WASHINGTON, May 19, 2011 - The Mercatus Center, a market orientated research center located at George Mason University, gathered key industry insiders to discuss how the Federal Communications Commission analyzes market competition in the wireless industry on Wednesday.
“The FCC needs to look beyond just the numbers to determine if competition is actually occurring,” said Thomas Hazlett, professor of law & economics at George Mason University School of Law. “The Commission should take into account the analysis conducted by Wall Street to see how the financial market views the mobile market.”
Robert Frieden, professor of telecommunications & law at Pennsylvania State University, agreed with Hazlett’s suggestion that the FCC should expand their competition analysis to include the findings from the consumer shopping experience.
“The Commission should send out a secret shopper to see how the competition between the mobile providers actually affects consumer choice,” Frieden said. “My research has found that the four major carriers currently offer the same price for the same set of services which shifts competition from service to hardware choice.”
To further hardware choice and availability Frieden along with Harold Feld, Legal Director at Public Knowledge, advocated the implementation of the Caterfone ruling for the mobile market. The 1968 FCC ruling allows consumers to connect their choice of devices to the telephone network, so long as those devices do not harm the network. Feld and Frieden would like consumers to be able to connect their choice of devices to a mobile network as long as the device is technologically compatible.
Feld also suggested that the Commission breakdown competition between rural and urban areas.
“Those of us who live on the coast or near the major population centers have a plethora of choices when it comes to mobile providers but in large parts of rural America those choices dwindle down, sometimes to just a single option,” Feld said.
- Poor Broadband Maps and Lack of a Consolidated Voice Hinder Advocacy for Better Rural Internet
- NTIA Broadband Webinar With Pew, Georgia and Tennessee Officials Discuss Solutions to Digital Divides
- Broadband Roundup: Zuckerberg and EU Discuss Rules for Facebook, Trumps Supports Oracle, Nevada Caucus Anxieties
- Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Agree that Current AI Assessment Tools are Garbage, But Differ on How to Proceed
- Attorney General Bill Barr Calls for ‘Recalibrated’ Section 230 as Justice Department Hosts Tech Immunity Workshop
Signup for Broadband Breakfast
Broadband Data9 months ago
Pennsylvania Broadband Speeds Worse Than Previously Believed, According to State Report
Intellectual Property7 months ago
In Congressional Oversight Hearing, Register of Copyrights Says Office Is Responding to Online Users
Broadband Data8 months ago
California Report: Income Most Significant Factor in Low Broadband Adoption
FCC10 years ago
Telecom Companies Are Using Fight Interrupting Oscar Ceremony Broadcast To Manipulate Public and FCC, Argue Broadcasters
Broadband Roundup6 months ago
Cable Industry Touts Energy Efficiency, Next Century Highlights Open Access Fiber, Aspen Forum Set
Privacy and Security6 months ago
Comparing Privacy Policies for Wearable Fitness Trackers: Apple, Fitbit, Xiaomi and Under Armour
Open Access2 months ago
UTOPIA Fiber: A Model Open-Access Network
Antitrust5 months ago
Addressing the Impact of Big Data Upon Antitrust is More Complicated Than a Big Tech Breakup