In one of the most all-out offensives launched at the FCC's "Unlock the Box" set-top regulatory proposal, Comcast and the NCTA each filed searing reply commentary to the agency.
T-Mobile executives said last week that they believe they'll be able to deploy some of the 600 MHz spectrum they expect to pocket during this year's auction by the end of 2017. And CFO Braxton Carter told investors today that the carrier will also have handsets ready to support those airwaves.
In comments filed to the FCC, AT&T said the agency's proposed set-top regulations "bears no relationship" to mandates established by Section 629 of the Communications Act and is essentially a "radical unbundling scheme."
Yet another organization is backing zero-rated data offerings such as T-Mobile's Binge On, saying they benefit consumers and are unlikely to threaten an open internet. But whether they actually violate net neutrality principles-- and whether they're fair to all content providers-- is still unsettled.
Senator Orrin Hatch voiced concerns over the FCC's set-top box proposal, specifically about the proposal's potential to upend carefully negotiated licensing agreements between multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and content providers.
Jefferies analysts took issue with recent claims that Dish Network's spectrum holdings are over-valued, saying the mid-band airwaves are superior for supporting increasing data usage and ramping up capacity.
Some industry analysts have speculated that it may take several years before carriers can begin to deploy services on the 600 MHz airwaves that the FCC will put up for auction in the coming weeks. But T-Mobile executives think they may be able to begin to leverage that spectrum as early as 2017.
A group of Democratic lawmakers, including Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued a letter encouraging their colleagues to support the FCC's plan to allow pay-TV customers to purchase their own third-party set-tops instead of renting device.
BOSTON-- Watching the cable industry, led by its chief lobbyist and sympathetic Republican FCC commissioners, wail about what they're calling the "relentless government assault" on their business at INTX this week, I was reminded of the unwitting driver who asks the small-town sheriff why he was just pulled over.
As expected, Google and Federated Wireless threw their hats into the FCC's Spectrum Access System (SAS) ring, joining several other entities in the aim to provide spectrum sharing capabilities for the 3.5 GHz band.