‘What’s Hot” List: 8/28/15

Does The Tumble In Broadband Investment Spell Doom For The FCC’s Open Internet Order? (Forbes 8/25)

They said it wouldn’t happen. They offered assurances from three Wall Street analysts, who insisted that Internet service providers (ISPs) would continue to invest at the same levels regardless of the regulatory climate.

When it issued its Open Internet Order in February of this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) never counted on its prediction being falsified before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit would rule on the legality of the agency’s net neutrality rules. But then came the second quarter S.E.C. filings of the largest ISPs. And the news was grim.

Entner: Hot Summer of Competition Creates Lower Prices, Expanded Options, and Eliminated Borders (Fierce Wireless 8/24)

T-Mobile threw down the gauntlet this summer with its new Mobile without Borders plan, pre-empting and expanding on AT&T’s plan to make the US and Mexico one calling area. Within a few weeks the rest of the industry adjusted their price plans, highlighting the very fluid and dynamic competitive situation in the wireless industry.


Why Comcast may be poised to win the Internet speed race (The Washington Post’s The Switch Blog)

Comcast said this week that it’s planning to roll out a next-generation cable technology allowing it to compete at the same speeds as Google Fiber — 1 gigabit per second. That’s very good news for Internet users in the short term, if it pans out. Within three years, and possibly two, virtually all of Comcast’s 22 million broadband subscribers could be gigabit-enabled, according to the company. The only catch? You’ll have to swap out your cable modem for a new one that supports that extra speed (and probably pay a pretty penny for the service).

FCC Commissioner pushes next-gen 911(RCR Wireless News 8/25)

FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler is not happy with the progress toward deploying America’s next generation 911 system. In a speech to the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials conference last week, the Federal Communications Commission chairman called the implementation “too slow and too ragged.” Wheeler called on Congress to help accelerate the process by passing legislation that would provide the FCC with additional funding and legal authority, and to help facilitate a smoother transition to a nationwide next generation 911 network.

CISA Debate Heats Up As Congressional Recess Winds Down (Inside Sources 8/21)

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) — the private-public data-sharing bill dividing lawmakers, tech companies and civil liberties groups all summer — gained powerful supporters and detractors this week, as Congress prepares to renew debate on the bill following its August recess.

USTelecom, one of the broadband industry’s biggest lobbying firms and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the digital civil liberties group behind a number of lawsuits filed against the federal government over mass surveillance, are two of the biggest groups to make new arguments for and against CISA this week.


Appeals Court: FTC Has Authority To Police Corporate Cybersecurity (Forbes 8/24/2015)

In a 3-0 decision, the Third United States Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that the Federal Trade Commission has the power to go after corporations for failing to take adequate measures to protect customer information from data breaches.


Vonage says direct number rules will help accelerate VoIP interconnection (Fierce Telecom 8/21)

Vonage said it agrees with the FCC’s recent move to adopt direct numbering rights to interconnected VoIP providers. By providing direct access to numbers, Vonage and other competitive VoIP providers will be able more effectively interconnect with other carriers and accelerate service delivery to consumer and business customers.

NAB to FCC: Exclusivity rules protect local TV from cable behemoths (Katy on the Hill Blog 8/18)

The National Association of Broadcasters is telling the Federal Communications Commission that the broadcast exclusivity rules that agency is proposing to eliminate “are more essential than ever” to counter growing consolidation in the pay TV market.