The FCC is Rolling

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The FCC is Rolling

Except for Commissioner McDowell who is out after emergency gall bladder surgery, the FCC has been pumping out the info. The Broadband.gov site is pumping out info. Broadband maps, consumer speed tests, spectrum database, and the Commish's blog. (The website also highlights the 6 Goals of the National Broadband Plan.)

The Commish launched a video message on YouTube about the Third Option on the subject of Net Neutrality. (The transcript is here). I'm para-phrasing here but: The problems that the Comcast decision has created for consumers and the economy. (That about sums it up).

BTW, I have had some Wireless ISP's email me about my support for Net Neutrality. In short, wireless networks don't fall into the FCC framework right now. Cellular networks are not subject to Title I or II (but some 700 MHz spectrum did come with open access rules that will be near impossible to enforce.)

Of course, the Duopoly is in an uproar over any kind of regulation because of the claim that it will stifle investment. HA! They have been unregulated since 2005, do you see Broadband penetration increasing? Do we have even 10MB available to most homes and businesses? 

David Byrd at Broadvox wrote a blog about his idea for a Third Option. Remember that Transit (a broadband service) has 2 parts: the pipe and the IP packets. The pipe should be regulated. It is a telecommunications service (even if it is over a cable system, a hybrid coax, or an FTTx architecture). And that is the FCC Commish's proposal.

It's regulating the IP packets that is the issue. I don't think the FCC has authority to do that, which means technically that packet shaping by the ISP can be done. The issue for me is two-fold: if we had a 45MB pipe to consumers (as promised by VZ back in 1999 with rate hikes in NJ and Penn), it is less likely we would have issues, since it is difficult to burn up 45MB. Second, if we had competition in Broadband, we needn't worry about Comcast, because there would be a choice. However, the choice is very limited. Satellite, dial-up, DSL or cable. In rare areas, wireless broadband. Oh and cellular. So satellite, dial-up, fixed wireless and cellular all have a bottleneck issue. Only cable and fiber offer truly broadband speeds. Hence, why there Competition is the problem.

On the subject of Satellite: why isn't that regulated? The more you use the slower it gets. I guess, the FCC just doesn't bother with spectrum regulation.

Another way to go is Truth in Advertising. If you say I have a 10MB pipe, you better give me a 10MB pipe. And you better explain "Best Effort".  This would avenue has resulted in a class action lawsuit that AT&T lost. 

Truly, the best Third Option would be more Competition. 



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