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Published on : Apr 17, 2015

The previous week saw quite a number of significant developments in the telecom industry. The story of AT&T Inc. and the telecom and cable TV trade enterprises NCTA, CTIA, and the American Cable Association filing a suit against the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) over its adoption of the recent most net neutrality rules grabbed the most attention.

In the previous month, the market trade group such as U.S. Telecom Association had taken a similar stand against the regulatory body. Especially, the U.S. Telecom Association has giant telecom operators like AT&T, Verizon Communications Inc., and CenturyLink Inc. as its associates.

Meanwhile, the FCC forced a US$25 million fine on AT&T for consumer data breach that took place in the period of November 2013 to April 2014 in its call centers located outside the United States. The FCC has also initiated airwave allocation to all the winners of its lately completed AWS-3 spectrum auction.

In another development, Sprint Corp. rolled out a new cost efficient International Value Roaming plan to retain its position in the extremely competitive wireless market across the United States. Outside the U.S., Shaw Communications Inc., which is a Canadian cable multi-service operator, posted a disappointing second quarter of financial year 2015.

AT&T, has raised their voice against the recent adoption by FCC of the net neutrality laws, along with 3 other cable and wireless trade operators. All ISPs, alongside various cable and telecommunications market bodies, have fervently opposed the net neutrality. These associations believe that a minor law overhaul under section 706 of the Telecom Act, 1996 will be enough to put net neutrality into effect.