Items tagged "Special Access"

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Could #ATTMobile Trial Be Only Act I?

September 22, 2011 AT&T , Special Access

U.S. Dist. Judge Ellen Huvelle made it clear yesterday she will be a strict traffic cop for the Justice Department’s (DoJ) challenge to AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile.  The trial will start next Feb. 13, splitting the difference between AT&T, which wanted a January start, and DoJ, which wanted March.

Regardless of how the Justice Department’s case comes out, however, one valuable lesson has already become clear.  This country is only one deal away, two at most, of seeing the emergence of a new-age telecommunications industrial trust with power not seen since the old Bell System was broken up.

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3G or 4G? Using Special Access to Impress People at Parties

June 2, 2010 Broadband , Choke Points , Competition , Special Access , Wireless

If you are a regular reader of this blog, there is a good chance that you are the type of person who gets questions about choosing cell phones from family, friends, and when you go to cocktail parties.  People probably ask for your opinion about this phone or that, or the merits of one carrier vs. another.

In the next few weeks you are probably going to be getting new questions about networks, specifically about 3G vs. 4G.  If you really want to blow the mind of the person asking you the question, you can tell that it may not matter.

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DOJ Investigation of Telecoms: Not Your Father’s Antitrust.

July 6, 2009 Antitrust , AT&T , Competition , FTC , Special Access

Although the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) has not confirmed it, the Wall St. Journal reported that DOJ is internally considering whether or not companies "such as AT&T and Verizon" have abused their market power. Most traditional antitrust lawyers I've seen quoted don't think it likely the telcos have market power — especially given the hostility that courts have recently shown to antitrust. Indeed, in a world where even potential competition is supposed to be part of the market analysis, how can a modest 60% of the wireless market shared by the two companies, with no evidence of price fixing or coordinated behavior, support any sort of antitrust action?

Welcome to the more grown up and sophisticated view of market power in the more complex real world.

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No Choke Points

June 23, 2009 Broadband , Choke Points , Competition , FCC , Special Access

There is a lot of talk and concern these days in the halls of Congress and at both the FCC and the FTC about how to promote greater broadband and wireless phone competition.

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