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Tech Companies Urge FCC To Take Comment on Zero Rating

The FCC should seek comment on rules for zero-rated services offered by ISPs, said a broad group of tech companies and other net neutrality advocates in a letter Tuesday to the five FCC commissioners. The FCC declined to … Subscribe to Read >>

Hill Appropriators Ready To Mandate Set-Top Proceeding Pause

House Republicans are targeting the FCC set-top box rulemaking in an FY 2017 funding bill that also would slash the agency’s budget by tens of millions of dollars per year to $314.84 million. GOP appropriators loaded the funding … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Will Have Auction Dashboard for Public, Some Stations Already Frozen

With bidding in the incentive auction starting May 31, some stations are “frozen” at their opening bid price, the highest possible amount they could receive in the reverse auction, Incentive Auction Task Force officials said at the FCC reverse … Subscribe to Read >>

House Democrats, Republicans United To Tank Kelsey Smith Act Floor Vote

A group of 50 Republicans and 108 Democrats sank the Kelsey Smith Act (HR-4889) Monday when it advanced for a House floor vote under suspension of the rules. Suspension requires a two-thirds approval of those present, which would … Subscribe to Read >>

DC Circuit Rejects Most GLC Challenges to FCC Order, Remands Rural Exemption Issue

Federal judges rejected all but one Great Lakes Comnet argument that an FCC order improperly subjected the "intermediate" telecom carrier to CLEC rate caps in siding with AT&T in an intercarrier compensation dispute. "Because the Commission failed to … Subscribe to Read >>

FTC's Ramirez Tells House Lawmakers Some Bills Would Be Burdensome to Commission

Facing a largely receptive House Commerce subcommittee, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez told lawmakers Tuesday what she thought about the 17 bills that would either broaden the commission's authority, curtail its enforcement tools or impose heavier burdens in reporting. While … Subscribe to Read >>

Verizon Must Get Labor Costs Under Control, CEO Tells Investors

Verizon isn't suffering from the East Coast phone workers strike -- in its 42nd day Tuesday -- CEO Lowell McAdam said at a J.P. Morgan investors conference streamed from Boston, though he acknowledged in his remarks the workers picketing … Subscribe to Read >>

Gulf Over Proposed Set-top Rule Changes Remains Wide, Filings At FCC Show

The divide over FCC-proposed set-top rule changes remains wide, based on filings in docket 16-42 Monday, the deadline for replies, several of which were posted Tuesday. Early-filed comments likewise showed a divide (see 1605230058). Pay-TV industry-side commenters … Subscribe to Read >>

Ligado's Proposed LTE Plans Sees Calls for More Changes

Parts of the aviation, GPS and satellite industries have interference worries about Ligado's proposed terrestrial LTE network. They said Ligado's proposed license modifications need more changes. "There remain too many unresolved issues to alleviate the aviation sector's concerns that … Subscribe to Read >>

Parties Ask FCC To Ensure Streamlining of International License/Permit Reviews

The FCC should ensure that efforts to streamline international licensing and other authorizations actually accomplish that, said industry parties reacting to an NTIA letter suggesting commission process changes to facilitate executive branch reviews (see 1605120035). Parties voiced … Subscribe to Read >>

Rubio Urges IANA Transition Delay, Generates Some Senate Commerce Interest

Debate during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Tuesday on the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) transition centered on the perceived merits and consequences of proposed delays of the transition, as expected (see 1605230059). Several committee Republicans expressed interest … Subscribe to Read >>

EC Expected To Reject One-Size-Fits-All Online Platform Rules

The European Commission is expected to reject universal platform regulation in favor of a sector-specific approach, said Computer & Communications Industry Association Europe Vice President James Waterworth at a Tuesday briefing. The EC communication, to be released Wednesday, is … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

States Air Concerns About Verizon-Frontier Transition Troubles

State regulators said they will respond to ongoing problems with migrating Verizon wireline customers to Frontier Communications in California, Florida and Texas. While Frontier said it’s working hard to address lingering problems, state agencies reported a steady stream of customer complaints. Frontier completed its $10.5 billion buy of Verizon wireline operations in those states April 1. The transaction included about 3.3 million voice connections, 2.1 million broadband connections and 1.2 million Fios video subscribers. Customers making the transition started reporting problems in the first week (see 1604080052) and are still complaining about service a month later. A telecom analyst said the transition fumbles could cause customer losses by Frontier. … Read More >>

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