Senate Upholds FCC Open Internet Rules
FCC, Net Neutrality, Senate
November 11th, 2011
WASHINGTON Friday November 10, 2011. Thursday afternoon, the Senate voted 52 – 46 to defeat S.J Res 6 which would have overturned the Federal Communication Commissions Open Internet Rules. The rules are now set to go into effect on Nov 20, but they still face challenges in the courts from companies like Metro PCS, Verizon that […]
With AT&T’s T-Mobile Merger All But Dead, It’s Time to Focus on Broadcasters
Congress, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum, Wireless
August 31st, 2011
WASHINGTON, August 31, 2011 – With the Justice Department’s announcement on Wednesday that it will contest AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, the attention should now turn to what some consider the deal’s key driver: getting more wireless spectrum into the hands of broadband providers.
Analysis: Consumers Still Confused About New 4G LTE Systems
Broadband Data, Media ownership, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless
July 20th, 2011
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011- Both AT&T and Verizon taken steps to to deploy their 4G LTE networks in recent months, with Sprint and T-Mobile heavily advertising their existing 4G technologies. With rampant speculation regarding the iPhone 5 industry watchers have predicted that consumers would be clamoring for the faster speeds promised by LTE.
“Not so,” says consumer research firm Retrevo.
Free State Foundation Panel Calls for USF, Intercarrier Compensation Reform
Broadband's Impact, Universal Service
July 14th, 2011
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 – The Free State Foundation, a free-market think thank, assembled key industry experts Wednesday and pressed for the immediate need for reforms to the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation systems.
For the past year, the Federal Communications Commission has worked on updating the Universal Service Fund to handle the demands of broadband expansion rather than voice service.
OECD Releases Open Internet Framework
Intellectual Property, International, Net Neutrality
July 6th, 2011
WASHINGTON July 6, 2011- The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the Communiqué on Principles for Internet Policy Making last week, presenting a new framework of policies that will promote open internet regulations while still protecting the rights of content makers.
The OECD is an international organization composed of 34 governments with a goal of promoting democracy and expanding market economies.
Eshoo Introduces 4G Carrier Transparency Bill
Congress, FCC, House of Representatives, Wireless
June 24th, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2011 – Wednesday Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced legislation that would require wireless 4G carriers to provide consumers with complete and accurate information about their 4G services.
“Consumers deserve to know exactly what they’re getting for their money when they sign-up for a 4G data plan,” said Rep. Eshoo in a statement released on Wednesday.
Expert Opinion: Why the FCC should deny the AT&T / T-Mobile Merger
Expert Opinion, Media ownership, Mobile Broadband, Wireless
June 9th, 2011
In order for the Federal Communications Commission to approve the mega-merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, AT&T has to make a showing that the merger is in the public interest. Despite AT&T’s declaration that this merger is the most pro-consumer, pro-innovation and pro-investment solution to America’s wireless problems, a mega-merger like this can only hurt the broadband market, both for innovators and consumers alike.
ITIF Panel Debates Government Intervention in Broadband Networks
June 2nd, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2011 – The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation assembled a panel Wednesday to debate the merits and minuses of government support of broadband networks.
The Oxford-style debate, “Governments Should Neither Subsidize nor Operate Broadband Networks to Compete with Commercial Ones,” included four panelists. Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF and Jeff Eisenach, Managing Director and Principal of Navigant Economics argued against government intervention; Jim Baller, President of Baller Herbst Law Group, and Chris Mitchell, Director of Telecommunications at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argued in favor.
AT&T Announces LTE Launch
Mobile Broadband, Public Safety, Spectrum, Wireless
May 25th, 2011
WASHINGTON May 25, 2011 – AT&T announced Wednesday that it will upgrade its HPSA+ network to Long Term Evolution (LTE) in five major markets starting this summer, representing the company’s first steps into adopting the standard on its nationwide network.
LTE networks represent upgraded technology from HSPA+ networks, allowing increases in speed capabilities.
Senators Grill Mobile CEOs on AT&T/T-Mobile Merger
Congress, Mobile Broadband, Senate, Spectrum, Wireless
May 12th, 2011
WASHINGTON May 12, 2011- The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights assembled leading mobile CEOs Wednesday to explore the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.
“The proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile will bring together two of the four remaining national cell phone carriers to create the nation’s largest cell phone network, with an estimated 43 percent market share,” said Sen Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chairman of the Subcommittee, setting the tone for the hearing. “Should this deal be approved, AT&T and Verizon will control close to 80 percent of the national cell phone market.”