Entries Matching: Wireless
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Last week saw two sets of stories tied to a single report that made bombastic assertions about changing mobile data usage patterns. While the assertions themselves are a bit misleading, they do point to an underlying truth – when using data on the go is easy and useful, people do it.
NFL fans, it is time to choose - playoffs or email? Verizon and the NFL announced last month that fans could stream NBC’s wildcard games (Cincinnati/Houston and Detroit/New Orleans), the Pro Bowl, and the Super Bowl on their mobile phones. What they failed to mention was that taking them up on their offer would probably blow through your entire monthly data limit. What they really failed to mention was that once you hit your cap, your next email will cost you $10 in overage fees.
We remember the surrender of General Robert E. Lee
at the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse as the end of the Civil War, despite the
fact that Confederate forces remained in the field for several weeks thereafter.
The announcement by AT&T and Deutsche Telekom (DT) that they have told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismiss their
application to transfer T-Mo to AT&T “without prejudice” is rather similar.
Any tactician knows that battles can be won or
lost by defining the battlefield. Skirmishes like the fight over whether Sprint
and C. Spire (formerly Cell South) can go ahead with their private lawsuits
against AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile help define the terrain for the
bigger fights to come (order here). By ruling on what constitutes a recognizable injury
under the antitrust rules and making preliminary determinations about the
nature of the market, the Order sets the boundaries of what arguments DoJ can
make and what it will need to do to prove its case. Where AT&T manages to
have certain market definitions locked in and certain potential injuries
excluded as not cognizable under antitrust in these early rounds, it gains an