Items tagged "Mobile Communication"

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Justice Department Sues to Block ATT/T-Mobile Merger

August 31, 2011 Antitrust , AT&T , Competition , Mobile Communication , Wireless

Today, the Justice Department announced that it is filing suit in federal court to block the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, saying that it violates Section 7 of the Clayton Act, which prohibits mergers that may “substantially lessen competition, or tend to create a monopoly.”

Specifically, the DOJ was concerned with the effects of the consolidation on consumers and innovation, saying that the merger would likely lead to higher prices, poorer quality service, and less innovation and variety in wireless mobile products.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Prevent Future BART-like Shutdowns

August 29, 2011 Jamming , Mobile Communication , Non-Discrimination , Public Safety , Radio Interference

Today, Public Knowledge, joined by a wide variety of consumer, civil rights, and civil liberties groups, urged the FCC to immediately pass rules that would prevent local authorities from ordering a shutdown of wireless services the way that BART did earlier this month. As Harold’s earlier blog post points out, we don’t even need to get to the (extremely pressing and important) First Amendment issues to find that BART’s actions violated the law—the Communications Act, to be precise.

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Why Shutting Down Cell Service Is Not Just Against The Law, It’s a Really Bad Idea

August 23, 2011 BART , Enforcement , FCC , Mobile Communication

I suppose I am really a telecom lawyer at heart. My reaction to the news that the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police shut down cellphone networks in a number of stations on August 11 had nothing to do with democracy, the First Amendment, Tahrir Square, etc. With all deference to the importance of these concerns, my reaction was WHAT DO YOU MEAN THESE IDIOTS MESSED WITH THE PHONE SYSTEM? From my perspective, and the perspective of traditional telecom law, BART could just as well have turned off the local central office and all this chatter about whether or not BART is a public forum is just a distraction.

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On today’s podcast we discuss arbitrary wireless internet limits, the potential marriage of DirectTV and Hulu, and the new British report on using evidence to make copyright policy.  We also solicit questions from our listeners for future shows.

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App Developers Need Competition, Not Consolidation in the Wireless Industry

July 14, 2011 Choke Points , Mobile Communication , Spectrum , Wireless

Independent app developers would be harmed by reduced competition in the wireless market. But according to Morgan Reed of the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), nothing’s going to help independent mobile app developers more than the AT&T/T-Mobile merger–apparently app developers should look forward to the day when the gatekeepers that stand in the way of them and their customers have more power.

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Lots of Potential Buyers for T-Mobile if they Want to Leave the US Market

June 7, 2011 AT&T , Competition , Mobile Communication , Spectrum , Wireless

One of the recurring myths perpetrated by the supporters of the AT&T-T-Mobile merger is that AT&T is the only viable, economically able purchaser of T-Mobile, whose parent company Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced its intention to pull out of the US market.  Witness an email blast by the Communications Workers of America, which despite the reality that this merger will cost thousands of jobs, supports it:

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PK In the Know Podcast

June 3, 2011 AT&T , Competition , FCC , Mobile Communication , Monopoly

In today’s jam-packed podcast, we discuss the AT&T/T-Mobile merger opposition filings, a new Tennessee law that makes it illegal to share your password, Lady Gaga and the future of digital music sales, Timothy B. Lee’s application of Doctored Reviews’ principles, and YouTube’s announcement that it is embracing Creative Commons licensing and remixing.

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PK In the Know Podcast

April 22, 2011 AT&T , Competition , Fair Use , Mobile Communication , Wireless

On today’s podcast, we discuss how you could win $1,000 for explaining copyright, AT&T’s pitch to the FCC as to why it should be allowed to buy T-Mobile, and update two past stories.  We also chat with Grant Schindler about his 3D-scanning iPhone app Trimensional.

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The Likely AT&T Playbook for Securing Authority to Acquire T-Mobile

March 29, 2011 Mobile Communication , Monopoly , Wireless

The following is a guest blog post by Rob Frieden, Professor of Telecommunications and Law at Penn State University.

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The Case Against AT&T&T (Part I)

March 29, 2011 AT&T , Competition , Mobile Communication , Spectrum , Wireless

Public Knowledge unequivocally opposes the proposed merger of AT&T, the 2nd largest national wireless carrier, with T-Mobile, the fourth (out of four) largest national wireless carrier.  If the $39 billion merger is approved, the combined entity would serve anywhere between 42-44% of all wireless subscribers, and together, AT&T&T and Verizon would control nearly 80% of all subscribers, with a weakened Sprint far behind.  So much for the wonderfully competitive wireless market that is the mantra of every debate on network neutrality and broadband deployment!

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