Entries Matching: Mobile Communication
Rumors or announcements of mergers often drop on Friday afternoons, especially around holidays. This time it's the Wall Street Journal reporting that Sprint is considering a bid for T-Mobile.
I have some thoughts on this! Basically, the national wireless market is already too concentrated. We need more, not less competition.
The Associated Press reported that cell phone
service had been shut down in Boston in the aftermath of today’s tragic
Boston Marathon bombing. Happily, this report — sourced to an anonymous
official — appears to be mistaken. Verizon and Sprint report that their
networks are overwhelmed by the sudden spike in volume (common after
a sudden disaster) but they have not been asked to suspend service and are in
fact looking to increase capacity.
Rarely do you see companies double-dare the FCC to back up
their brave talk about promoting competition. That is, however, what AT&T
has just decided to do – with a little help from Verizon. After gobbling a ton
of spectrum last year in a series of
small transactions, AT&T announced earlier this week it would buy up
ATNI, which holds the last shreds of the old Alltel Spectrum. To top this off,
Verizon just announced it has selected the purchaser for the 700 MHz spectrum
it promised to sell off to get permission to buy the SpectrumCo spectrum. And
Today, Verizon Wireless announced its new pricing plans for mobile phones and data. If you mostly use your phone for data, this is bad news.
Verizon's New Pricing Plan
Today, we filed comments with a number of other public interest groups urging the FCC to issue rules that would prevent state and local governments from shutting off cell service in situations like the BART protests of last summer.
The comments that we filed today were replies to several issues raised in the first round. In particular, we were responding to arguments raised about who gets to initiate shutdowns, the constitutionality of some proposed and existing shutdown procedures, and the fact that government agencies cutting of access to the public airwaves still runs afoul of the First Amendment, even if they're cutting off access in areas that aren't traditional public forums.