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Verizon Challenge FCC’s Net Neutrality Order in Federal Court

Posted in Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, DWT Advisory

Verizon just announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the federal D.C. Court of Appeals to challenge the FCC’s Net Neutrality Order that was adopted during the Commission’s December open meeting.  We have not yet seen the contents of the complaint, but Verizon’s brief press release is available here. For information about the FCC’s… Continue Reading

FCC Approves Comcast-NBCU Deal; Conditions Affect Online Video Programming and Affordable Broadband Commitments

Posted in Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment

UPDATE: DWT Advisory is now available! UPDATE: FCC has released the Memorandum Opinion and Order Today the FCC granted approval of the Comcast-NBCU transaction, with conditions and commitments, of course.   Although the order has not yet been released, according to the FCC’s press release, the approval requires Comcast-NBCU to "take affirmative steps to foster competition in the video… Continue Reading

DWT ADVISORY: FCC Releases Details on Net Neutrality Rules

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

 On Dec. 23, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Report and Order (R&O), and the text of the net neutrality rules it adopted on Dec. 21, 2010. The rules are summarized in our prior advisory, but the R&O contains many important details and nuances. (For the full text of the order, see Report and Order).   Transparency… Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules; Relies on Title I Ancillary Jurisdiction

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

This morning at its monthly open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission adopted net neutrality rules which largely adopt existing Internet traffic and management practices, impose new non-discrimination and transparency rules, but leave room for specialized or managed services and usage based billing. The order is notable for basing jurisdiction mostly on Title I and ancillary… Continue Reading

Notes on Chairman’s Open Internet Remarks – Rules Will Preserve Reasonable Network Management Practices; Distinguish Between Mobile and Fixed Broadband; No Reclassification of Broadband Services

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

Earlier today, Chairman Genachowski held a press conference to deliver his remarks on his proposed Open Internet rules, which are scheduled for vote at the FCC’s December 21 open meeting.  The Chairman prefaced his summary of the rules by noting that they are in principle rooted in policy statements of past "Republican" Chairmen Powell and… Continue Reading

FCC to Release Order on “Open Internet” Rules at December Meeting; Chairman To Discuss Issue Today at 10:30 am

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

Last night the FCC released its tentative agenda for its next open meeting to be held December 21.  Two items are scheduled for consideration, the first being an Order (not a rulemaking or inquiry) adopting Open Internet rules, also known as net neutrality.  The text summarizing the agenda item is as follows: Open Internet Order:… Continue Reading

GAO Releases Report on Broadband in Developed Countries; Finds Deployment Comparable to US But Adoption Rates Vary

Posted in Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment

On October 12, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released its report on the state of broadband in developed countries.  According to the report, the GAO was asked to address: The status of broadband deployment and adoption in developed countries, Actions selected countries have taken to increase deployment and adoption, and How recommendations in the National Broadband Plan… Continue Reading

FCC Proceeds with White Spaces Plan for Unlicensed “Super Wi-Fi” Service; Cable Operators Must File within 90 Days to Protect Certain Headends

Posted in Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum Initiatives

In adopting its Second Memorandum Opinion and Order during yesterday’s open meeting, the FCC is pressing forward with its plan to allow unlicensed fixed and mobile wireless devices to operate in unused parts of TV spectrum (the TV “white spaces”).  According to FCC Chairman Genachowski, this is the first significant block of spectrum made available for… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment On “Business Broadband Marketplace,” Signaling Potential Establishment of Competition Policies for Broadband Business Services

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

Today the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comments on what the FCC calls the “business broadband marketplace.”  While this comment cycle is not directly related to any current FCC proceeding (the docket number – WC Docket No. 10-188 – was only created yesterday), the magnitude of information sought hints at the establishment of future regulatory policies, if not… Continue Reading

Comment Dates Set for Further Inquiry of Open Internet Proceeding Regarding Managed Services and Wireless Broadband–Comments Due Oct 12; Replies Due Nov 4

Posted in Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Mobile Broadband

Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission announced that its recent Open Internet Public Notice, which seeks comment on two “under-developed issues” in the Open Internet Proceeding, was published in the Federal Register, thus setting the comment cycle for this public notice.  Comments are due October 12 and reply comments are due November 4. As we discussed earlier… Continue Reading

Further Inquiry in Open Internet Proceeding Focused on Managed Services and Wireless Broadband Practices; Pole Attachment Proceeding Replies Extended to October 4; Tentative Agenda Set for September Open Meeting Released

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

This week the Federal Communications Commission issued three important items related to the National Broadband Plan, and broadband services generally.  On September 1, the Commission issued a Public Notice to initiate a Further Inquiry Into Two Under-Developed Issues In The Open Internet Proceeding (GN Docket No. 09-191, and WC Docket No. 07-52).  The original Open Internet NPRM (which we discussed at length… Continue Reading

Reclassification NOI Update – Comment Dates Already Set

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

This morning the Federal Communications Commission held its monthly open meeting, this time to discuss the Commission’s proposed reclassification efforts for broadband services.  In a three-to-two vote (Commissioners McDowell and Baker dissented), the Notice of Inquiry was adopted, and will seek comment on three ways to regulate broadband – under the Commission’s Title I ancillary authority; under… Continue Reading

NOI on Broadband Reclassification Scheduled for Release at June 17 Open Meeting

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

This is a reminder that the FCC will hold its next open meeting on Thursday, June 17.  As we noted earlier, and as confirmed by the Commission’s recent Meeting Agenda released this past Friday, this open meeting is expected to be quite entertaining, as it is dedicated to discussing a Notice of Inquiry to initiate… Continue Reading

FCC Agenda for June Open Meeting Dedicated to…Reclassification of Broadband Services

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

The FCC has released its tentative agenda for its June 17, 2010 open meeting.  Unlike recent agendas for April and May, this one is written such that the June meeting will be dedicated to one, and only one, issue – the reclassification of broadband access service as a telecommunications service.*  According to the agenda, the Commission intends to adopt… Continue Reading

Opinion on the FCC’s Third Way Regulation of the Internet

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, DWT Advisory, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

In publicizing his decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service, FCC Chairman Genachowski took some pains to try to reassure the investment community that he was not making any sudden moves that should discourage broadband investment. But despite his efforts to try to limit the impact of his move, he has crossed… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Statement to Regulate Internet Networks Under Limited Title II Authority

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

Following reports yesterday that Chairman Genachowski was now prepared to assert FCC jurisdiction over the Internet, the FCC released the Chairman’s statement proposing a "third way" to regulate the Internet.  As anticipated by earlier reports, the Chairman’s statement reveals that the FCC would not seek to impose Title II on Internet services in its entirety.  Rather,… Continue Reading

Webcast of Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on the Broadband Plan Now Available

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

In case you missed it, the Senate Commerce Committee’s hearing with Chairman Genchowski on the Broadband Plan is now available on the Commerce Committee’s website.  The FCC has also released the Chairman’s prepared statement for the hearing.

FCC Announces Schedule of Broadband Plan Proceedings for 2010 and Beyond

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

Although the DC Circuit’s recent decision in Comcast v. FCC has raised significant questions concerning the Commission’s jurisdiction over Internet access (read the DWT Advisory on the case), the Commission has moved forward with releasing a comprehensive schedule that proposes over 60 proceedings, workshops and other efforts to implement the recommendations in the Broadband Plan. The schedule anticipates the release of… Continue Reading

Senate Commerce Committe Reschedules Broadband Plan Hearing for April 14, 2010

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has rescheduled its review of the National Broadband Plan to April 14, 2010.  This hearing was previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Currently, Chairman Genachowski is the only witness scheduled to appear.  More meeting information is available on the Commerce Committee’s website

FCC Releases Prepared Commissioner Statements for House Commerce Committee Hearing

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The FCC has made available the Chairman’s and the Commissioners’ prepared statements for the March 25 hearing before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. Chairman Genachowski Commissioner Copps Commissioner Clyburn Commissioner Baker Commissioner McDowell

Senate Commerce Committee Cancels Hearing on Broadband Plan

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

The Senate Commerce Committee cancelled its hearing on the National Broadband Plan, which was originally scheduled for March 23, most likely due to the healthcare debates.  Reports indicate that the Committee will try and reschedule before the Easter break. We will post the new date as soon as it is released.

DWT ADVISORY: Analysis of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, DWT Advisory, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

By Robert G. Scott, Jr. and James M. Smith On March 16, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) presented to Congress its long-anticipated National Broadband Plan, as mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”). Thirteen months in the making and weighing in at nearly 400 pages, “Connecting America: The… Continue Reading