States are taking net neutrality into their own hands with a mix of lawsuits and legislation designed to restore regulations that were repealed by the FCC in December. Among them, California has now introduced a bill that would make it illegal for state agencies to buy Internet services from ISPs that don't follow net neutrality principles. The California bill is similar in many ways to the law passed by the state of Washington just last week, but it also includes some of the strongest language to date regarding ISP policies.
For example, the new bill explicitly states that service providers can't charge companies to reach consumers via Internet connections. And it requires that ISPs not use their last-mile infrastructure for services that degrade public Internet access over the same link.
Perhaps most interestingly, California legislators are considering a prohibition on most zero-rating implementations -- the practice whereby a fixed or mobile provider allows select services to be exempt from data caps. This goes beyond even what the Open Internet Order mandated before that net neutrality ruling was rolled back.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.
The MDU market continues to face fierce competition among service providers due to tech-savvy residents (i.e., millennials), demand from building owners and management companies, plus the favorable economics of bulk contracts. However, no MDUs are the same, so service providers must use multiple technologies and inconsistent deployment models, increasing operational complexity and rollout costs.
The MDU market itself is evolving as residents adopt smart-home technologies, generating rising demand for smart apartments with built-in connected thermostats, keyless entryways and doors, and video doorbells. This evolution presents both new challenges and opportunities. In other words, service providers must consider innovative service-delivery strategies to compete and win.
In this Broadband World News and ADTRAN webinar, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will highlight emerging MDU broadband Internet trends and challenges. In addition, Kurt will outline the next-generation service creation and delivery platform, built on open standards, that allows service providers to connect millions of underserved MDUs, enables creation of user-driven services, and reduces operational complexity and costs.
Plus, special guest, Alice Lawson, Broadband and Cable Program Manager for the City of Seattle, will discuss Seattle’s B4B-Build For Broadband initiative that addresses best practices in planning for MDU telecommunication infrastructure.