FindMe911.org Several weeks ago, the Find Me 911 Coalition found data given to the FCC which shows that 9 out of 10 wireless 911 calls made in Washington, D.C. in the first half of 2013 were done so without the proper location information needed for first responders. According to the data, which was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Find Me 911 Coalition, a public interest group, only 10.3 percent of the wireless calls made to the D.C. Office of Unified Communications from December 2012 to July 2013 included the latitude-longitude needed to find a caller. Of…
MotherJones Yesterday was supposed to be the end of the first round of public comments on the upcoming network neutrality rules. Due to the massive number of comments submitted, the FCC’s website was not able to handle the surge of last minute comments. As of Tuesday, there were about nearly 800,000 comments and counting. Because of the FCC site going down, the deadline for the first round of comments has been extended to Friday.The FCC has stated that they will field another round of public input in September before the rules get finalized. VentureBreak Even with such a high number of overall comments, this…
In a report from Moffett Nathanson, he notes that any change of definition will ‘skew’ penetration statistics due to a significantly drop in the number of people who have what is deemed as broadband under the new definition (due to so many having slow DSL connections or worse).
The National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) is the cable industry’s biggest lobbying organization. When the former FCC boss Michael Powell is the current head of the NCTA and the former NCTA boss Tom Wheeler currently runs the FCC, it is not hard to see why they have so much influence in the telecom industry.
Yet, back in 2012, AT&T blocked Apple’s Facetime over cellular connections unless users signed up for one of their shared data plans. In May of 2013, AT&T blocked Google Hangouts over cellular connections barring a shared data plan. The same goes for Skype.
In 2009, Sprint admitted to Do Not Call violations but claimed that they were due to an “equipment malfunction.” In 2011, Sprint paid $400,000 to the FCC due to additional Do Not Call registry complaints. Then in 2012, Sprint reported even more violations due to “human error and technical malfunctions.”
BGR The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor of advancing a proposal that would allow for broadband providers to charge additional amounts towards companies that wish to be given access at faster speeds. “The plan, approved in a three-to-two vote along party lines, could unleash a new economy on the Web where an Internet service provider such as Verizon would charge a Web site such as Netflix for the guarantee of flawless video streaming. Smaller companies that can’t afford to pay for faster delivery would likely face additional obstacles against bigger rivals. And consumers could see…
A total of 145 companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, DropBox, and Yahoo issued a joint statement to FCC boss Tom Wheeler for his proposal to protect network neutrality by destroying it. The letter is not only signed by more than 100 Internet companies but also by two of five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission. In the letter, the companies take issue with Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to regulate broadband providers
Verizon has decided to follow in AT&T’s footsteps and stamp its feet about the restrictions that the FCC is going to put in place to save some chunks of spectrum for smaller operators. Verizon used similar arguments as AT&T by stating that the rules limiting hoarding by the companies with the deepest pockets was “perverse and unjust” and “subsidizing.”
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is about to give Internet Service Providers the ability to charge content companies more for access that people should have already had. The proposal, scheduled for a vote by the FCC on May 15, is a homicide of net neutrality.