[29 Jun 2012 | One Comment | 197,029 views]
Verizon Silences T-Mobile: Wireless Industry Consolidation and Cross-Industry Collusion — Verizon Wireless, Comcast and T-Mobile

As cable giant Comcast agrees to settle charges with the FCC for violating the terms of its merger with NBC-Universal, Verizon Wireless gets a tip of the hat from the commission for agreeing to sell portions of spectrum licenses to the spectrum-desperate T-Mobile in exchange for an estimated $260 million in cash.
Comcast settled with the commission for a mere $800,000 after it was found guilty of infringing upon antitrust provisions by not sufficiently marketing its standalone internet service, as was required by the agreement. And now, Verizon Wireless is swapping …

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Business & Policy, Featured, Licensing, Net Neutrality, Wireless Communications »

[22 Aug 2012 | No Comment | 6,757 views]
FCC Chairman Gives Verizon-SpectrumCo Deals Approval, With Restrictions

After FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued a statement urging the rest of the commissioners to approve Verizon Wireless’ $3.9 billion purchase of nationwide AWS spectrum from the SpectrumCo consortium of cable companies, with significant restrictions and limitations on the potentially anti-competitive cross-marketing deals. It now appears the deals will move forward toward approval by both the FCC and Department of Justice.
As Chairman Genachowksi’s memo circulates around the FCC, Verizon and SpectrumCo, a joint venture of cable companies including Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, and Cox Communications have …

Business & Policy, Headline, Licensing, Net Neutrality, Wireless Communications »

[29 Jun 2012 | One Comment | 197,029 views]
Verizon Silences T-Mobile: Wireless Industry Consolidation and Cross-Industry Collusion — Verizon Wireless, Comcast and T-Mobile

As cable giant Comcast agrees to settle charges with the FCC for violating the terms of its merger with NBC-Universal, Verizon Wireless gets a tip of the hat from the commission for agreeing to sell portions of spectrum licenses to the spectrum-desperate T-Mobile in exchange for an estimated $260 million in cash.
Comcast settled with the commission for a mere $800,000 after it was found guilty of infringing upon antitrust provisions by not sufficiently marketing its standalone internet service, as was required by the agreement. And now, Verizon Wireless is swapping …

Featured, Wireless Communications »

[1 Jun 2012 | 8 Comments | 14,644 views]
Cell Phone Privacy and Data Security: The FCC Wants Your Input

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating the issue of cell phone privacy and data security and is seeking public comment on the matter.
In a public notice issued on May 25, 2012 the FCC, in conjunction with the Wireline Competition Bureau, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Office of General Counsel, announced that it is soliciting comments “regarding the privacy and data security practices of mobile wireless service providers with respect to customer information stored on their users’ mobile communications devices, and the application of existing privacy and security requirements …

Headline, Net Neutrality »

[8 May 2012 | 2 Comments | 19,006 views]
Al Franken Urges FCC and DOJ to Investigate Comcast for Antitrust Violations

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has long been a strong supporter of network neutrality, frequently speaking out against proposed ventures that violate this stance. From the get-go, Senator Franken was opposed to the 2010 merger between Comcast and NBC Universal, seeing the joint venture as a violation of antitrust laws. It now seems that his fears about the future goals of Comcast were not unwarranted, prompting him to fire off a letter to the Federal Communications Commitment and the Department of Justice calling for an investigation into the company’s practices.
In the …

Business & Policy, Featured, Wireless Communications »

[4 May 2012 | 2 Comments | 8,285 views]
AT&T points fingers again: We didn’t raise prices; the FCC did

AT&T is heating up its retaliatory campaign against the Federal Communications Commission for denying its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. Speaking at a conference, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson claimed once again that the merger’s death directly resulted in AT&T’s decision to raise mobile data price by 30 percent earlier this year, The Hill reported.
Stephenson chose a fitting pulpit to attack the FCC. He delivered his speech before the Milken Institute, founded and named after junk-bond trader Michael Milken, who was convicted of felony securities violations in 1990 and sentenced to …