Even in the age of seemingly ubiquitous Internet access in the U.S. there remains a persistent gap between those who can and cannot afford access to Internet connections and associated hardware. Known as the "digital divide," the FCC has a new plan to tackle the problem, and the vote on that plan is coming up soon.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has a plan to transform cable television. No, it doesn't involve breaking up big monopolies like Comcast; Wheeler wants to transform the technology at the point where consumers interact with their cable television networks: by unlocking the cable box.
As the federal government has begun thawing its once-deeply frozen relationship with Cuba, opportunities for business and trade have arisen. Yet another door opened last weekend, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially dropped its telecom ban on Cuba.
While DirecTV and DISH have both leveraged their established pay-TV businesses to launch OTT (over-the-top) Internet streaming TV aimed at Latino audiences earlier this year, one year-old startup KlowdTV has decided to enter the fray by adding an assortment of 29 Spanish-language channels to its micro-bundle Internet TV selection.
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to consider a plan that would modernize Lifeline -- a long-running FCC program that provides subsidies for phone service to underprivileged households -- to include broadband internet.
Sprint and T-Mobile might not be merging, but the two companies are still putting up a united front against Verizon and AT&T alongside Dish Network by urging the FCC to reserve some spectrum for the little guys.