FCC to Devise Mobile Broadband Speed Test Measures
The Federal Communications Commission today proposed to create a system for measuring mobile broadband service performance in the U.S. The FCC has already completed a similar test of wired broadband services, and is now turning its focus to mobile broadband. The FCC said that the program for wired broadband produced "statistically sound" data, which "allows comparisons and analyses that are valuable to consumers and spur competition among service providers." It wants to be able to offer similar knowledge and insight to consumers of wireless broadband services and the further push innovation between the companies that provide those services. According to the FCC, it already has the support of certain wireless network providers and the CTIA Wireless Association. It will discuss the issue in depth at a meeting scheduled to take place September 21, where it expects other stakeholders and public research agencies to join the discussion.
FCC Girds for Privacy Battle with Internet Firms
The FCC is prepared to propose new rules governing the use of consumer data by broadband providers, both wired and wireless. The proposal is meant to help protect the data generated by millions of people who use internet services every day.
FCC Pushes Privacy Rules Forward
The FCC on Thursday followed through on plans to tackle consumer privacy. The agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to govern the use of consumer data by broadband providers, both wired and wireless.
Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated.
Consumer Groups Demand Broadband Privacy Laws
Dozens of consumer action groups have petitioned the FCC to install regulations that would protect the privacy of the nation's wired and wireless broadband users. The groups believe broadband providers — including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, and others — should be subject to tough privacy standards.
FCC Dubious On Future Wireless Mergers
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today suggested the agency will take a long, hard look at any proposed mergers between wireless companies. "We will continue to be skeptical of efforts to achieve scale through the consolidation of major players," said Wheeler at the CTIA trade show in Las Vegas.