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FCC votes IP Transition tests to ensure consumer services

FCC commissioners urged a focus on “enduring values” that must be preserved – and even improved – during the IP Transition, including: public safety communications; access to affordable communications; competition in the marketplace; and consumer protection. Read More »

Antitrust chief says a Sprint-T-Mobile merger would be “hard”

The highest U.S. antitrust official said, "it's going to be hard for someone to make a persuasive case that reducing four firms to three is actually going to improve competition for the benefit of American consumers.” Read More »

E-Rate scores big

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, “In the Internet age, every student in America should have access to state-of-the-art educational tools, which are increasingly interactive, individualized and bandwidth-intensive." Read More »

DOJ Signals Problems with Possible Sprint, T-Mobile deal

According to the Wall Street Journal, Justice Department officials told the Sprint executives "they would view an acquisition of rival T-Mobile U.S. with skepticism.” Read More »

Home Internet still eludes low-income Americans

According to the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, “Among (U.S.) households with incomes of $30,000 and less only 54% have access to broadband at home...” Read More »

CWA’s FCC filing asks that IP transition focus on jobs

CWA addressed the FCC on its upcoming IP Transition trials, stressing "... the importance of data collection regarding the employment impact." In other words, preserve jobs. Read More »

Cellphones not yet a substitute for landlines

According to The New York Times, when you call 911 on a cell phone, "... it could take another 20 to 25 seconds for the dispatcher to receive a second batch of data with the specific location... And there is always a bit of “fuzziness” associated with your exact location." Read More »

Net neutrality doomsday unlikely, says Netflix

Following the DC appeals court's net neutrality decision, Netflix predicted "... that ISPs will avoid [the] consumer-unfriendly path of discrimination" by limiting video streaming. Read More »

Sprint takeover of T-Mobile may hit regulatory wall

A Justice Department antitrust official told a conference that the U.S. "... often finds compelling evidence – including internal company documents – establishing that pre- merger competition between the merging firms was an important driver of innovation." Read More »

AT&T building out Austin’s higher speed U-verse

Already providing broadband service in Austin, Texas at up to 300 Mbps, AT&T plans to increase speeds to up to 1 gigabit per second later this year. Read More »

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