Posts Tagged ‘FCC’

Google denies deal with Verizon

Friday, August 6th, 2010

So I guess those stories from a couple of days ago were wrong then?

Search giant says there is no agreement allowing telecoms company Verizon to prioritise the order and speed in which it delivers content to users

Google has dismissed reports that the company is in talks with US telecoms operator Verizon that could bring an end to net neutrality.


Did Net Neutrality Just Get Knifed in The Back?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

This sure doesn’t sound like it will be good for the average internet user …

A long time ago, I offered to make a bet with a friend that when commercial interests would collide with the broader interests such as network neutrality, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google would do what any large company does: do what is right for its commercial interests. I should have made that bet. I would have won.


FCC To Propose Spending $400M to Connect Rural Docs

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

This is how the internet was supposed to work …

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to propose a new program to help rural doctors get access to broadband in hopes of improving patient care. At the meeting set for Thursday, the agency will propose that $400 million a year from the Universal Service Fund should go to linking doctors and hospitals to the Internet at speeds of at least 10 Mbps.


FCC expects 90 MHz of new wireless broadband spectrum to come from satellite licenses

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I hope they get this right; wireless broadband is the way of the future, but satellite will still be important too.

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced that its Spectrum Task Force expects up to 90MHz of spectrum to be freed up for wireless broadband by July in the commission’s strategy to unleash 500MHz by 2020.

“This initiative is an opportunity to make additional spectrum available for mobile broadband by promoting greater spectrum efficiency and flexibility,” said Julie Knapp, Co-Chair of the Task Force. “The Spectrum Task Force remains firmly committed to maintaining robust mobile satellite capability that serves important needs like disaster recovery and rural access. I am confident that we can achieve all of these goals and create a win-win solution.”


FCC opens up for public comment on its new third way to regulate the Internet

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

In many ways, it seems like the internet is better off without regulation … but since they’ll probably find a reason to regulate it anyway, maybe this “third way” might be the answer.

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Notice of Inquiry that begins the public process of comparing possible frameworks for broadband Internet regulation.

The Commission seeks comment on the following issues:


Why U.S. Tech Policy Needs Silicon Valley Input

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

This makes sense; US policy and law usually run a couple of years behind technology, so maybe some input from industry experts would help the government catch up with what the rest of us already know.

I just spent a year in D.C. working on tech policy as part of the White House staff and I am genuinely worried that the enormous economic impact of Silicon Valley’s edge and cloud companies isn’t adequately reflected in the policy debates taking place there. Given the extraordinary market power and plugged-in political clout of the few high-speed Internet access providers in this country, the Valley can no longer simply come up with tech solutions to get around what’s going on in Washington.


ATT Threatens FCC With Slowed U-Verse Deployment – Which is odd, given they slowed deployment already…

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

This is indeed very strange … but I bet AT&T gets its way in the end.

According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T is threatening to slow U-Verse investment if the FCC moves forward with their plans to partially reclassify broadband ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act. Of course threats of slowed investment are the norm for carriers trying to get Uncle Sam to do what they want — so this certainly isn’t particularly surprising. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson stayed fairly vague with the threat, but the message is clear:


FCC Starts Spectrum Scavenging Effort

Monday, June 7th, 2010

This seems like a worthy effort … but what happens after we fill up the LEO band?

The Federal Communications Commission released a public notice Friday that seeks input on allocating the 35 MHz spectrum currently used primarily by weather balloons and weather satellites for wireless broadband. The spectrum, which sits between 1675 and 1710 MHz, is known as the Big LEO band; using it would help achieve the goal outlined in the National Broadband Plan of finding 300 MHz for wireless broadband within the next five years.


FTC slaps keylogger spyware vendor on the wrist

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

With all of the trouble that keyloggers cause, you’d think that something a bit more harsh than a mere “slap on the wrist” would be warranted …

It’s settled: Cyber Spy will stop marketing its keystroke-logging software to the cloak-and-dagger wannabe crowd, or at least less obviously. The Florida-based company has made peace with the Federal Trade Commission, promising that it will no longer advertise its Remote Spy application as a “100% undetectable” way to “Spy on Anyone. From Anywhere.”

The government has “put the brakes on the business practices of an operation that was selling spyware and showing customers how to remotely install it on other people’s computers without their knowledge or consent,” the agency announced on Wednesday.


The FCC Wants You! (to Test Your Broadband Speed)

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

This sounds interesting … I’m not sure if I know what my maximum download speed is either.

The Federal Communications Commission today released results of a broadband survey which found that 80 percent of the 3,035 respondents don’t know the actual broadband speed to their homes, yet 91 percent are “very” or “somewhat” satisfied by the speeds. To that end, the FCC is continuing with previously announced plans to deploy hardware from SamKnows Ltd. that measures actual connection speeds in the homes of volunteers. The FCC is looking to mobilize an army of 10,000 recruits around the country — consumers can apply for admission to the test at a special website that’s now live.