Posts Categorized: The FCC

Creating a Broadband Policy without Doughnut Holes

People are working to get broadband access to rural areas in companies like OTELCO and at town halls, state houses and Federal agencies across the country.  The latter two groups are focused on two different vehicles for promoting broadband.  First, they set policies to promote broadband expansion and the construction of new networks.  Second, they distribute state and Federal monies in the form of grants to subsidize construction of networks where there isn’t necessarily a… Read more »

FCC Rule Changes Repealed Before They Were Enacted

FCC Rule change

Back in November we talked about the FCC rule changes regarding Internet privacy and we explained the Telecommunications Act. We concentrated on how the act protects the privacy of telephone customers’ network proprietary information (CPNI).  Providers like OTELCO were minimally effected by the FCC rule changes because they strongly reflected the existing Telecommunication Act rules.  The ISPs who are not bound by telephone privacy requirements were the most effected by the change. FCC?  FTC? –… Read more »

What We Can Expect: Federal Support for Rural Broadband Deployment

As discussion continues about Rural Broadband Deployment in New England and Nationwide, it’s useful to keep up with opportunities that exist to fund expansion from existing revenue sources.  Recently, an effort has been underway to realign support mechanisms that have to date been employed to support rural landline telephone service, deploying them instead to encourage investment in Rural Broadband deployment.  This funding, taken from a program called the Universal Service Fund, was directed to two… Read more »

FCC and Consumer Internet Privacy II: What the Order Doesn’t Mandate

Last week we tackled the first part of the FCC Order regarding  Internet consumer privacy.  We’ve been through all of the ISP ‘Musts’, today we’ll review the ‘Shoulds’ and what the order does not cover.  No Pay to Play for Internet Privacy ISPs should not force subscribers to pay inflated prices in order to maintain their privacy.  The Commission will conduct a case-by-case review, as providers are required under the order to disclose plans for… Read more »

IoT Security: Who’s Really Responsible

With literally billions of applications and devices communicating, security on the Internet of Things is a huge issue, and identity theft is only the beginning.  Imagine someone hacking into your baby monitor and spying on your toddler  (it has happened) or someone taking control of your home automation system (yup that’s happened too). In both of these stories, the issue was with a defect in application, the home automation company didn’t password protect access and… Read more »