The Open Wireless Movement and the push for alternative methods of internet access

Not too long ago, people were frantic about the FCC’s alleged promise to provide free WiFi to everyone. While this myth was quickly debunked, recent developments suggest that although the elusive promise of free WiFi everywhere currently remains unattainable, the way people access the Internet may look quite different in the foreseeable future. The Electronic…

CCIA Praises Wireless Legislation To Free Spectrum, Reduce “Last Mile” Access Congestion

Washington — Congress is hearing Americans’ complaints about wireless Internet access and some are calling for change with new legislation to improve spectrum use efficiency.  A new Senate bill joins other government initiatives aimed at freeing up underutilized spectrum blocks. While Internet access has become essential to Americans’ daily life and work, mobile access is…

Congress, FCC To Consider Halting Paid Prioritization of Internet Traffic Delivery To Preserve Open Internet

Washington – Important issues related to Internet interconnection practices and policies have arisen anew in both Congress and the FCC. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy offered legislation Tuesday aimed at halting a growing practice that has Open Internet advocates concerned — paid prioritization of Internet traffic delivery. The legislation would…

CCIA Welcomes Robust Open Internet Rules Approved by European Parliament

Brussels — Today the European Parliament voted on protections to the open Internet as part of a legislative package on telecommunications. This is the first phase in the process of adopting this legislation, as agreement must now be sought with Council. An open Internet requires that Internet service providers should treat equivalent types of Internet…

CCIA, CDT Encourage the European Parliament to Support Net Neutrality in Tomorrow’s Vote

Brussels – On 3rd April, the European Parliament will vote in Plenary on the ‘Telecoms Single Market Regulation’. We commend the work of the Parliamentary Committees that have issued opinions on the dossier. The Parliament has dealt with this wide-ranging and complex proposal effectively and efficiently. For tomorrow’s vote, a number of political groups have proposed amendments…

CCIA Supports STELA, But Not Anti-competitive Amendment On TV Set Top Boxes

Washington – The House Energy & Commerce Communications subcommittee will hold a hearing today to consider legislation from its chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., that would reauthorize a law setting the rules for satellite subscribers to access broadcast television. The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act expires at the end of this year. While there…