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Hook Me Up: Established and Start-up Competitive Providers Find Common Ground Discussing Broadband Deployment Issues

Consumers today expect high-speed access to content, anytime, anywhere.  We often take for granted the ability to leave home, head to work, and travel to many cities, or even across the country, without losing the ability to access high-speed Internet service.  But in many cities, there is only one provider offering broadband Internet, and for

Sixth Circuit to Hear Oral Argument in Challenge to Municipal Broadband Rules

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral argument for March 17, 2016, in an important case regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) ability to preempt state laws that place restrictions on local municipalities’ ability to provide their own broadband networks.  Today, 20 states limit the ability of local governmental agencies, such as utilities

Broadband Tops the List of Telecom Budget Priorities for 2015

If the budgets released by the two major U.S. telecommunications regulators are any indication, 2015 promises major reform of the $8.7 billion Universal Service Fund (“USF”) and an even greater focus on making more spectrum available for broadband use. The largest requests by both the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Seven Legacies of the Genachowski Era: Part Two of Two

In Part One, we discussed four achievements that may come to define current Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Julius Genachowski’s legacy. Those achievements include Genachowski’s efforts to modernize the creaky $8 billion Universal Service Fund, his close scrutiny of competition-related transactions, including his decision to take the rare step of blocking the AT&T-T-Mobile transaction,

Court of Appeals Affirms FCC’s Pole Attachment Decision

Yesterday, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously upheld the key prongs of the FCC’s dramatic shift in its interpretation of the Federal Pole Attachment Act.  The Commission’s new interpretations for the first time gave ILECs access to the FCC to resolve their disputes with electric

President’s Advisory Council Proposes Shared-Use Spectrum Superhighways

In its new Report on Realizing the Full potential of Government-Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (Council) has proposed that the Federal government share spectrum with commercial users in spectrum superhighways instead of attempting to clear and reallocate spectrum for exclusive commercial use.  The Council contends

FCC Report Finds that U.S. Wireline Broadband Networks are as Fast and Good as Advertised

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its second annual Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S. (Report).  Chock full of jargon, “net-speak,” and charts and figures galore (38 of them), the 54-page report is remarkably readable and informative. The tests conducted in April 2012 (by the UK-based firm SamKnows) were intended to gauge

FCC Proposes Changes on How to Pay for Universal Service as Program Shifts to Broadband

How telephone companies and others contribute to the multi-billion dollar Universal Service Fund (“USF”) is going to change, and comments regarding the proposed new rules are due by July 9, 2012.  The FCC proposed changes that could expand the pool of services that have to contribute to USF, which subsidizes communications services for high-cost rural