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August 13, 2009  4:00 PM

Internet regulatory policy and the “middle mile”

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, FCC, middle-mile, regulation

The notion of a government-subsidized Internet is enormously appealing to many, and nearly everyone in the media, so it always gets a lot of hype. There are, in fact, some programs to provide broadband subsidies, ranging from the limited U.S. rural subsidy program to the incredibly ambitious...

July 7, 2009  12:03 PM

Carrier handset antitrust review threatens LTE capex

Posted by: Tom Nolle
FCC, handsets, iPhone, LTE, telecom capex, wireless

The Department of Justice (DoJ)is apparently opening an inquiry into competitive practices in the telecom industry, a move that’s been tried before but failed because of turf objections from the FCC and its congressional...

June 16, 2009  11:33 PM

Senate FCC hearings tied to open handset & broadband policy

Posted by: Tom Nolle
4G, FCC, mobile service, open handset poicy, ROI

Obama’s pick to chair the FCC starts his confirmation hearing today, and there’ll certainly be a lot of inane questions and evasive answers. The primary focus is likely to be the national broadband policy that’s on the FCC’s plate and is even to be featured as a topic in the next open...

June 5, 2009  6:37 PM

Broadband stimulus and the unsmart debate

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, broadband stimulus, FCC

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 82% of all Internet users were on broadband and that about 62% of those broadband users were on the Internet, as of 2007. The FCC says that broadband was available in over 99% of zipcodes at that same date.

That’s an interesting set of numbers...

April 9, 2009  1:50 PM

FCC’s national broadband plan: Inquiry process begins

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, FCC, national broadband plan, Regulations, universal access, Wireless broadband

The FCC has issued a Notice of Inquirymon developing a national broadband plan as required by Congress.

The NOI seeks comment on how to achieve universal access, how to...

April 8, 2009  1:41 PM

Government-sponsored broadband: Hard track record to overcome

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, broadband stimulus package, FCC, Regulations, WiFi, Wireless broadband

You’d think that municipal and state governments in the U.S. were drinking too much Fosters. Many of them are looking actively at applying for some of the broadband stimulus dollars to create government networks for their citizens, following the same model as Australia but on a smaller...

March 20, 2009  8:07 PM

US RBOCs: Just how open is open?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
broadband stimulus package, FCC, rural broadband, US RBOC

The US RBOCs are concerned about applying for aid under the broadband stimulus package because it may force them to open their networks to competitors. The provision in the rural broadband aid portion of the stimulus requires the grantees to adhere to FCC principles of open interconnection, but it...

February 4, 2009  1:29 PM

FCC could enter cable bandwidth management fray

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Comcast, Cox, DOCSIS 3.0, FCC, net neutrality, OTT, over-the-top, Regulations, VoIP

Comcast has, as we had predicted, asserted to the FCC that its voice service is not carried over the Internet or Internet access infrastructure, and is therefore neither subject to their traffic management policies nor to the FCC’s four principles of net neutrality.

They’re right, of...

January 29, 2009  2:49 PM

The Internet access traffic management flap, net neutrality and reality

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, Comcast, Cox, FCC, Google, net neutrality, regulation

Google is releasing a set of tools from its Measurement Lab that are intended to help consumers figure out if their ISPs are doing them wrong with traffic management. The new tools capitalize on the flap created by the Comcast-FCC war on bandwidth management policies.

At the same time,...

January 2, 2009  2:51 PM

FCC policies under Obama Administration

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, FCC, regulation, Regulations

January 2 2009: An Xchange Magazine interview of Democratic FCC commissioner Adelstein may offer some insight into what an Obama FCC would do. Adelstein does not sound like he favors returning to a wholesale/unbundled age (not that it would likely pass muster with the...

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