message to opt out of unsolicited sales and marketing calls from today. The ‘text-to-register’ service, launched by the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and Ofcom, enables mobile phone users to add their number to the UK’s official ‘do not call’ database by texting ‘TPS’ and their email […]

UKRN loses its web site

The UK Regulators Network brings together all the economic regulators in Britain and does good work in promoting information exchange, better understanding and best practice in the regulatory space. A pity then that its web site is down. Bit ironic really when Ofcom is one of its largest members.

The Quad Pulls A Sisyphus … Again

Three’s the charm, as the Third Circuit sends the FCC’s Quadriennial Review proceeding back to the Commission for a third time We once described the FCC’s quadrennial ownership review process as Sisyphean in nature. Keeping with that analogy, we can report that the rock has now rolled back down the hill … again. But this … Continue Reading

A Slow Journey to LTE on Unlicensed Spectrum

Tests and trials can continue, but LTE-U/LAA won’t become a business until the FCC sets real rules and regulations.

Stakeholders Reach Consensus on “Best Practices” for Commercial UAS

Year-long multistakeholder process convened by NTIA produces voluntary standards for protecting privacy in drone use. As we reported last year, at the request of the President, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration...Show More Summary

Network Bytes: Zayo, FirstLight, Consolidated, Interoute

I'm on the road again today, but here's a quick roundup of some action among fiber operators in the last day or so:... [visit site to read more]

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