In a report from Moffett Nathanson, he notes that any change of definition will ‘skew’ penetration statistics due to a significantly drop in the number of people who have what is deemed as broadband under the new definition (due to so many having slow DSL connections or worse).
The National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) is the cable industry’s biggest lobbying organization. When the former FCC boss Michael Powell is the current head of the NCTA and the former NCTA boss Tom Wheeler currently runs the FCC, it is not hard to see why they have so much influence in the telecom industry.
Yet, back in 2012, AT&T blocked Apple’s Facetime over cellular connections unless users signed up for one of their shared data plans. In May of 2013, AT&T blocked Google Hangouts over cellular connections barring a shared data plan. The same goes for Skype.
In 2009, Sprint admitted to Do Not Call violations but claimed that they were due to an “equipment malfunction.” In 2011, Sprint paid $400,000 to the FCC due to additional Do Not Call registry complaints. Then in 2012, Sprint reported even more violations due to “human error and technical malfunctions.”
The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor of advancing a proposal that would allow for broadband providers to charge additional amounts... towards companies that wish to be given access at faster speeds.
“The plan, approved in a three-to-two vote along party lines, could unleash a new economy on the Web where an Internet service...
A total of 145 companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, DropBox, and Yahoo issued a joint statement to FCC boss Tom Wheeler for his proposal to protect network neutrality by destroying it. The letter is not only signed by more than 100 Internet companies but also by two of five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission. In the letter, the companies take issue with Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to regulate broadband providers
Verizon has decided to follow in AT&T’s footsteps and stamp its feet about the restrictions that the FCC is going to put in place to save some chunks of spectrum for smaller operators. Verizon used similar arguments as AT&T by stating that the rules limiting hoarding by the companies with the deepest pockets was “perverse and unjust” and “subsidizing.”
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is about to give Internet Service Providers the ability to charge content companies more for access that people should have already had. The proposal, scheduled for a vote by the FCC on May 15, is a homicide of net neutrality.
Earlier this week, the FCC called AT&T’s bluff and essentially dared them to stay out of the most important wireless spectrum auction in years.
The FCC chairman is reportedly highly skeptical about a potential merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. We’ve seen a failed T-Mobile acquisition before, and if early indications hold true, objections from the FCC may stop a new deal as well.