FCC Chair Unveils “Connect America Fund”

Yesterday the US telecommunications regulator outlined a plan to transform the Universal Service Fund, an USD8 billion fund that is paid for by US telephone customers and used to subsidize basic telephone service in rural areas, into one that will help expand broadband Internet service to 18 million Americans who lack high-speed access.

AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Threatens Mobile Competition, Affordability of Roaming, Innovation in New Apps

INTUG OPINION It is essential that business visitors to the US have access to effective and affordable international data roaming services based on HSPA technology as well as emerging LTE technology, according to INTUG, which submitted its response to the FCC on the AT&T and T-Mobile merger today.

US Lags Behind in Broadband Speeds, FCC Report

The International Bureau of the FCC released its second International Broadband Data Report (PDF) presenting comparative data on international broadband capability. The report presents, for the first time, econometric analyses of how population size, population density, income, and education affect broadband adoption at a sub-national or “community” level.

FCC Forces Data Roaming on Wireless Operators

The US Federal Communications Commission yesterday required providers of mobile data services to offer data roaming arrangements to their competitors on “commercially reasonable terms and conditions.”

FCC Votes for Net Neutrality Rules

Today the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted to enact network neutrality rules that are focused on requiring network management transparency while prohibiting outright blocking of legal websites. The rules won’t fully apply to wireless networks.

US: Net Neutrality Plan Gets Mixed Reviews

On Wednesday FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his latest proposal for Net Neutrality rules. His plan would forbid both wired and wireless Internet service providers from blocking lawful content, but without resorting to changing the way the FCC regulates broadband providers.

FCC Proposes Measures against “Bill Shock”

Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Communications Committee voted unanimously to explore regulation that would require mobile operators to provide usage alerts and related information that assists consumers in avoiding unexpected charges on their bills.

FCC Moves a Step Closer to Regulating Broadband

In a bid to ensure universal access to affordable, high-quality broadband services, promote an innovative and competitive market and empower consumers, the US Federal Communications Commission opened a public inquiry about the regulation of Internet access.

FCC to Reclassify Broadband Services

The American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to take a “third approach” to regulating broadband carriers, partially classifying them as “common carriers” under Title 2 of the Communications Act. This would allow the FCC to control the transmission component of broadband Internet, but not rates or content.

US: FCC Delivers its National Broadband Plan

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) presented its National Broadband Plan, setting an ambitious agenda for connecting all corners of the U.S.