A scheduled September 7 hearing on the future of net neutrality was canceled today, after representatives from leading communications, over-the-top providers and other technology companies declined to publicly appear on Capitol Hill.
The hearing was postponed due to talks over future rules, Zach Hunter, a spokesman for committee chairman Greg Walden, U.S. Representative (R) from Oregon, told Reuters. While executives may be camera shy, they have discussed the topic privately, he said.
"As negotiations progress on a permanent solution for net neutrality that ensures a free and open Internet, the committee will postpone the original hearing in order to allow talks between stakeholders to continue," said Hunter.
Under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, the agency wants to lift rules placed during the prior administration that treat Internet as a utility and bans providers from blocking or slowing websites or showing preferential treatment to some online businesses. Advocates of Pai's approach argue it treats some ultra-broadband providers -- such as cable operators -- differently from others and that industry can self-monitor, in part due to competitive pressures that will penalize those that do not adhere to net neutrality rules.
Opponents disagree, stating government must oversee private industry and point to examples of past behavior by Verizon and AT&T and other reported cases. They argue big companies, like Amazon and Netflix, will only get bigger at the expense of smaller businesses that cannot buy faster online access.
Non-profit industry organization Broadband Forum this week unveiled new standards and new Open Broadband initiatives to support operators' goal of interoperability for lower costs and accelerated deployment.
When offered the choice of selecting individual components of a smart home solution, European and US broadband users both chose fire alerts and emergency notifications as the most important options, a Strategy Analytics study finds.
5G promises connectivity 10 to 100 times faster than 4G networks, with latencies less than 1msec, making real-time applications such as tactile Internet useable over mobile networks for the first time. However, mobile operators will need to deploy ten times as many radio sites, each with highly reliable plug-and-go multi-gigabit connections, to achieve that level of performance.
In this UBB2020 webinar, Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown and ADTRAN's Ryan McCowan will:
Discuss 5G densification strategies and their network impact
Outline the different requirements for backhaul and fronthaul needed to support 5G densification strategies
Explore next-generation PON-fixed access technologies and software defined networking principles as emerging solutions to accelerate 5G densification
Outline how NG-PON2, the next-generation multi-gigabit fiber technology, supports the x-haul (fronthaul, backhaul and crosshaul applications) requirements of 5G
NG-PON2 broadband access technology is already in trials with multiple major network operators but is it too early for the commercial deployment of this next generation ultra-broadband technology? In this UBB2020 live radio show, ADTRAN's Kurt Raaflaub provides an update on NG-PON2 developments and chats to Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre about how this technology could play a role in production access networks in 2017.