Net neutrality avalanche looks more like a slush pile

image-3724.jpg

I'm still getting my head wrapped around the concept of three million comments. That's how many individual bits of advice regarding net neutrality that the FCC received, as of Monday's deadline to submit.

No single commissioner or, indeed, all the members of the commission working together can possibly read through the entire pile. Even if they divvied it up and only dwelt on each submission for ten seconds, it would take the five commissioners more than a year of work each to get through their respective in-boxes. That's assuming they work full time on it and don't do anything else. Ain't gonna happen.

Most of the comments are likely either form letters or relatively brief and minor variations on one theme or another. "I want to watch Netflix", say. Or "<a href="https://www.you

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: ,

Governor’s pen will write the story for community broadband development in California

image-3722.jpg

Three bills with big implications for community broadband in California are still sitting on Governor Brown's desk, waiting for his approval or veto:

Assembly bill 2272 would blow a huge hole in the California Advanced Services Fund and roll back much of the progress made last year when the legislature – and Brown – added $90 million to the kitty and made independent ISPs eligible for broadband construction subsidies. By requiring every CASF-funded project – past, present and future – to follow the state's so-called prevailing wage rules, the effec

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: , ,

FCC’s net neutrality rules stack the deck in favor of the big boys

image-3719.jpg

What would Billy Bob do?

Even without the back and forth voting over whether or not to treat broadband providers as common carriers Thursday's California Public Utilities Commission meeting offered an excellent discussion of net neutrality and the regulatory questions that surround it (assuming you're into that sort of thing, of course).

Helen Mickiewicz, th

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: , ,

Hope still flickers for thoughtful Internet policy at the FCC

image-3696.jpg

There might yet be an intellectual debate at the FCC about network neutrality. A debate on facts and philosophy, rather than a negotiation for spoils or a partisan punch up. Four commissioners – the entire FCC minus chair Tom Wheeler who did a solo turn earlier – had an hour-long conversation with new CTIA head (and former FCC commissioner) Meredith Baker at a standing room only session at the CTIA show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

When the talk turned to the FCC's current net neutrality proceeding, commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel put Exhibit A for an open Internet on the table: the new virtua

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,

FCC rural broadband experiments become 10% more cost effective in California

image-3710.jpg

Any Californian ISP that gets funding from the FCC to build out and operate an experimental rural broadband system can also get money from the California Advanced Services Fund. The California Public Utilities Commission yesterday approved a blanket 10% match of any federal funds an ISP might win via the FCC's program.

The hope is that the extra CASF subsidy will buy down the cost of pursuing those rural broadband experiments in California, making them more cost effective in the eyes of the FCC and giving them a competitive edge against proposals from ot

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: , ,

CPUC approves then pulls back endorsement of common carrier regulation for broadband

I come down strongly behind Title II, it’s the only thing that makes sense here.

It was high drama at today’s California Public Utilities Commission meeting in San Francisco, at least by the CPUC’s normally placid standards. Commissioners first voted 3 to 2 to tell the FCC that broadband infrastructure should be regulated under common carrier rules. About an hour later, after commissioners returned from a nominal five minute break that lasted somewhat longer, commissioner Carla Peterman asked to change her yes vote to abstain.

That put the commission’s debate on network neutrality policy on hold at least until its next meeting in October, which means missing next week’s deadline to officially file comments on the matter with the FCC. Assuming commissioners eventually come to a decision, they’ll put any recommendations they have in a less formal letter and send it to the FCC later.

read more

Posted in Business Tagged with: ,

FCC chair Wheeler confuses market competition with Beltway negotiation

America’s telecommunications lobbyist-in-chief showed up at the CTIA show this morning, full of sunny remarks and gentle chiding for the wireless industry. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who used to hold the top job at CTIA, was clearly coming home.

“It was ten years ago, ten years ago, that I last stood on this stage,” he said. He recalled that when he was up for confirmation of his current assignment, he told U.S. senators he hoped he was a pretty good representative of the mobile telecoms industry. But not anymore, he said with a smile.

read more

Posted in Business Tagged with: , ,

Setting the Vegas stage for a declaration of net neutrality victory

“Our goal in this proceeding is to establish the rules of the road for Internet openness that will provide certainty in the marketplace”, FCC chair Tom Wheeler told his former clients at the CTIA wireless show in Las Vegas on Tuesday. He was talking about network neutrality rules that he drafted and hundreds of thousands of people and organisations are commenting on now. Rules that set up a process for governing the Internet that will be anything but open and certain.

A key question for the mobile telecommunications industry is whether it will have to play by the same “rules of the road” as wireline providers. Right now, it doesn’t. Or at least it wouldn’t if version 1.0 of the network neutrality rules – written in 2010 and tossed out by a federal court earlier this year – was still in effect. Back then, the wireless industry successfully lobbied to be effectively exempt from restrictions on how last mile providers might or might not cut deals with content providers and third-party service platforms.

read more

Posted in Business Tagged with: , , ,

Transparent auction rules and a clear business proposition needed to get more mobile broadband spectrum says FCC commissioner

Finding new radio bandwidth for mobile broadband services and then figuring out how to pry it out of the hands of businesses and government agencies that don’t use it particularly well is a perpetual challenge for the FCC. Four commissioners – the whole bunch except for chair Tom Wheeler – took questions from CTIA president Meredith Baker at the CTIA show in Las Vegas this afternoon. Not surprisingly, given the venue, much of the hour-long session focused on moving twentieth century technologies and analog users off of spectrum, particularly in the coveted 600 MHz bands, to make way for twenty-first century digital services.

read more

Posted in Business Tagged with: , ,

Las Vegas mobile show struggles for the spotlight

image-3683.jpg

The rebooted CTIA mobile telecoms show is ramping up in Las Vegas today. It officially opens tomorrow, but pre-show activities and associated meetings – particularly the Competitive Carriers Association – are already underway.

This new version of the show is, among other things, a combination of the big, technology and business-focused CTIA springtime convention and its fall MobileCon conference, which was more about applications and services. But the market is crowded and both shows were faced with declining attendance. The Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona in February has become the go-to event in the mobile telecoms world, and much of the remaining oxygen has been inhaled by CES</a

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: ,

Recent posts

\n\nI\'m still getting my head wrapped around the concept of three million comments. That\'s how many individual bits of advice regarding net neutrality t...
\n\nThree bills with big implications for community broadband in California are still sitting on Governor Brown\'s desk, waiting for his approval or veto...
What would Billy Bob do?\n\nEven without the back and forth voting over whether or not to treat broadband providers as common carriers Thursday\'s Califo...
\n\nThere might yet be an intellectual debate at the FCC about network neutrality. A debate on facts and philosophy, rather than a negotiation for spoil...
\n\nAny Californian ISP that gets funding from the FCC to build out and operate an experimental rural broadband system can also get money from the Calif...
I come down strongly behind Title II, it\'s the only thing that makes sense here.\n\nIt was high drama at today\'s California Public Utilities Commission ...
\n\nAmerica\'s telecommunications lobbyist-in-chief showed up at the CTIA show this morning, full of sunny remarks and gentle chiding for the wireless in...
\n\n\"Our goal in this proceeding is to establish the rules of the road for Internet openness that will provide certainty in the marketplace\", FCC chair ...
\n\nFinding new radio bandwidth for mobile broadband services and then figuring out how to pry it out of the hands of businesses and government agencies...
\n\nThe rebooted CTIA mobile telecoms show is ramping up in Las Vegas today. It officially opens tomorrow, but pre-show activities and associated meetin...

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Simply add your email below. A confirmation email will be sent to you!

Find us on Facebook

Tweets

Check you Internet Connection Speed

Speedtest.net Mini requires at least version 8 of Flash. Please update your client.