‘What’s Hot’ List: 4/10/15

‘What’s Hot’ List: 4/10/15

FCC collects millions in fines over 911 outage (The Hill’s Technology Policy Blog, 4/6/15) The Federal Communications Commission is continuing to collect fines from phone companies stemming from a 2014 outage that left millions of people without the ability to make 911 calls for six hours.

On Net Neutrality, Six Ways The FCC’s Public Utility Order Will Lose In Court (Larry Downes, Forbes, April 8, 2015)Now that the festivities celebrating the FCC’s “historic” Open Internet order have quieted down, the hangover is settling in for a long stay. The FCC is preparing to publish the new rules, along with dozens of other changes to its public utility regulations that go with its radical new Internet governance plan, perhaps as early as this week.

AT&T will pay $25 million after call-center workers sold customer data (Washington Post, Switch Blog, 4/8/15)AT&T has agreed to pay a $25 million fine for multiple data breaches that leaked hundreds of thousands of customer records, including names, phone numbers and some Social Security numbers. On at least three occasions, outsiders paid AT&T call center employees to provide them with sensitive customer information, according to the Federal Communications Commission, which announced the settlement Wednesday. The breaches occurred in AT&T’s foreign call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines.

Is this what net neutrality is really about? (The Hill’s Contributors Blog, 4/7/15) Recent congressional hearings held in the wake of the Federal Communication Commissions’s (FCC) net neutrality ruling provide a glimpse into what is so deeply wrong with this regulation, and why so many activist groups were behind it.

SDN service targets enterprise customers with scalable solutions (RCR Wireless, 4/7/15) AT&T said it has expanded its enterprise-focused Network on Demand service to more than 100 cities, allowing customers to manage their network needs in near real time. The platform, which was unveiled last year, relies on the carrier’s recent push into software-defined networking. The Ethernet-based service allows enterprise customers to order more ports, add or change services, scale bandwidth and manage services via an online portal. AT&T said those changes can be accomplished in minutes, allowing enterprises to more efficiently manage their network needs and cost structure.

NAB Commits to New River Front Home (Multichannel, 4/6/15) In advance of the National Association of Broadcasting show in Las Vegas next week, NAB announced it has a deal with a Washington developer to move its headquarters closer to Capitol Hill and the Federal Communications Commission building (as well as a baseball’s throw away from National’s Park).

The cable lobby is co-opting Netflix’s argument on net neutrality (The Washington Post Switch Blog, 4/7/15) Months ago, Netflix argued that it was paying an unfair fee to Internet providers just so that its videos could reach you and me unmolested. That claim wound up contributing to a key part of the federal government’s new net neutrality rules, which seek to prevent Internet providers from interfering with your Web traffic.

Comcast bankrolls organizations that support the Time Warner Cable merger (The Verge, 4/6/15) Comcast’s lobbying tentacles are legendary, reaching into Congress and state governments as the cable giant seeks approval for its Time Warner Cable merger. But a New York Times investigation out today suggests the apparatus goes further than anyone thought.

Paul vows to end NSA program if elected (The Hill, 4/7/15) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he would end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records on his first day in the White House if he is elected. “The president created this vast dragnet by executive order. And as president on day one, I would immediately end this unconstitutional surveillance,” he said in a Kentucky speech Tuesday announcing his presidential bid.

Comcast’s new Internet service is twice as fast as Google Fiber (Washington Post Switch Blog, 4/2/15) Some of the world’s fastest Internet speeds let you download an HD movie within 7 seconds. But next month, Atlanta will get access to Internet service from Comcast that will cut that time in half. Comcast announced on Thursday that it will soon begin offering a service capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second — that’s twice as fast as Google Fiber’s top speeds and 200 times what the average U.S. household currently gets. And, the company claims, it will soon be available to 1.5 million Atlanta residents.