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May 28, 2010  2:04 PM

Congress to rewrite the Telecom Act? Not so fast, my friend

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Congress, legislation, regulation, Telecom Act, Telecommunications Act of 1996

If you listened to the media, you'd think Congress was about to rewrite the Telecom Act. To be sure, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is one of the...

May 10, 2010  5:55 PM

Verizon CEO eyes fiber-fueled future sans ‘voice-only’ service

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, fiber to the home, FiOS, FTTH, Ivan Seidenberg, mobile services, telecom networks, telecom service providers, Verizon, Verizon FiOS, wireless, wireline

Verizon CEO Ivan G. Seidenberg is no shrinking violet, as we all know. His recent comments on the company's plans suggest that Verizon is essentially dividing...

May 7, 2010  7:19 PM

Individual FCC comments on broadband may tell whole story

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, broadband access, FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, net neutrality, telecom service providers

The FCC today released a number of comments from individual commissioners on the regulation of broadband access. None of these statements represents a firm policy, which the FCC can develop only through a very specific public process, but together, they reflect the goals of the public process the...

May 7, 2010  7:18 PM

As expected, FCC moves to reclassify broadband as telco service

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, Regulations, telecom service providers, Wireless broadband, wireline

EDITOR'S NOTE: This entry was written on May 6, prior to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) releasing a number of commissioners' comments on regulating broadband...

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April 27, 2010  5:31 PM

CableLabs looks to exploit coax plant for broadband edge

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, cable, CableLabs, DSL

CableLabs, the “Bell Labs” of the cable industry, is looking at a project to further advance the exploiting of CATV cable for broadband delivery. This could be the...

April 26, 2010  1:50 PM

Reclassifying broadband could bring industry heat down on FCC

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, FCC, net neutrality, Regulations

FCC Commissioner Copps, who may be the chosen front-man for the concept of reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service, seems to be admitting the idea...

April 19, 2010  12:25 PM

BT/Orange broadband infrastructure deal — future indicator?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, ISPs, network outsourcing

A deal between Orange and BT may be the start of a wireline trend that, at least in Europe, could redefine broadband ISP services. Orange is outsourcing its own infrastructure to BT in return for...

March 18, 2010  6:46 PM

FCC’s free broadband speed test may tip disclosure requirement

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, broadband plan, broadband test, disclosure, FCC, Federal Communications Commission, jitter, latency

The FCC has posted a free broadband test page on its broadband plan site, hoping (we think) to both alert consumers to broadband speed scams and to get some direct information on just where fast Internet is -- and isn’t...

February 26, 2010  6:36 PM

Telstra’s government broadband tangle could backfire on users

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, regulation, Telstra

Telstra’s problems with the government and the government-owned NBN Company subsidy policy have taken a new and potentially ugly turn as the latest legislation proposes that the NBN...

February 24, 2010  2:30 PM

FCC broadband study measures U.S. adoption rates

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, FCC, regulation

An FCC study on broadband adoption seems to have gotten some of the numbers right. The study shows that about 78% of U.S. adults are Internet users, with about 6% getting dialup...

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