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House Democrats Oppose Kelsey Smith Act, Citing Privacy Concerns

House lawmakers were poised to pass several telecom measures under suspension of the rules on the floor at our deadline Monday -- the Kari’s Law Act (HR-4167); the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act (HR-3998); HR-2589, which would … Subscribe to Read >>

Zero Rating Pro-Consumer, not a Sneak Attack on Net Neutrality, ITIF Says

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released a report Monday saying zero rating is in general a good thing. The FCC reportedly is close to making some policy calls on which zero-rated programs are permissible under et neutrality rules … Subscribe to Read >>

Legislators, Industry Commenters Slam FCC Set-top Plan

The FCC set-top box proposal is a threat to consumer cybersecurity, goes far beyond the will of Congress and can't accomplish what the agency says it can, said recent filings from legislators, trade groups and companies in docket 16-42 … Subscribe to Read >>

Telcordia Contract's VoIP Treatment Points to Need for Further Review, Group Says

A proposed local number portability administrator contract for Telcordia treats interconnected VoIP differently than the FCC has, the LNP Alliance said. That wrinkle points to the need for the commission to give parties more time to review the lengthy … Subscribe to Read >>

IANA Transition Skepticism To Return to Spotlight in Senate Commerce Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee’s hearing Tuesday on the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) transition is likely to bring lingering skepticism about the transition back into the spotlight despite some optimism that preparations for the transition are steadily reaching their … Subscribe to Read >>

AT&T in Strongest Spectrum Position Ever, Vice Chairman Says

AT&T is in its best spectrum position ever, with 40 megahertz fallow to build on, said Vice Chairman Ralph de la Vega at a J.P. Morgan financial conference Monday. De la Vega didn’t comment on the upcoming TV incentive … Subscribe to Read >>

Ramirez's Testimony Shows Support, Concerns With FTC Bills That Are Focus of House Hearing

The FTC supports several bills proposed by members, but "other measures may unintentionally hamper" its mission to protect consumers and competition, Chairwoman Edith Ramirez will testify Tuesday before a House Commerce subcommittee, according to prepared remarks. The Commerce … Subscribe to Read >>

Rivals Lured Potential Frontier Customers in Tough Transition

Frontier Communications might have lost thousands of potential new customers while tackling integration snafus after its acquisition of the Verizon wireline business in Texas, Florida and California, Frontier CEO Daniel McCarthy said Monday at a J.P. Morgan investor conference … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

States See More Verizon Complaints During Strike

Three state regulators reported an uptick in Verizon customer complaints as the union strike entered its fourth week. Police arrested 15 union strikers outside Verizon’s annual shareholder meeting Thursday in Albuquerque, while inside shareholders voted no on three union-endorsed proposals. The Albuquerque protest was one of more than 400 across the U.S. Thursday, with some happening in Verizon Wireless markets outside of Fios territory, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said. … Read More >>

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