John Eggerton

AT&T Targeted Over Alleged Broadband Redlining in Cleveland

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T is being targeted with a lawsuit following accusations of broadband digital redlining. Attorney Daryl D. Parks (he represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown) of Florida law firm Parks & Crump and attorney Walter Madison from Akron (OH) are representing families in Cleveland (OH) who allege they have been "severely impacted" by a lack of connectivity and want a meeting with AT&T top brass to talk about it.

Pai to Congress: Set-Top Docket to Remain Open

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has told Congress he does not plan to close the set-top box docket, but signaled that was because it could still have some deregulatory legs.

Sen Markey Gets Some Massachusetts Tech Support for Internet Fight

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) said Massachusetts tech leaders, including Microsoft, were pledging to join his fight to protect network neutrality.

FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

All three commissioners were in attendance April 21 as the Federal Communications Commission hosted the first meeting of the newly constituted Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, created by FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

European Union Has Issues with FCC's Business Data Services Proposal

Location:
European Union, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

Add the European Union (EU) to those raising red flags over the Federal Communications Commission's planned April 20 vote on a broadband business data services deregulation order proposed by new FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

FCC's Clyburn: I Still Have Work to Do

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission signaled she was not heading for the exit in June. That came in a post-FCC meeting interview in which she sang her answer to the question of whether she would be leaving after June 30.

Reps Pelosi, Pallone Urge Chairman Pai to Ditch UHF Discount's Return

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined with Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to try and head off the reinstating of the UHF discount, saying its return by the Federal Communications Commission would be using a "blunt, illogical and anti-consumer instrument" to re-open a loophole to further consolidation.

Attorneys Take Aim at FCC's Main Studio Rule

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Telecommunication lawyers have petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate the rule that broadcasters have a main studio located in their community of license.

Spectrum Auction Guru Gary Epstein Exiting FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

With the close of the Federal Communications Commission broadcast incentive auction the week of April 10, FCC Incentive Auction Task Force chairman Gary Epstein will be exiting at the end of April.

[UPDATED] Former FCC Commissioner McDowell Joins Mobile Future

Location:
Mobile Future, 1325 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States
Recommendation:
3

Former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission Robert McDowell has joined Mobile Future as chief public policy advisor.

Sen Markey, Rep Doyle Call for Business Data Services Vote Delay

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Add to the list of those calling for a delay in the Federal Communications Commission's April 20 vote on deregulating broadband business data services (BDS) Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) and House Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA).

LPTV Coalition Vows Legal Problems for Repack

Location:
LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition, 600 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Low-Power Television (LPTV) Spectrum Rights Coalition has declared legal war on the Federal Communications Commission's post broadcast incentive auction repack.

Noncommercial TV Stations: FCC's Post-Auction Repack Threatens Debilitating Disruptions

Location:
American Public Television, 55 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02110, United States
Recommendation:
3

Noncommercial TV stations were some of the biggest winners in the Federal Communications Commission's broadcast incentive auction, but associations representing noncommercial media are more focused on everyone else and what they said are "potentially debilitating service interruptions."

Rep Eshoo to FCC’s Pai: Don't Reinstate UHF Discount or Raise Cap

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA), former chair of the House Communications Subcommittee, says she has serious concerns about Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to reinstate the UHF discount.

Former FCC Official Roy Stewart Dies

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Roy Stewart, 78, former chief of the Federal Communications Commission's then-Mass Media Bureau and subsequently of the Office of Broadcast License Policy, died April 10 at Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax (VA) after what was described as a brief illness.

USTelecom: FCC's BDS Deregulation Could Go Further

Location:
USTelecom, 607 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

USTelecom, which represents major phone Internet service providers, was rooting on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's business data service (BDS) proposal, which deregulates rates for incumbent providers like USTelecom members AT&T and Verizon where there is competition—and Pai signals he thinks that is a lot of places.

FCC Wants Business Data Service Data From CenturyLink, Level 3

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to deregulate the broadband data services market for incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs)—a vote is planned at the April 20 meeting—the Wireline Competition Bureau has asked for more information from ILEC CenturyLink and merger partner Level 3 on how their merger would affect competition for business services.

INCOMPAS to FCC: Delay Business Data Serivces Vote

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

INCOMPAS, which represents competitive carriers, wants the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on planned vote April 20 on FCC chair Ajit Pai's business data services deregulation until it releases the list of counties it presumes have competition and can deregulate incumbent carrier rates.

CenturyLink Gets GSA VoIP Contract

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink has snagged a potential $6 million-plus contract to provide Voice over Internet Protocol services to the General Services Administration.

Republican Reps Urge FCC to Continue Protecting Privacy

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

More than half a hundred Republican Reps signed onto a letter asking Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to "continue ensuring" that consumer broadband privacy is maintained until the FCC "remedies" the Title II reclassification.

FCC Asked to Review Neil Gorsuch Ads

Location:
Campaign Legal Center, 215 E Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Campaign Legal Center has asked the Federal Communications Commission to review ads from the Judicial Crisis Network pushing for the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court justice.

FilmOn X Appeals Ninth Circuit Panel Decision to Full Court

Location:
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1010 Fifth Avenue William Nakamura Courthouse, Seattle, WA, 98104, United States
Recommendation:
3

FilmOn X on April 6 sought a full-court re-hearing in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel of that court in March reversed a lower court decision that FilmOn X was eligible for the same compulsory license to TV programming as cable operators have.

Spectrum Hearing Reveals Raw Wounds From Broadband Privacy Rule Rollback

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

The House Communications Subcommittee held a hearing on wireless spectrum and the economy, but it had to wait for Democratic and Republican lawmakers to air out their grievances over the passage last week of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution rolling back Federal Communications Commission broadband privacy regulations.

'Connectivity' Bills from Democratic Reps Targets 'Fake News' Retaliation

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Democrats have released a suite of "connectivity" bills April 5 that would, among other things, prevent the Federal Communications Commission from targeting broadcasters "or anyone else" on the basis of viewpoint, toughen FCC political ad disclosure rules, and boost broadcast diversity.

Crowd Surrounds Nullification of FCC Privacy Rules

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The nullification of the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules at the stroke of the President Donald Trump's pen drew a big audience in Washington, most of them either to weigh in on one side or the other of the contentious issue.

FCC Votes to Reverse Charter Overbuild Condition

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to modify the Charter-Time Warner Cable deal conditions by removing the requirement that Charter overbuild a million internet access customers who could already get high-speed access from another provider, apparently.

FCC Loses Fax Opt-Out Ad Ruling

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Tom Wheeler Federal Communications Commission suffered another defeat in the opt-out advertising category March 31 as a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals—in a 2-1 decision—overturned a ruling regarding faxed advertisements, saying the FCC had exceeded its authority.

Ajit Pai's Business Data Services Proposal Draws Mixed Reviews

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to deregulate business data service (BDS) rates—credit card readers, ATMs—of incumbent carriers and not to impose potential new price regulations on competitors including cable operators was drawing a lot of attention in Washington after the chairman signaled the FCC would vote on his BDS item at the April meeting.

FirstNet Milestone Draws Crowd of Fans, Including White House

Location:
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Commerce Department's announcement that AT&T had been awarded the contract to build and maintain FirstNet, the interoperable broadband communications network suggested after first responder communications failures on 9/11, drew praise from various quarters.

Pai to ACA: Broadband Is an 'American' Issue

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said that broadband is the infrastructure challenge of our time, and he sees cable operators not as an enemy of that effort but as partners in better enabling citizens to reap the benefits of the digital revolution.