FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, discusses the FCC's net neutrality proposal. Pai says the real problem is how to get more broadband infrastructure and investment in place.» Read More
The FCC's Media Bureau said Sinclair will divest the TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and give up the licenses of Allbritton stations in Birmingham, Alabama, and Charleston, South Carolina, delivering programming there through so-called multi-casting on the signal of stations Sinclair already owns.
For much of Tuesday, however, the database appeared to be down or unaccessible, which FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart attributed to an "overwhelming surge in traffic."
For much of Tuesday, however, the database appeared to be down or unaccessible, which FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart attributed to an "overwhelming surge in traffic." The proposal has attracted one of the biggest responses in FCC's history, and showcased the complicated and intense debate launched by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in April.
WASHINGTON, July 15- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday pushed back to July 18 the first deadline to submit comments on the agency's proposed new Internet traffic rules as a surge in traffic overwhelmed the agency's online filing system.
Etsy and Uber are among the small companies that rely on fast video streaming and are also against the FCC's net neutrality proposal.
Major Web companies urged federal regulators to restrict the ability of Internet providers to strike deals for faster delivery of content.
The Internet Association, which represents three dozen web companies such as Google Inc, Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc, made their case in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, which plans to establish new so-called "net neutrality" rules. In January, a court ruling struck down the FCC's previous version of such rules.
In a 3-2 vote, the FCC approved Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to phase out E-Rate spending on older technologies such as pagers, shift focus to high-speed Internet and commit $2 billion in the next two years to Wi-Fi, without raising the program's budget.
CTS Technology will face the largest fine in the FCC's history for marketing illegal devices that block phone calls and other radio signals.
The bicameral bill by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Representative Doris Matsui of California comes as the Federal Communications Commission is collecting public comments on new "net neutrality" rules.
WASHINGTON, June 15- A surge in mobile Internet usage has U.S. regulators considering whether to apply the same rules to fixed and wireless Internet traffic, and large technology firms are siding with consumer advocates to call for such a change.
WASHINGTON, June 13- U.S. regulators will review agreements between Netflix, Verizon, Comcast and other content and Internet providers to figure out whether they are causing slow web download speeds for some consumers, especially for streaming video content.
In his first major speech devoted fully to cybersecurity, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urged the private sector to "step up to assume new responsibility and market accountability for managing cyber risks" before the FCC weighs a regulatory approach to the problem.
Walter Piecyk, BTIG wireless research analyst, weighs in on consolidation in the media sector and whether the FCC could use deals to prompt competition in the industry.
Former FCC commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth, discusses how AT&T's purchase of DirecTV affects the cable landscape. Furchtgott-Roth says DirecTV, as a stand-alone company, does not make sense and it needs to find a home.
Despite all the hand-wringing about net neutrality, tech actually had a pretty good day in DC yesterday.
"What this rule does is prevent those with current low-band spectrum from monopolizing the market in the auction by assuring that some spectrum will be available for those with insufficient amounts of spectrum to serve rural areas and penetrate buildings," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has come under fire from consumer advocates and technology companies for proposing to allow some "commercially reasonable" deals in which content companies could pay broadband providers to prioritize traffic on their networks.
Commissioners expressed their misgivings, but have voted to go forward and accept public comment.
WASHINGTON, May 15- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 along party lines to formally propose new "net neutrality" rules that may let Internet service providers charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users.