Midwestern broadband experiments get most of the love from the FCC

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No mountains or trees to get in the way of the view. Or the broadband.

Six Internet service providers have been given the green light by the Federal Communications Commission to move ahead with a total of 15 projects in its rural broadband experiments program. All together, the projects will receive $12.6 million in subsidies over ten years to serve areas that lack 3 Mbps down/768 Kbps up service.

As with most federal broadband su

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Comcast discloses attempt at one-on-one back room negotiations in California

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You call those suits?

As it said it wanted to do, Comcast did in fact try to bargain directly with the commissioner assigned to handle the California Public Utilities Commission's review of its bid to take over Time Warner and Charter cable systems in California. In a disclosure filing that was made public last week, Comcast detailed how a posse of its suits met with commissioner Carla Peterman and two aides for an hour – twice the time originally expected – in March to det

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A new cable mega-deal for Charter and Time Warner

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I said I'd pull myself back together.

Now it's Charter Communications' turn to try to buy Time Warner Cable. The latest mega deal would have Charter hanging onto its deal to buy Bright House, and paying $57 billion for Time Warner's cable systems and 15 million subscribers. If successful, it would make Charter the second largest cable company in the U.S. and the largest in California.

Federal Commun

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Frontier tells CPUC to stay away from broadband issues

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Don't go there.

Frontier Communications and Verizon are trying to make the same argument that Comcast made, and lost, when it tried to restrict the California Public Utilities Commission's review of its proposed mega-merger to some very narrow, telephone-centric considerations.

In this case, Frontier wants to buy out Verizon's wireline systems in California. The CPUC's office of ratepayer advocates is urging the commission to decide if that's in the public interest, in part, on whe

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FCC’s unwritten privacy rules will have an equally ill-defined effect on Internet business

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We can hope.

Your Internet service provider collects a lot of information about you and they use some of it for marketing purposes. AT&T is getting particularly aggressive about doing so, offering a discount on its GigaWeasel service to customers who agree to let it watch what they're watching, and target ads accordingly..

Assuming that the Federal Communication Commission's new, common carrier Internet regulations go into effect next month, the restrictions on what ISPs can do wi

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FCC issues Catch-222 advisory

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I'm glad we had this chat.

In case you were still wondering, the Federal Communications Commission's decision to bring Internet service and infrastructure under common carrier regulation was not simply about whether Comcast can block you from watching Netflix. As a statement from the FCC's enforcement bureau emphasises, there are a lot of other rules involved, particularly those that deal with how Internet service providers use and/or safeguard information about you.

Except, no one, not even the FCC enforcement bureau, knows what those rules are. So, it's helpfully offering to review any consumer privacy policies that ISPs have in place an

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Another day, another cable deal in California

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Altice, a European cable company with roots in France and headquarters in business-friendly Luxembourg, is buying 70% of Suddenlink for $9.1 billion. The announcement follows news that Charter is still intent on acquiring Bright House Networks.

Both Charter and Altice are considered possible candidates to buy Time-Warner, which would be a much bigger play than either Suddenlink or Bright House. Comments released by Suddenlink's CEO, J

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Charter pushes ahead with bid to expand California footprint via Bright House purchase

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Not dead yet.

Well, the deal lives. Charter Communications is still in the hunt to take over Bright House Networks. Reuters reported that the deal was off, following the crash of the Comcast-Time Warner-Charter mega-merger. But if anything was actually broken in the first place, it's now been fixed, according to a press release from Charter...

The companies remain committed to completing their previously announced transaction on

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Verizon tries to leave California before anyone finds out how bad its network is

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Vanishing point.

The California Public Utilities Commission doesn't need facts, it just needs to wave good bye and assume Frontier Communications will pick up the crumbling pieces of Verizon's copper network. That's what Verizon is claiming, anyway, in comments filed with the CPUC, endorsing a proposal by commission president Michael Picker to spike a technical evaluation of the condition of Verizon's and AT&T's decaying copper networks.

The [<a href="http://www.tellusventure.com/downloads/cp

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FCC muni broadband preemption challenged by North Carolina

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Now, go home.

North Carolina is joining Tennessee, sorta, in challenging a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to negate laws in the two states that put tight restrictions on municipal broadband enterprises. Last week, North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper asked a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia to throw out the preemption, <a href="http://www.tellusventure.com/downloads/fcc/north_carolina_petition_for_review_muni_broadband_11may2015_petition_only.pdf

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No mountains or trees to get in the way of the view. Or the broadband.\n\nSix Internet service providers have been given the green light by the Federal ...
You call those suits?\n\nAs it said it wanted to do, Comcast did in fact try to bargain directly with the commissioner assigned to handle the California...
I said I\'d pull myself back together.\n\nNow it\'s Charter Communications\' turn to try to buy Time Warner Cable. The latest mega deal would have Charter ...
Don\'t go there.\n\nFrontier Communications and Verizon are trying to make the same argument that Comcast made, and lost, when it tried to restrict the C...
We can hope.\n\nYour Internet service provider collects a lot of information about you and they use some of it for marketing purposes. AT&T is getti...
I\'m glad we had this chat.\n\nIn case you were still wondering, the Federal Communications Commission\'s decision to bring Internet service and infrastru...
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Vanishing point.\n\nThe California Public Utilities Commission doesn\'t need facts, it just needs to wave good bye and assume Frontier Communications wil...
Now, go home.\n\nNorth Carolina is joining Tennessee, sorta, in challenging a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to negate laws in the tw...

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