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The Telecom Digest for Feb 3, 2015
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|Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:07:51 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Net Fix: Why FCC's Wheeler is 'defying the greatest lobbyists in the world' Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Marguerite Reardon, CNET, February 2, 2015 FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is at the center of a historic debate over how we'll all use the Internet. Fans applaud a consumer-friendly approach. Critics say he'll strangle innovation. Both sides agree he's not afraid to do what he thinks is right. Tom Wheeler has made a career out of surprising people. The 68-year-old chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is commonly called out as a former top lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry, a role he served for a quarter of century. Few remember his long career as an entrepreneur. Even fewer know it was one of his startups that informed his view of the Internet -- before the World Wide Web was even invented -- that's now driving his approach to Internet regulation lobbyists in the world -- from the telco and cable industry -- to secure an open and fast Internet for all Americans." http://www.cnet.com/news/why-fccs-wheeler-is-defying-the-greatest-lobbyists-in-the-world/?tag=nl.e404&s_cid=e404&ttag=e404&ftag=CAD1acfa04 -or- http://tinyurl.com/onprtz4 Neal McLain|
|Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 14:27:31 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: FCC to draft proposal to overturn anti-municipal broadband Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> FCC to draft proposal to overturn anti-municipal broadband laws in Tennessee, North Carolina By Sean Buckley, FierceCable, February 2, 2015 FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is gearing up for a battle with state legislators in Tennessee and North Carolina with plans to circulate a draft decision to overturn anti-municipal broadband laws in both states, reports The Washington Post, citing a senior agency official. Wheeler could provide a copy of a draft of his proposal to other FCC commissioners possibly today and then vote on the issue at its public meeting on Feb. 26. ... If the commission votes to approve the issue, the FCC would overturn state laws that have inhibited municipal providers like EPB in Chattanooga, Tenn., and other providers in Wilson, N.C., from either building their own networks or expanding their reach to compete with incumbent telcos and cable operators like Verizon and Comcast. http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/fcc-draft-proposal-overturn-anti-municipal-broadband-laws-tennessee-north-c/2015-02-02?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal -or- http://tinyurl.com/o5424xf Back in my cable TV days, this same issue occasionally came up. Many cities owned and operated their own cable TV systems presumably in competition with commercial cable companies. But, at least in most of the cases I'm familiar with, the city built its own system because no commercial company was interested. This seemed to be particularly common in Minnesota -- examples that come to mind are Elbow Lake, Jackson, Pipestone, Windom, and Worthington. These cities also owned and operated their own electric power utilities, including the poles that supported the distribution networks. A city-owned cable TV network using the same poles would not have to pay pole-attachment fees, thus giving it a significant price advantage vis-a-vis a commercial cable company. Back in the 1990s I did some consulting work for the Jackson system. I wrote about it last year in a T-D post: http://tinyurl.com/JoSj11hqBLcJ The FierceCable article mentions that "Minnesota's HF 2695 explicitly bars any community from building a broadband network to serve their needs." Presumably this law would prevent the City of Jackson from building its own fiber network. FCC Chairman Wheeler seems to have changed his mind about such laws since he was president of the NCTA. Even though I'm a former employee of some big-name cable TV companies (Comcast, Warner, TCI), I must agree with Wheeler. Neal McLain|
|Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:17:51 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Removing Barriers to Competitive Community Broadband Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, CED, June 10, 2014 If any city understands the power of networks to drive economic growth, it's Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga's proximity to the Tennessee River - a natural network - fueled its initial growth. When the railroad network arrived in the mid-19th century, Chattanooga became a boom town. The railroad allowed raw material to flow into the area and finished products to flow out to markets around the country - making Chattanooga an industrial powerhouse. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, and when it comes to networks driving economic growth in Chattanooga, past is prologue. Mayor Berke and the city's leaders recognized that today's high-speed broadband networks will be the indispensable platform for tomorrow's economic growth and the jobs of the future. That's why Chattanooga invested in building out one of the nation's most robust community broadband networks. The network was partly built out of necessity. Local phone and cable companies chose to delay improvements in broadband service to the Chattanooga area market. Without faster networks, Chattanooga residents were at risk of finding themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide, bypassed by the opportunities high-speed connectivity enables. http://www.fcc.gov/blog/removing-barriers-competitive-community-broadband Neal McLain|
|Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 23:25:45 -0500 From: Telecom Digest Moderator <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Security problem at Whitehouse website Message-ID: <20150203042545.GA26009@telecom.csail.mit.edu> If anyone of my readers knows anyone at the White House Communications Agency, please tell them that either the white house web site has a configuration problem, or someone is diverting SSL requests to a man-in-the-middle attacker. I assume the former, but it's a PR problem at the very least, especially after the "Obamacare" sign-up fiasco. I've confirmed this with several different machines, different Operating Systems, and multiple locations. It's a real problem, and has been going on for at least fourteen hours. The site is at https://www.whitehouse.gov/. -- Bill Horne Moderator|
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