What’s Hot List 10/9/15

Net neutrality on chopping block as Democrats fight to save FCC’s rules (ARS Technica)

Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) today said they will try to preserve the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules in a budget standoff with Republicans.

A Republican budget proposal that came out in June would prevent the FCC from enforcing its net neutrality rules until Internet providers who are suing the commission have exhausted all their legal options.

NCTA: No Need for Another FCC Video Mandate (Multichannel) 

Reiterating its view, the NCTA urged the FCC to reject calls to create new technology mandate aimed at bringing pay TV programming to retail devices, noting that the “apps revolution” has brought pay TV services to twice as many consumer video devices as there are set-top boxes currently in use.

Charter’s TWC deal faces 1 Gig requirement from New York regulators (Fierce Telecom)

Charter Communications’ (NASDAQ: CHTR) proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) could be facing a new catch in New York State as regulators have suggested that the cable MSO should build out 1 Gbps-capable last mile networks.

The Hidden Cost of Internet Connection: Will the FCC Intervene? (Huffington Post)

As we head into campaign season, we can expect to hear many promises about job creation and economic growth. But as voters decide who to support, the FCC is facing several decisions that would impact how competitive the broadband market can be in the future — which impacts everything from how much consumers pay to whether new innovative companies can indeed start up and create jobs.

AT&T gets waiver from FCC, will move ahead with Wi-Fi calling launch (Fierce Wireless)

AT&T (NYSE: T) received a waiver from the FCC on its rules for the hearing impaired that it said were prohibiting it from offering Wi-Fi calling services. However, it’s unclear how soon AT&T will enable Wi-Fi calling on the iPhone and other devices.

Facebook’s Internet.org Doesn’t Violate Fairness Principle, Zuckerberg Says (Wall Street Journal) 

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook Inc.’sFB +0.08% push to introduce billions of people to the Internet, saying that achieving universal Web access is one of the “fundamental challenges of our generation.”

Facebook has faced criticism for its Internet.org initiative, which is trying to extend Web access in emerging markets partly through a bare-bones mobile app. In response to the controversy, the social network recently renamed the app “Free Basics,” from “Internet.org.”

Updated: Dish exec says company may participate in the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction (Fierce Wireless)

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — A Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) executive said the satellite firm may participate in the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction and is currently evaluating its options. She also said that FCC’s recent decision to deny $3.33 billion in discounts to two Dish affiliates that won spectrum in the AWS-3 auction will not impact Dish’s eligibility to participate in the upcoming incentive auction.