May 11, 2017

FCC publishes Notice in the Federal Register seeking comment on the NPRM, NOI, and Request for Comments on its Wireline Notice.  FCC asks whether it should adopt rules to preempt state and local laws that "inhibit broadband deployment."  Comments due June 12, 2017; Reply comments due July 10, 2017. | View Notice HERE

Ninth Circuit agrees to rehear FTC v. AT&T, in which the court initially decided that "the FTC should be banned from regulating a company if even a small part of that firm's business is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission as a telecom service, otherwise known as a 'common carrier.'" This shrank the FTC's jurisdiction and gave companies a potentially huge loophole to avoid oversight. | Washington Post

"Sprint and Windstream are suing the FCC over the regulator’s proposed controversial business data services (BDS) deregulation plan that the two service providers said could potentially enable incumbent telcos to unfairly raise rates." | FierceTelecom

"Verizon Communications Inc. will buy Straight Path Communications Inc. for about $3.1 billion, after beating rival AT&T Inc. in an unusually intense bidding war for the wireless-spectrum holder." Straight Path's license to use high-frequency radio waves could be the backbone of Verizon's future networks.  | WSJ

"AT&T’s Hogg: Our integrated wireless/wireline plans give us a lift in efficiency" | FierceTelecom

"Most Americans can get internet on their TV — but they’re still mostly watching plain old TV" | Re/Code

"Cable Moves Toward Faster, Smarter Access" |
Light Reading

Global Broadband Plan for Refugees: "This policy brief draws on its authors’ diverse experiences—working to assure refugee protection, developing the U.S. broadband plan, and analyzing the economics of broadband networks—to propose a framework for the creation of a global broadband plan for refugees. " | Migration Policy Institute
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