AT&T Lobbies Over The Heads of FCC, Cabinet Officials

AT&T has filed FCC applications to acquire another competitor.  The FCC must decide whether the proposed license transfers are in the public interest .  The FCC has already found deficiencies in competition among nationwide wireless carriers in its latest report.  Recent Sprint deals with cash-poor Clearwire and spectrum starved non-operational start-up Lightsquared hardly alter the…

House Communications Subcommittee Expected To Register Disapproval of FCC's Rules To Ensure Customers' Open Internet Access

Months after the FCC’s December vote to approve the Open Internet Order we’re still talking about net neutrality. Nonstop. The House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing today on a resolution to express disapproval of the net neutrality rule and, at the hearing’s conclusion, immediately markup and vote…

House Communications Subcommittee Expected To Register Disapproval of FCC’s Rules To Ensure Customers’ Open Internet Access

Months after the FCC’s December vote to approve the Open Internet Order we’re still talking about net neutrality. Nonstop. The House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing today on a resolution to express disapproval of the net neutrality rule and, at the hearing’s conclusion, immediately markup and vote…

Internet Freedom Begins at Home

In the wake of the government ordered shutdown of Internet access in Egypt recently, Washington policymakers are debating various scenarios involving “regulation of the Internet.” The consensus seems to be that government should not be able to act as a gatekeeper or shut off Internet access. In the U.S., dominant private companies also have the ability and…

Lightsquared Announcement Disappoints CCIA, Wireless Users

The FCC has revoked Lightsquared’s waiver to operate its nationwide, satellite-based broadband network. The move comes after those trying to block the system lobbied against it claiming it would interfere with GPS traffic. CCIA and others hoping for more available spectrum and more wireless broadband competition are disappointed with this setback. Federal regulatory bureaucracy and…