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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?

Comcast-NBC Merger is Failure Two

December 27, 2010

This will be a far reaching rant but I think that it's time the FCC (and other F-Agencies) close their doors. Really. We have a huge deficit and really you just aren't honoring your duties or worth the expense any longer.

The Net Neutrality issue went on for months - and you had plenty of time to talk to the bazillion lobbyists, but couldn't find time to consider the consumer in all of this? 

FCC Net Neutrality

December 21, 2010

Copps and McDowell are on opposing sides of the Net Neutrality rules, which have still not been released to the public (and probably won't be until next week).

McDowell thinks that there is competition. This from the former lawyer at COMPTEL. He knows that there isn't competition -- it's what paid his salary for 10 years at COMPTEL.

Let's Clear Up AT&T 4G

December 21, 2010

So AT&T bought more 700 MHz spectrum; this time from Qualcomm for almost $2B. This was Qualcomm's spectrum from its FloTV project that used analog TV spectrum. In 2007, AT&T skipped the FCC spectrum auction to pay $2.5B for 700 MHz spectrum from Aloha Partners. [Phonescoop has a map of the 700 spectrum.]  So AT&T is shoring up 700 MHz spectrum for its 3G and later 4G/LTE service. VZW bought spectrum in the last FCC auction in the 700 MHz sector, but it came with a stipulation for open access.

Contract Termination Class

December 17, 2010

A mandatory webinar on ETF, Contract Termination and Shortfall Charges today. The ILEC starts out by blaming tariffs for the clunky processes that require Agents to spend so much time and effort every single move, add, change and even upgrade. (One question was, "Do you even want more revenue from the customer? [Because you don't act like it!]).

FCC Net Neutrality Proposal

December 13, 2010

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FCC Commission Members Differ over Network Openness Proposals. Duh! They always do. The commissioners have historically voted along party lines.

Net Neutrality is about saving our economy.

Broadband Numbers Fall

December 13, 2010

Broadband deployment numbers will fall. Why? The FCC has re-defined broadband as 4MB x 1MB and most DSL and 2.5G/3G do not provide that kind of real bandwidth. In the FCC report titled "Internet Access Services: Status as of December 31, 2009," 68% of connections in the US advertised as "broadband" can't really be considered as such because they fall below the agency's most recent minimum requirements." Oops!

FCC and Net Neutrality

December 3, 2010

There's been some buzz this week about the FCC's Internet Policy. We have a couple of problems in America right now: not enough broadband competition and not enough broadband. Without competition, the monopoly ISP doesn't have to build out (see Embarq in Hardee County, FL for an example). Without competition, prices are inflated.

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