November 19, 2009  1:36 PM

FCC broadband analysis uncovers seven critical gaps



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, cell towers, FCC, Regulations

The FCC has jumped decisively into the broadband deployment issue with a number of new initiatives. In the “concrete” area, it issued a declaratory ruling to expedite the decisions on cell tower installation, removing what some operators characterized as...


September 22, 2009  2:15 PM

FCC net neutrality proposal confuses the issue



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, FCC, net neutrality, P2P, Quality of Service, Regulations

Reviewing FCC Chairman Genachowski’s comments on the net neutrality process, we find that there are a number of interesting points.

  • First, the FCC is indeed...


August 21, 2009  1:25 PM

FCC wireless market inquiries overdue, could affect spending



Posted by: Tom Nolle
4G, Broadband, FCC, Regulations, wireless

The FCC’s agenda for its August 27 meeting shows a commitment to a broad review of the wireless market, from its role in the national broadband policy to the state of competition and some wireless practices.

Both...


April 30, 2009  1:10 PM

EU telecom profits and spending trends



Posted by: Tom Nolle
capex, Deutsche Telekom, EU, France Telecom, recession, Regulations

France Telecom missed consensus but had decent results, particularly in contrast to Deutsche Telekom's miss earlier in the...


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...


April 7, 2009  6:18 PM

Wireless Internet: Should “net neutrality” apply?



Posted by: Tom Nolle
AT&T, FCC. wireless broadband, net neutrality, over-the-top, Regulations, Skype, smartphones

The FCC is being asked for a ruling on whether its net neutrality principles apply to wireless Internet. This step comes after AT&T limited the use of Skype on...


March 13, 2009  5:21 PM

25 years after the Bell breakup….price stability needed



Posted by: Tom Nolle
CLECs, Regulations, ROI

We’re 25 years out from the Modification of Final Judgment that broke up the Bell System, and there’s been a lot of recapitulation of that time. Not surprisingly, most of it’s not particularly insightful. The truth is...


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...


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