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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?



Bits and Pieces

January 24, 2011

The TCA has over 370 agent members now. Certification is underway. Are you becoming a Certified Telecom Professional?  

STS Telecom and Saturn Telecommunications became part of Deltacom today, which is now EarthLink Business, according to an FCC filing.

Not So Shocking News

January 20, 2011

The FCC approved the merger of Comcast and NBCU (announcement pdf here) "with conditions and enforceable commitments", whatever that means, since its enforcement history has been simply laughable in fostering any competition at all.

"As part of the merger, Comcast-NBCU will be required to take affirmative steps to foster competition in the video marketplace. In addition, Comcast-NBCU will increase local news coverage to viewers; expand children's programming; enhance the diversity of programming available to Spanish-speaking viewers; offer broadband services to low-income Americans at reduced monthly prices; and provide high-speed broadband to schools, libraries and underserved communities, among other public benefits."

I agree with FCC Commish Copps, "But all the majority's efforts--diligent though they were--to ameliorate these harms cannot mask the truth that this Comcast-NBCU joint venture grievously fails the public interest. I searched in vain for the benefits." Haven't we seen enough Too-Big-To-Fail??

Merger Conditions for Comcast

December 28, 2010

TMC has the Comcast-NBC merger fully covered - here, here, here, here and the story of Congresswoman Waters.  Waters wants a written plan for diversity included in the merger paperwork. Without teeth, Comcast could write anything down. Where's the enforcement coming from?

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