For the last eighteen months I felt as if the FCC
thought the cable companies were too powerful as a result of many rulings which seemed to be in favor of the telcos. It seemed even when the telcos were in the wrong they wouldn't really get in trouble and the cable companies seemed to have to walk on egg shells.
Now it seems that cable companies are going to see something come out the FCC which is to their benefit. BusinessWeek reports
that the FCC is backing the cable companies over Verizon
in a alleged marketing scheme having to do with Verizon not porting numbers immediately to cable companies but instead reaching out to the switching customers and offering them gifts and discounts to stay with Verizon.
What is interesting is that Chairman Kevin Martin was the lone dissenter on a 4-1 vote meaning all other commissioners were for this ruling.
Here is an excerpt from the article worth reading:
In an unusual move, on Saturday morning FCC member Robert McDowell released his formal statement that will accompany the formal announcement of the vote.
"Consistent with Congress's intent and Commission precedent in the long-distance context, today we carry out Congress's unambiguous mandate to protect consumer privacy in local markets as well," he wrote.