What’s Hot 02/11/2014

Why Pay for SkyPagers or Old Phones? (Huffington Post, 2/7/2014) According to Simmons, the IP transition is already underway, with “voice telephone calls represent[ing] only one percent of traffic carried over broadband networks.” Simmons explains that while “phone companies are investing tens of billions of dollars in high-speed broadband networks…it’s very tough to modernize quickly when money must still be diverted to old networks.”

@JohnHendel E-rate’s author, Sen. @MarkeyMemo, argues the program needs to now focus on faster speeds and Wi-Fi:http://ow.ly/trC7d

@JRosenworcel The importance of #accessforall: February 18th @FCC workshop on IP-based relay technologies:http://www.fcc.gov/events/consumer-and-governmental-affairs-bureau-announces-workshop-research-initiative-ip-based-rela ….

Industry and Congress Await the F.C.C. Chairman’s Next Moves on Internet Rules (nytimes.com, 02/10/2014) In his first 100 days as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler persuaded mobile phone companies to agree on rules about unlocking consumers’ phones, cemented an effort to increase the reliability of calls to 911, proposed tests to do away with old-fashioned telephone networks and freed $2 billion to connect schools and libraries to the Internet. Those were the easy tasks. In the coming days, the telecommunications, media and Internet industries will be watching to see how Mr. Wheeler responds to last month’s federal appeals court decision that invalidated the rules created by the F.C.C. in 2011 to maintain an open Internet.

Tech fears shadow campaign to seize global control of Internet (TheHill.com, 02/9/2014)
Fearing a power grab for control of the Internet, members of the tech industry are pleading with Congress to pay attention to the domain name expansion that is underway at a little-known nonprofit.

Modernized Telecom Policy Must Reflect That Change is the Only Constant (Roll Call, 2/7/2014) Eighteen years ago this month, when Congress last updated the regulation of telecommunications, it was both right on time and too soon.​