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AT&T, Verizon and other carriers debate merits of new net neutrality rules

Amidst a great protest within the agency and by large telcos like AT&T and Verizon, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed Open Internet order passed in a 3-2 vote this week. Now that the order has been approved, it's likely going to see a number of legal challenges from the largest carriers.

AT&T brings on-demand Ethernet service to five new markets

AT&T is expanding the availability of its Switched Ethernet Service via Network on Demand to five new markets, with a particular focus on serving businesses in its fiber-ready buildings.

Grande beats AT&T, Google Fiber with 1 Gbps launch in San Antonio

Grande Communications, a Texas-based cable overbuilder, is leapfrogging competitors AT&T and Google Fiber with plans to launch its new 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in San Antonio on March 3.

Friday Bytes: GTT, HE, NTT, Akamai, Ciena, CENX, XKL

Next week it will be March at last, and perhaps we'll even see some snow actually melt.  In the meantime, here is a quick look at a bunch of items from this week -- assuming of course that Title II doesn't cause an immediate end to the world.  News from two global networks, one CDN, and […]

The Internet is Now a Public Utility: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules in 3-2 Vote

After years of legal wrangling and bureaucratic bungling the fight for Net Neutrality hit an important milestone this week, the Internet will finally be regulated as a public utility. In a close but never really disputed 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved the utility-style rules to govern the Web, adopting the Net Neutrality standards [...]

Federalism Versus Balkanization and Muni Wi-Fi

While most attention today focused on the FCC’s Open Internet, I was intrigued with the discussion—make that righteous indignation—presented by Commission’s Pai on the FCC’s partial preemption of state laws restricting territorial build outs by municipal Wi-Fi networks. Show More Summary

LTE’s Meteoric Growth Not Slowing Down

LTE leads to the use of more data and the purchase of bigger data plans.

AT&T, Verizon say FCC net neutrality move will stifle broadband investment, raise prices

The FCC voted to pass new net neutrality rules for wireless and wireline networks that would bar blocking and throttling of content and ban carriers and ISPs from striking deals with content companies, a move that incumbent telcos AT&T and Verizon say will stifle innovation and drive up costs for consumers.

Net Neutrality Is Back In the Fast Lane

Ok, maybe that title wasn't the best way to express that particular thought...  But anyhow, the interlude between the striking down of the first net neutrality regulatory regime and the rise of Title II is now apparently over. As widely expected, the FCC has in fact approved new, stronger rules it hopes will stand up […]

FCC Acts to Unshackle Municipal Fiber

The higher profile vote today will be about network neutrality. But the FCC's vote on a somewhat less widely known issue today may have a more immediate effect. Nobody is on the brink of commercializing a fast lane of any note, but municipal fiber projects have been chomping at the bit for years.... [visit […]

FCC ruling overturns state laws preventing municipal broadband expansion

The FCC moved to preempt elements of state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that were designed to restrict municipal providers in these communities from providing broadband service outside of their current serving areas, a move that could drive other states to act, as well as potential court challenges.

A Very Preliminary and Tentative Summary of the FCC’s Open Internet Order

I have prepared a tentative summary of the FCC’s Open Internet Order based on pre-releasedocuments as well as what transpired at the Commission meeting today (Feb. 26, 2015). I expect to read the entire 300+ page document as soon as it is released. Show More Summary

TV Stations: The SESAC Check is (Almost) in the Mail

TVMLC settlement with SESAC gets the thumbs up from judge; important forms to be sent to participating stations to get the refund process rolling If you’re a full-power TV operator in the U.S. (or its territories) and you obtained aShow More Summary

Consolidated's Q4 video, data connection gains offset by ongoing local voice, network access revenue declines

Consolidated Communications reported that while data and Internet service rose to $82.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, those gains were more than offset by declines in legacy local calling and network access revenues.

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