Net Neutrality Battle Lines Drawn as FCC Vote Looms


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s long-brewing plan to repeal Net neutrality has the broadband, telecom and entertainment worlds at loggerheads. The commission’s expected Dec. 14 vote could result in a complete rewrite of the script for the Internet’s competitive landscape and consumer protection models. The repeal of Net neutrality would end restrictions imposed by the Obama administration in 2015, which effectively regarded the Internet as a utility with heavy government regulation.

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Evolution of the 4th Utility: Fixed Broadband


In-home broadband has become “the fourth utility” in United States households, many of which have multiple connected devices and viewing screens. More than 85 percent of U.S. homes have broadband service, according to Parks Associates, 93 percent of those have DSL, fiber or cable high-speed, fixed-line Internet services. The demand for high-speed fixed broadband is a key contributor to ongoing revenue and profitability for operators, particularly due to declines in pay-TV and landline voice subscribers.

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Microsoft eyes unused TV airwaves in bold rural broadband plan

Microsoft wants to extend broadband access to rural communities by harnessing unused parts of the TV airwaves spectrum.

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Comcast Rolls the Dice With Xfinity Instant TV


Comcast has led the way in cable television ever since it acquired AT&T Broadband a decade ago. However, in recent years, new technologies — like IPTV and wireless TV from new competitors like AT&T and DirecTV Now — have been eating away at Comcast’s growth. That’s why Comcast not only has introduced Xfinity Mobile, which is its new wireless service, but also is getting ready to launch its own IPTV service, Xfinity Instant TV. I congratulate Comcast on this forward thinking, but there are no guarantees that IPTV will work for Comcast.

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Competition and Regulation Threaten Sharing Economy Markets


Eighty-three percent of U.S. broadband households, or more than 250 million consumers, own and use a smartphone. A recent beneficiary to this mass adoption has been the sharing economy phenomenon, which includes sharing apps such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. These business models are augmented by real-time data including location, instant gratification, on-demand pricing, and easy payment options. Their ease and convenience have created perfect conditions for sharing economy apps to thrive.

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Senate Moves to Permanently Kill the FCC's Broadband Privacy Rules

The Senate Thursday voted to roll back the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) broadband privacy rules designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers (ISPs) c…

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FCC Approves Broadband Privacy Rules to Protect Consumers. Here's What Comes Next.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to approve new broadband privacy rules that will give consumers greater control over how their personal information is collected and shared b…

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Webpass Buy Lets Google Fiber Extend Its Tentacles


Google Fiber, the high-speed Internet unit of Alphabet, has agreed to buy Webpass, a San Francisco-based broadband service provider that operates in five major metropolitan areas of the U.S., Webpass announced Wednesday. The deal will allow the combined companies to accelerate the growth of high-speed Internet across the U.S., said Webpass President Charles Barr. Webpass will remain focused on expanding Web access to residential and commercial buildings, mainly through point-to-point wireless infrastructure, he said.

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Comcast Promises Data Cap Overages Won't Cost More Than $200 a Month

First, the good news: Comcast is upping its data cap for broadband Internet customers from 300MB to 1TB (terabyte) in the markets where it’s testing usage-based pricing.

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FCC Privacy Proposal Troubles Broadband Internet Providers


Broadband Internet service providers are wary of a government plan to impose consumer privacy protection regulations on the sector. The Federal Communications Commission likely will issue the proposed regulations by Friday. It will accept public comment on the proposal before taking final action. The program would require ISPs to meet consumer privacy protection standards similar to the regulations that cover telephone service companies. ISPs currently are exempt from such requirements.

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Opinion: Cuba's Internet isolation beginning to lift

Cuba’s announcement of launching broadband Internet service in two pilot projects in Havana is historic.


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Gear Up for a Flood of IoT Support Requests


Growth of the Internet of Things in broadband households extends the life, utility and functionality of all connected solutions in the home. It also puts new pressures on existing support solutions to meet consumers’ expectations. Sixteen percent of U.S. broadband households owned a smart home device, and nearly 40 percent planned to buy a smart home product in the next 12 months, suggests a research report Parks Associates released last month. Many of those devices will be self-installed.

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FCC chairman to propose broadband subsidy for low-income Americans

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler will on Thursday propose subsidizing broadband Internet for poorer Americans, much in the way it currently subsidizes phone bills, officials with the agency said.



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AT&T announces new broadband package to compete with Google service

AT&T is planning a new faster broadband service in parts of the Kansas City metro area that will put it in competition with Google Fiber.

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Missouri attempts to ban municipal broadband as White House pushes to void the same restrictions

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A new proposal from the White House would emphasize community broadband and municipal Internet access programs, while a 20th state is considering banning such utilities at the behest of a cable company.

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ISPs Put the Squeeze on Content Distributors, Level3 Charges


Six major ISPs providing residential broadband services are refusing to augment their networks unless content providers pay more, according to Level3. Five of them are in the United States and the last in Europe. While Level3 has not named them, it has repeatedly mentioned writing to AT&T about broadband throttling. The six “are deliberately harming the service they deliver to their paying customers. They are not allowing us to fulfill the requests their customers make for content,” Level3 said.

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