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Lawmakers Hungry for Detail, See Promise in Clinton's Broadband Infrastructure Plan

Commerce Committee Democrats would help lead the 2017 charge in pushing the $275 billion five-year infrastructure plan that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says would include broadband funding and be a priority before Congress in her administration’s first hundred … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Again Declines to Find Wireless Industry Is Effectively Competitive

The FCC released the latest version of its annual mobile competition report, a 127-page snapshot of competition in the industry at the end of 2015, concluding the mobile industry remains uncompetitive. Since 2010 and the first wireless competition … Subscribe to Read >>

Flurry of Set-Top Lobbying Continued at FCC

Multichannel video programming distributors, programmers, tech companies and civil rights groups continued to lobby the FCC over the agency's set-top proposal until the beginning of the sunshine period Thursday evening, according to ex parte notices posted in docket … Subscribe to Read >>

States Decreasingly Mandating 911 Wireless Cost Recovery, Which Some Call a Mistake

Small carriers bemoaned the shrinking number of states paying 911 wireless cost recovery to carriers. After Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) signed a bill Aug. 10 to end compensation for wireless carriers’ 911 costs, we could find only nine … Subscribe to Read >>

Recent Events Point to Importance of NG-911, Simpson Says

Recent events point to the importance of 911 and public safety answering points, and the risk of cyberthreats, said FCC Public Safety Bureau Chief David Simpson Friday at a meeting of the Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture. TFOPA … Subscribe to Read >>

Pai-Backed New FM Class Could Brush Up Against Translators

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai's proposal to explore creating a new C4 class of FM stations with a wider range than Class A stations but smaller than C3 FM stations (see 1609220070) has some broadcast attorneys concerned about the … Subscribe to Read >>

State Notification Laws Apply to Yahoo's Data Breach, Give Much Leeway, Say Experts

One big question raised about Yahoo's revelation that a half-billion user accounts may have been compromised in a data breach dating back to 2014 (see 1609220046): Why did the company take so long to reveal the incident? Subscribe to Read >>

Subscription Music Market Taking Off as iHeartRadio Joins Mix

The subscription music market -- heating up with Pandora’s on-demand offering promised before year-end and its new Pandora Plus mid-tier service -- will get another high-profile contender in January. That's when two paid music services launch from iHeartMedia, said … Subscribe to Read >>

2015 Cybersecurity Act's Legacy Still to Be Determined, Stakeholders Say

The 2015 Cybersecurity Act's efficacy is still largely to be determined because it's been less than a year since the bill was enacted, said former government officials and industry stakeholders Thursday evening at an FCBA event. Congress passed the … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Cicconi Supporting Clinton Despite Concerns About Obama, Wheeler Policies

The FCC has gotten more political under Chairman Tom Wheeler, and that politicization is likely to play out on a number of big issues in the next few months, from special access, to ISP privacy, said Jim Cicconi, AT&T senior executive vice president, Monday. Cicconi said he respects Wheeler. “I do think the polarization and politicization of the FCC has accelerated during his tenure and I think that’s a bad thing,” Cicconi said in a C-SPAN interview to appear on this weekend's The Communicators, where he repeated that he nonetheless backs Democrat Hillary Clinton for president (see 1606230070). Wheeler appears to believe the FCC can impose any rules it wants without harming the economy, Cicconi said. … Read More >>

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