Local lawmakers in Nashville, Tennessee voted in favor of an ordinance that will help Google Fiber roll out in the city. AT&T is expected to sue over the measure.
The cable industry lobbying group National Cable & Telecommunications Association has renamed itself NCTA -- The Internet & Television Association. “Just as our industry is witnessing an exciting transformation driven by technology and connectivity, NCTA’s brand must reflect the vibrancy and diversity of our members,” NCTA CEO Michael Powell stated today.
Twitter was hit with a lawsuit by an investor who says the company made "false and misleading" statements in early 2015. Those statements, which expressed optimism about user growth, allegedly resulted in an artificially high stock price between the last quarter of 2014 and the second quarter of 2015. The company's stock has dropped more than 60% since February of 2015, when it closed at around $48.
Local lawmakers in Wilson, North Carolina voted to stop offering broadband service to residents of Pinetops, thanks to a recent court decision that effectively reinstated restrictions on muni-broadband. The move could leave around 200 residents of Pinetops without Internet service as of the end of October.
Gannett, the Associated Press and Vice Media have sued the FBI in hopes of obtaining more information about how the agency accessed the locked iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The organizations went to court after they unsuccessfully filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI.
The FCC's two Republican members refused to cooperate with a Congressional investigation into the agency's procedure for crafting the net neutrality rules, according to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland). Cummings and other lawmakers are investigating whether President Obama, who publicly expressed support for the net neutrality regulations, improperly influenced the agency. "Although Democratic Members of the Commission have cooperated fully with our request, neither of you has produced a single responsive document to date, and even more concerning, your staff informed the Oversight Committee that you had not even begun to collect them," Cummings wrote to FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and …
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-California) has proposed legislation to prohibit states from trying to restrict muni-broadband. The Federal Communications Commission recently ruled that federal law trumped state restrictions on muni-broadband, but an appellate court struck down that move. Consumer groups cheered news of Eshoo's bill, but the measure has "little to no chance of passing," predicts DSLReports.
The Supreme Court has refused to block a Senate committee's subpoena to Backpage. The committee, which is investigating child sex trafficking, is seeking information from the online classifieds site.
New York City may sue Verizon for failing to live up to its promises to make its FiOS service available throughout the city. As of last October, Verizon hadn't responded to installation requests from 38,551 addresses, the city said in a letter to the company.