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    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    [EN] FCC Backs Off

    Rob Powell
    November 17th, 2016

    The FCC's planned votes this week on special access and set top boxes have been canceled, along with several other items. In light of the election win for Donald Trump, Republicans were pressuring FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler not to proceed, and they got what they wanted.

    Congressional republicans had asked the FCC to do the same as was done eight years ago, and not take action on votes with a partisan bite. Wheeler's plan to reform the business data services segment, which included caps on ILEC special access fees, will no longer get its vote on Thursday. And the proposal to overhaul the rules for set-top boxes has also been removed from the agenda as well. The first is clearly a win for incumbent operators like AT&T and Verizon, while the second will surely please the big cable operators such as Comcast.

    But this is merely what *won't* happen. Will the pendulum simply and predictably shift back toward the traditional incumbent players and away from the influence of Silicon Valley that one might expect from just any Republican victory? Or will Trump's populist streak show through somehow? We will just have to wait to see what the FCC's actual stance on the issues is after Trump's transition into the White House.

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    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    Lame duck FCC chairman cancels controversial vote

    A week after Republican Donald Trump's surprise presidential victory, the Democrat-led FCC is backing off of key issues.

    Marguerite Reardon
    November 16, 2016

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is cutting short his to-do list amid pushback from Congressional Republicans after Donald Trump's election as president.

    The FCC announced Wednesday that it has deleted an item it planned to vote on at its meeting on Thursday that would have reformed the $45 billion market for business data services. The FCC is also expected to abandon another controversial Wheeler plan to overhaul the pay-TV set-top box market, said sources close to the commission.

    Scrapping the vote on the business data service reform is a big win for AT&T, which sells internet connectivity to businesses and opposed the measure. Wheeler first put forth his reform plan for the so-called "special access" lines in April, and the measure was revised in October.

    The reforms would have capped fees paid to big telecom providers. "Special access" is data service that lets businesses transfer large amounts of data over dedicated internet connections. For instance, banks use these services to connect ATM machines, and retailers use them to transfer data for credit card transactions. Wireless operators also buy special access services to back-haul traffic from cell towers to the wired phone and internet networks.

    Republicans in Congress sent letters to the FCC this week advising the agency not to move forward with any controversial votes during the transition. Republicans will take control of the commission when President-elect Trump takes office in January, and it's customary for agencies to refrain from votes on controversial issues before the next administration takes over.

    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, cautioned that any action taken by the FCC between now and January 20, when Trump is inaugurated, will "receive particular scrutiny."

    Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.), leaders of the House Commerce Committee and Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, respectively, sent a similar letter to the FCC, strongly urging the agency "to concentrate the commission's attention and resources" on completing the wireless broadband incentive spectrum auction.

    A spokeswoman for the FCC confirmed that the agency had deleted items from Thursday's agenda as a result of the letters it received.

    The set-top box proposal, which would have required pay TV providers to offer apps that could be used instead of a set-top box for access to their services, is also likely to be scrapped from consideration. This is a victory for cable operators, like Comcast, which opposed the measure. [e uma mega derrota para a Google e seu exército de lobistas]

    Wheeler pushed the set-top box reform to offer more choice to consumers [sei], who he said were forced to rent set-top boxes from TV providers [sei]. President Barack Obama endorsed the effort when it was first introduced in April, but it had met heavy resistance and the FCC revised its proposal in September. The issue was supposed to be voted on at the FCC's September meeting but was deleted at the last minute. FCC officials said at the time that details of the plan were still being worked out among commissioners.
    Última edição por 5ms; 17-11-2016 às 10:28.

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