While Democratic lawmakers helped get the ball rolling for the FCC to propose new rules to break up the pay-TV set-top leasing business, the party is hardly in lock step on the issue.
Frontier Communications is confident that when the FCC completes its analysis of the special access and local Ethernet markets, the regulator will find that the market is competitive and businesses have a bevy of service options.
Verizon is facing new accusations from the CWA and two consumer advocacy groups which claim that the telco continues to threaten to cut off service to DSL and legacy voice customers unless they switch to fiber.
Sprint said it will merge its Assurance Wireless brand with Access Wireless in a tie-up of Lifeline service providers.
While everyone pretty much agrees that releasing more spectrum is good, the experimental nature the FCC is taking with the 3.5 GHz band isn't making all wireless carriers jump with joy. In fact, CTIA says the FCC failed to put into place appropriate incentives and protections for licensed users and risks undermining the success of its spectrum sharing model.
Shentel's wireline network success in the first quarter, which contributed to the provider's net income rise of 35 percent year over year to $13.9 million, was driven by fiber sales to schools via the FCC's E-Rate program and to wireless operators in its region.
The incentive auction of prized 600 MHz spectrum still faces some major challenges, but the FCC is clearly off to a good start.
The FCC today announced it will be able to offer a whopping 126 MHz, or 10 paired blocks, of licensed spectrum on a near-nationwide basis in the forward portion of its 600 MHz incentive auction. That's a huge victory for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and it potentially creates an opening for a new wireless carrier to launch in the United States.
A divided FCC voted to move forward with reforms of so-called "special access" lines, marking a big win for T-Mobile and Sprint and perhaps forestalling price hikes as 5G networks eventually come online.
Having had a chance to review the conditions agreed to by Charter Communications in exchange for FCC approval of its Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks purchases, media investment analyst Craig Moffett has deemed them livable.