On Thursday, 26 February the FCC voted on a new policy for ensuring net neutrality. This article was written before that decision was published but, with just two dissenting Commissioners, the FCC adopted the President’s plan as described in the article – which you can by clicking Economuse 2015-02-24
At the same meeting used Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act to over-ride legislation in two states (but others will follow) that stopped broadband competition from public corporations. The dilemma was examined in a major thought piece two years ago which compared case that the FCC has just looked at with the NBN in Australia as originally set-up – using guidelines that are used in Europe to balance private and public investment in broadband – you can see this paper by clicking SNG White Paper on State Aid, October 2012
The ACCC is considering whether to allow a joint venture between Foxtel and the Seven Network because of Foxtel’s current dominance of the pay TV market in Australia. But, it knows that the elephant in the room is Netflix which launches in Australia in March.
The subscription video on demand (SVOD) market is crowded. There will be a bloody (shareholder red ink) battle which will leave only the biggest players.
This opinion piece looks at the implications for regulation, existing content providers and the carriers in Australia. Click
The FCC is trying to untie legal knots that hinder its ability to promote and protect an open internet.
It stands by the three rules for net neutrality that it set in 2010. The notice issued on 17 May 2014 canvasses ways it hopes to ensure that its authority to impose rules on interne service providers is secure.
This column, published in Comms Wire on 20 May, explains how it is trying to achieve this and how it may – or may not – affect paid peering.
To read more see Economuse 2014-05-20