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The Telecom Digest for Mar 3, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 43 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Republican bill would overturn FCC municipal broadband decision (Neal McLain)
Re: Verizon issues ham-fisted attack on Net Neutrality (HAncock4)
Verizon's Press Release Telegraph's the Claims of Perjury (Bill Horne)
Congress Steps Back Into Wi-Fi-Related Spectrum Fight (Neal McLain)

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Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:44:23 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Republican bill would overturn FCC municipal broadband decision Message-ID: <37ebc0d9-dc1f-4719-8e70-ef50fca662de@googlegroups.com> By Grant Gross. IDG News Service, on 27 February, 2015 It didn't take long for congressional Republicans to attack the Federal Communications Commission's vote to strike down two state laws that prevent municipal broadband networks from expanding. Seven Republican lawmakers introduced a bill on Thursday, just hours after the FCC vote, that would prohibit the agency from preempting state laws that limit municipal broadband networks. The main sponsors of the bill are Representative Marsha Blackburn, of Tennessee, and Senator Thom Tillis, of North Carolina. Earlier Thursday, the Democratic majority at the FCC voted to largely overturn laws in the two lawmakers' home states that prevent city-funded broadband networks from expanding to new areas. The FCC order, coming in response to petitions from a city in each state, does not apply to laws that limit municipal broadband networks in about 20 other states, but the vote signals how the agency may act if it gets similar petitions from cities in other states, FCC officials said. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defended the FCC vote. The decision preempts "two restrictive state laws hampering investment and deployment of broadband networks in areas where consumers would benefit from greater levels of broadband service," he said during Thursday's FCC meeting. http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/569098/republican-bill-would-overturn-fcc-municipal-broadband-decision/ -or- http://tinyurl.com/q2wecbl Neal McLain
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:08:17 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Verizon issues ham-fisted attack on Net Neutrality Message-ID: <9cdd86b1-2258-44b2-99af-854ae641a650@googlegroups.com> On Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 7:03:51 PM UTC-5, Bill Horne wrote: > Verizon's high-handed demands that the new players in the online world > pay tribute to the Caesars of an old empire which was so recently > invaded by the Mongol hordes named "competition" and "choice" is, > IMNSHO, proof prima facie that the FCC's actions were both justified > and necessary. In my humble opinion, the other major carriers aren't any better. For instance, Comcast is reported to have record profits and great cash flow, yet keeps raising cable rates every year faster than inflation. Also, isn't at&t taking the same stance as Verizon? In any event, I dare say Verizon is not thinking of the old Bell System days--it's been 30 years after all, and I doubt very few folks are still around from those days. Rather, I think Verizon et al have a simpler goal in mind, and that is just to maximize profits.
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:13:02 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon's Press Release Telegraph's the Claims of Perjury Message-ID: <20150302231302.GA18506@billhorne.com> Verizon's Morse Code Press Release Telegraph's the Claims of Perjury by Bruce Kushnik On February 26th, 2015, Verizon put out a press release claiming that the FCC's Net Neutrality decision was a "throwback that imposes 1930's rules on the Internet". And they put out an additional release -- in the language of a telegraph, the old "Morse code" -- to reinforce this view point. It goes [on] to say that the FCC's decision is based on antiquated, utility-style regulations and rules written in the era of the steam locomotive and telegraph. But there's a serious problem. The ... mark up includes [an] excerpt from Verizon's FiOS cable franchise application for the District of Columbia in 2007. (Note: Verizon uses similar, if not identical language in every Verizon state and municipality FiOS TV franchise.) Besides the fact that as of 2015 Verizon's District of Columbia deployment is far from done and was extended last year, we find this curious thing - Verizon's Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) networks are Title II, common carriage, telecommunications networks that were built pursuant to that "old-time" utility regulatory classification, found in the Communications Act of 1934. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/verizons-morse-code-press_b_6780668.html -or- http://goo.gl/HqwAvi -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:37:45 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Congress Steps Back Into Wi-Fi-Related Spectrum Fight Message-ID: <a61338f0-795f-4e02-a505-2bac323ab22f@googlegroups.com> By Laura Stefani, CommLawBlog, March 2, 2015 New bills would force the FCC to examine, on an expedited basis, possible Wi-Fi and other unlicensed use of 5.9 GHz band. As a general rule, the FCC is in the driver's seat when it comes to spectrum management in the U.S. But that doesn't mean that Congress can't, and won't, occasionally engage in some aggressive backseat driving. And so it is that several members of Congress have reintroduced legislation - S.424 in the Senate, H.R.821 in the House - strongly suggesting the direction the FCC should take with respect to the 5.9 GHz band (i.e., 5860-5925 MHz). The bills would require the FCC to "provide additional unlicensed spectrum in the [5.9 GHz band] under technical rules suitable for the widespread commercial development of unlicensed operations in the band", provided that the Commission first determines that such use won't cause harmful interference to existing licensees of that band. The bills also provide detailed specifications, and an accelerated timetable, governing how the FCC must make that determination. If this sounds familiar, that's probably because an essentially identical proposal was introduced last year. No action was taken on it then, so it's been reintroduced. http://www.commlawblog.com/2015/03/articles/unlicensed-operations-and-emer/congress-steps-back-into-wifirelated-spectrum-fight/index.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/l2h5fqw Neal McLain

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