Reports today are indicating that AT&T really doesn’t want its acquisition of T-Mobile to fall through, and is going so far as to consider a large asset sale to seal the deal with regulators. Ma Bell is quietly chatting up smaller competitors like MetroPCS and Leap Wireless to sell spectrum and subscribers, according to sources.
Last September, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formalized a set of technical rules for the use of unused broadcast spectrum between TV frequencies (also known as “white space”), paving the way for what is being dubbed Super Wi-Fi. However, one final formality still remained: the finalization of the new wireless standard.
Net neutrality's motto is simple: Hey ISPs, don't tell us what to do with the Internet. Comcast's P2P traffic-shaping fiasco kicked the movement into high gear a few years back. The net neutrality dream took one step closer to becoming reality yesterday, as the FCC officially registered its hotly debated rules with the Office of Management and Budget – a vital step towards getting the new law on the books. There's still a hard road ahead, however; pissed-off companies are expected to throw legal challenge after legal challenge at the proposed regulations.
We reported on Wednesday that Meredith Baker, one of the FCC commissioners who approved the NBC-Comcast merger, will be leaving her post to work for – you guessed it – Comcast. Don't forget to shut the "Impartial Agent of the Government" door behind you, Meredith.
The media has pretty soundly crapped on the move. The negative feedback isn't surprising – especially once you consider that Baker spent the entire approval process whining about the length of the process and trying to rubber-stamp the deal. Today, Baker released a statement in her defense.
One of the four FCC commissioners that approved the Comcast-NBC deal has announced that she will be leaving the FCC at the end of her term in June. You'll never guess where she's going to work. Yep, Comcast. Meredith Attwell Baker will be Comcast's new SVP of government affairs.
AT&T recently filed a public interest statement with the FCC on its proposed T-Mobile acquisition, and in the process of doing so, comes out and says (in not so many words) that its network is ill equipped to handle Apple's iPhone, let alone the barrage of new smartphones and tablets on the horizon. Why would AT&T admit something like this? Let's have a look at the filing.
AT&T has taken the first official step in gaining regulatory approval for its proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA. The FCC has received AT&T's application to take over the wireless spectrum licenses held by T-Mobile, as well as supporting documentation. This begins the (likely) long process of hearings and investigations that could end with AT&T swallowing up the nation's smallest carrier.
AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion. You already know this, and you also know that Sprint is vehemently opposed to the deal. Verizon is so far indifferent, or at least that's the face they're putting on publicly. What we don't know yet is how the FCC is going to react to the proposed acquisition, and that's what the deal ultimately hinges on. If recent comments made by an FCC official are any indication, AT&T's legal team has their work cut out for them.
The FCC has made it known they are about to step up efforts to counter the use of cellular and GPS jamming equipement. The FCC is reminding people in the nicest possible way that these devices are illegal before they start increased enforcement. Some businesses and schools have taken to using these inexpensive devices to cut down on disruptive cell phone use. No more says the FCC.
At first glance, a new study commissioned by the wireless industry seems reasonable. The study was done by Recon Analytics based on data acquired by Neilson Company. The numbers indicate that only 0.3% of US wireless customers would benefit financially from switching to a higher voice plan, rather than paying occasional overages. Sure, the numbers don't lie, but it’s the final conclusion of the reports that's got us scratching our heads.