A report released by the White House, which was compiled by 20 agencies, includes the widely cited statistic that 24 million people can’t get broadband service in the United States, with about 80 percent of those people living in rural areas.
The report acknowledges what has long been a gripe of local leaders from rural areas: the imprecise Federal Communications Commission map of broadband coverage that overestimates its availability in many places.
Net neutrality is once again under the microscope with a federal appeals court hearing arguments Friday on whether the Trump administration was justified in repealing the Obama-era net neutrality rules back in 2017.
Separate from that court hearing, a U.S. House panel announced on Thursday that it’s holding a hearing on Feb. 7 on the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules, according to Reuters.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed by the Trump administration, spearheaded the effort in December 2017 to repeal the net neutrality rules, which the FCC commissioners approved by a 3-2 vote.
Carriers are racing to turn on their first 5G services, but the underlying upgrade that they are working on will take years, according to a handful of engineering managers helping build the networks.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint, they say, for several reasons. Strategies for deploying services over millimeter-wave bands are still in development, specs and plans for the 5G core have yet to be hammered out, and business models for selling the network services are just starting to be explored.
That said, the work is, in some ways, moving at a faster pace than any other cellular transition.
CenturyLink’s widespread outage last week not only affected 911 service for customers but caused issues for state governments as well, with agencies in Washington state and Wyoming vowing investigations in addition to one ordered at the federal level.
The Monroe, Louisiana-based telecommunications giant saw voice, internet protocol and transport services affected in primarily Western states beginning shortly after 8 a.m. on Dec. 27.
A faulty network management card in Denver from a third-party equipment vendor caused invalid traffic replication and also limited visibility into CenturyLink’s network management system, limiting its ability to troubleshoot the problem and prolonging the incident until just past 9 p.m. on Dec. 28, according to spokeswoman Linda Johnson.
The CenturyLink spokeswoman said the company is taking steps to prevent another outage, such as establishing a network monitoring plan.
SoftBank Corp (9434.T) shares sank 15 percent on debut, wiping $9 billion off their value, as investors sold off the telecoms operator after its record IPO on worries about a recent service outage and its exposure to Chinese telecoms gear maker Huawei.
Verizon Communications has taken a $4.6 billion hit on its digital arm Oath – made from combining the assets of Yahoo and AOL – according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
In the filing, which was issued on Tuesday, Verizon said it had previously valued Oath and all of its assets at $4.8 billion, despite spending more than $9 billion to build the company through the acquisitions of AOL in 2015 and Yahoo in 2017.