A top federal communications regulator said the process to repurpose government spectrum for commercial purposes is too slow, calling for a new way to keep up with consumer demands for more wireless airwaves.
With a record three million comments and counting, the Federal Communications Commission officially closed the public comment period Sept. 15 on whether to allow Internet "fast lanes," in which faster service would be given to websites willing to pay for it.
In public comments submitted to federal regulators, representatives from several municipalities, industry groups and other organizations strongly endorsed a government initiative to test and develop advanced technologies and techniques to share spectrum in a real-world setting.
The House on Sept. 11 passed by a 402-0 vote bipartisan legislation that promotes electronic labeling of devices rather than affixing or etching labels to equipment.
In a speech at the CTIA-The Wireless Association convention in Las Vegas Sept. 9, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he was confident that the courts will side with the agency over the National Association of Broadcasters, which filed the suit three weeks ago.
Video streaming service Netflix and other supporters, including Etsy, Kickstarter, Foursquaure, and Mozilla, will show the spinning icon, which generally indicates a slow-loading Internet-- although no website will actually be slowed down.
The head of the Federal Communications Commission said "meaningful competition" for high-speed broadband is lacking in the United States, and his agency will do everything to protect competition where it exists and foster it where it doesn't
Under the settlement, Verizon has also agreed to notify customers of their opt-out rights on every bill for the next three years. The FCC said the payment is the largest in its history for an investigation into the privacy of a phone customers' personal information.
In analyzing hundreds of thousands of public comments on the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality plan, the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation said about two-thirds of the comments opposed the idea of faster service for websites willing to pay for it.
About $56.8 million in grants awarded to the North Georgia Network and Appalachian Valley Fiber Network have resulted in a 3,000-mile fiber-optic Education Exchange that links 30 kindergarten through 12th-grade school districts with more than 330 facilities and 250,000 students. The network will enable schools to share web-based instructional resources, online course material and videoconferencing services via a 10-gigabit private education cloud.