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Posted in: FTC, privacy
Date: 05.24.2016
  Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez expressed concern today that her agency has lost part of its jurisdiction over internet privacy. Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began regulating 21st century broadband internet access services as common carriage – public utility regulation that has its...
Posted in: BDS, broadband deployment, broadband investment, Business Data Services, CLEC, competition, FCC, ILECs, infrastructure, special access
Date: 05.23.2016
By now, we all have heard Chairman Wheeler’s oft-repeated mantra of “competition, competition, competition” when talking about the commission’s charge. We all agree that real competition is good, especially for consumers. The good news is that the Business Data Services (BDS) Further Notice moves the special access ball...
Posted in: CLEC, competition, FCC, ILECs, USTelecom comments , VoIP
Date: 05.16.2016
The numerous options for voice communications gives consumers many alternatives to the once-ubiquitous landline phone, which is now used as the sole phone service option by less than10 percent of the country. Yet despite this changed technology landscape, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been slow to lift regulations on companies...
Posted in: broadband service providers, business broadband, cable, consumers, video, video providers
Date: 05.13.2016
Verizon’s FiOS and AT&T’s U-Verse are making significant subscribership gains, according to a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report. Overall, telecom video services gained 1.4 million subscribers in 2014, while cable subscribership dipped slightly and direct broadcast satellite subscriptions remained about the same,...
Posted in: privacy
Date: 05.11.2016
Internet service providers, fixed, and wireless have strong incentives to safeguard their customers’ personal data, said a letter signed by USTelecom and several other associations sent to leaders of the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. “As the FCC itself noted in its March 31 Notice of...
Posted in: consumers, Tech Transition, USTelecom comments , wireless
Date: 05.11.2016
Small companies will not be harmed by a change in vendors in the contract for phone number porting, which enables consumers to keep their phone numbers when they switch carriers, USTelecom told the Federal Communications Commission. USTelecom continues to view the contract’s transition to Telcordia as a “positive change for companies...
Posted in: Internet, social media
Date: 05.10.2016
Shaming is a longstanding method of social regulation that has taken on a new life since the advent of the internet and social media. The motives, approaches and outcomes of social shaming in the online arena are wide-ranging. Sometimes incendiary online commentary resembles a modern version of mob justice – causing an individual to...
Posted in: broadband deployment, infrastructure, network management
Date: 05.05.2016
The OpenStack Summit in Austin is a barometer of just how far the company has come – growing from 75 attendees in 2010 to more than 7,500 participants from 62 countries in 2016. OpenStack, an open source software company enabling private and public clouds, recently reached a “tipping point,” according to Forbes commentary on the...
Posted in: set-top box
Date: 05.05.2016
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to regulate the cable TV set-top box market is drawing bipartisan concern from congressional lawmakers. Over 60 members of the House are worried the agency’s plan could potentially hurt small and rural broadband service providers, lead to copyright violations, and promote the...
Posted in: reports and studies, telecommuting
Date: 05.03.2016
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer ignited a fierce debate when she banned telecommuting from the company, citing the need for greater workplace collaboration to spark innovation. Some companies, like Best Buy, followed suit, terminating their work-from-home policy, while others remained favorable to employees’ working remotely. In the years since...