‘What’s Hot’ List: 2/06/15

Verizon Wireless will let customers opt out of ‘supercookie’ tracking code (The Washington Post, Switch Blog, 2/02/15) The FCC is moving to preempt state broadband limits. “Federal regulators are moving ahead with a proposal to help two cities fighting with their state governments over the ability to build public alternatives to large Internet providers,” reports the Switch’s Brian Fung.

It’s on! FCC plans strong net neutrality for mobile and broadband (Gigaom Blog, 2/2/15) The Federal Communications Commission plans to reclassify broadband internet providers so they can’t favor some websites over others, which is the outcome that has been urged by net neutrality advocates, and which would amount to a victory for the open internet.

In Net Neutrality Push, F.C.C. Is Expected to Propose Regulating Internet Service as a Utility (New York Times, 2/02/2015)The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission this week is widely expected to propose regulating Internet service like a public utility, a move certain to unleash another round of intense debate and lobbying about how to ensure so-called net neutrality, or an open Internet.

Verizon reportedly selling off old wires to focus more on wireless (Ars Technica Blog, 2/2/15) Verizon is reportedly close to selling off parts of its wireline network and some cell towers in a series of deals totaling more than $10 billion, helping the company fund spectrum license purchases that will boost its wireless business.

Cue the Lawsuits: FCC Moving to Block State Broadband Laws (Recode Blog, 2/2/15) Federal officials are moving forward to preempt laws in two states that limit the ability of local officials to build broadband networks, a long-expected move that will likely spark a fight with state lawmakers.

Voice-Over-WiFi Set For A Surge (Multichannel, 2/03/2015) In findings that bode well for cable’s WiFi strategies and a new WiFi-only phone service from Cablevision Systems, Cisco Systems’ latest mobile broadband sydy predicts that Voice-Over-WiFi traffic will exceed Voice-over-LTE traffic by 2017. That study, the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global  Data Traffic Forecast Update (2014-2019), sees VoWiFi traffic reaching 10.8 petabytes per year by 2017, outpacing VoLTE’s 10.7 PB per year. VoWiFi traffic appears poised to hit 30 PB per year by 2019.

The FCC chair’s Internet pivot: Tom Wheeler is poised to propose some of the toughest rules possible (Politico, 2/2/2015) Tom Wheeler was feeling the heat. It was August and the head of the Federal Communications Commission was sitting on the deck of his family’s vacation home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Sweat dripped onto the paperwork before him. For months, the tall, bespectacled Wheeler had been consumed by an arcane but important debate over how to regulate the companies that provide access to the Internet.

Q&A: AAAS’ Matt Hourihan (Roll Call, TechnoCrat Blog, 2/3/2015) President Barack Obama recently released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, and Technocrat chatted with Matt Hourihan of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences about some science and research issues proposed in previous budgets that have and haven’t been embraced by lawmakers.)

TWC Opens New National Data Center (Multichannel, 2/03/2015) Time Warner Cable took to its corporate blog to announce the grand opening of its new National Data Center in Centennial, Colo., a facility that complements TWC’s data center in Charlotte, N.C. TWC opened National Data Center East in 2012, and following the completion of National Data Center West in December, brought it online over the weekend, TWC integrated communications manager Ryan Kelly noted in this blog post.

Voice-Over-WiFi Set For A Surge (Multichannel, 2/03/2015) In findings that bode well for cable’s WiFi strategies and a new WiFi-only phone service from Cablevision Systems, Cisco Systems’ latest mobile broadband sydy predicts that Voice-Over-WiFi traffic will exceed Voice-over-LTE traffic by 2017. That study, the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global  Data Traffic Forecast Update (2014-2019), sees VoWiFi traffic reaching 10.8 petabytes per year by 2017, outpacing VoLTE’s 10.7 PB per year. VoWiFi traffic appears poised to hit 30 PB per year by 2019.