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All Those in Favor

June 3, 2011

The Benton Foundation notes that there are over 10,000 comments to the FCC about the ATT/T-Mobile merger. Unions and relatives are competing against consumer groups for the robo-comments.

Meanwhile, MetroPCS officially opposed it, but wants to buy all the assets that ATT will have to spin off.

"The New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel says the Federal Communications Commission should deny the application of AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA's assets and operations from Deutsche Telekom AG because the proposed transaction is not in the public interest," according to Benton.

Crazy News Tidbits

May 27, 2011

"The U.S. Postal Service continues to hemorrhage money, posting a net loss of $747 million in April, and an accumulated net loss of $3.3 billion in the first seven months of its fiscal year." [BtoB] That's crazy! It is time to privatize the USPS and maybe people have to go pickup their own mail.

This guy was so mad at TW Cable that he took out full page ads to yell at them!

Schools and Libraries are Off Limits

May 12, 2011

Saw this notice today: "AT&T corporate policy prohibits Alliance Channel Solution Providers from selling AT&T services to E-Rate eligible customers (which includes all K-12 schools and public libraries). Do not engage in sales activity of any kind with E-Rate eligible customers."

That's interesting because almost all schools and libraries are E-Rate eligible (if they do the paperwork). So if Agents want to sell to schools and libraries, Agents will need to bring in a different carrier.

The FCC is Reforming

May 2, 2011

The FCC is working on reforms.

Reply comments are due on Comprehensive USF and Inter-Carrier Compensation reform NPRM (notice of proposed rulemaking).

AT&T and T-Mobile Applications Have Been Filed (here) and the FCC Opens Docket for Proposed Transfer of Control of T-Mobile USA, Inc. to AT&T Inc.. Please comment.

A Message for Dan Hesse

April 26, 2011

The merger of AT&T and T-Mobile will likely have extreme anti-competitive effects on the mobile industry. Certainly, the DOJ and the two F-Agencies (FTC and FCC) need to take note that mobile is churning the service economy of America right now and this merger could derail that. That being said, I have this to say to the CEO of Sprint, Dan Hesse:

You have lawyers and lobbyists and SVP's. Let them carry this fight for you.

Satellite Wants FCC Funds

April 20, 2011

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Of course. Why shouldn't another bunch of billion dollar companies ask the federal government for money. From the Benton Foundation: "A group of satellite broadband providers -- Dish Network, EchoStar Technologies, ViaSat/Wildblue Communications and Hughes Network Systems -- told the Federal Communications Commission that they should be allowed to participate in the Connect America Fund."

What's ironic is that Hughes Communications, the holding company that operates Hughes Network Systems, was purchased by Echostar in February. Echostar owns DISH Network.

Rulings on VoIP All Over the Place

April 13, 2011

So we have a ruling against MagicJack and Ymax that AT&T won that supposedly will just require some tariff changes for MagicJack to be back in the game - collecting its $5M.  There was also a VoIP traffic ruling against PAETEC in favor of CommPartners that basically said that an all-VoIP stream was not subject to access fees, which might be the same ruling in this case.

The FCC held a meeting about Inter-Carrier Comp last week. No ruling or order followed. Why would it?

Cellular Mergers

April 11, 2011

Free Conference Services Blocked

January 27, 2011

Over on a Voice Ops listserv, some ITSP's are discussing blocking access to free conference calling services. One, I'm not certain that is legal. I think a complaint to the FCC could make an ITSP's day go south.

Two, bad press from blocking could lead to negative branding.

2 Questions for Kevin Martin

January 27, 2011

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As you may know, one of my two favorite FCC Chairmen, K-Mart will be speaking at ITEXPO. I'm not certain I'll get to ask these questions to him, since that restraining order may still be in effect*.

1) How come before you were Chairman of the FCC you were pro-competition, but as soon as you sat in the big chair, became anti-competitive? (Kind of like Commissioner Powell, who was pro-competition during his employment at COMPTEL, but who has been on the other side since appointment.) My understanding is that your appointment to Chairman was a deal with Karl Rove through partners like IMPACT with a promise for a Senate run. Is there truth to this?

2) How come the 9/11 Commission fixes to the Public Safety architecture in America had to wait until 2011 to be implemented for First Responders?



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