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The ATT-T-Mobile Merger Rumors

May 19, 2011

Originally I had heard that the break-up fee was $3B, which meant (to me) that this deal was going to go through. Then there were reports it was $6B, which means there is no stopping it. (And let's not forget that AT&T cooperates nicely with the NSA and other government groups, who will put pressure on to allow this merger to go through.)

The Congressional hearings last week, where Stephenson basically said that although AT&T has a lot of spectrum, they have mismanaged that spectrum. Nice. So the whole industry pays for your mistakes?

Anyway rumor today is that AT&T will offer up wireline divestiture as a merger condition.



A Little Anti-Trust Rant

March 30, 2011

A CLEC filed suit against VZ for anti-trust this week. For those of you unfamiliar with operating a CLEC, ISP or OTT VoIP company, let me explain what I have seen over 11 years of servicing this industry.

Ma Bell has long standing promotions to compete against any quote from TWT. So long standing that by now they should be tariff rates.

Tariff is what the employees of the ILEC's consistently blame everything on. Tariffs are written by the ILEC and can be changed at will.



Local CLEC Sues Verizon for Anti-Trust

March 30, 2011

AstroTel, a local CLEC in Sarasota, FL, filed the complaint in federal court in the Middle District of Florida against Verizon Communications, Inc. and Verizon Florida, LLC for repeated violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, the Lanham Act, and the RICO Act.  The complaint was filed in the context of AstroTel’s Chapter 11 Reorganization which began four months earlier.  The reorganization itself is the result of ongoing contract disputes between AstroTel and Verizon Florida, LLC.

As I understand it, VZ repeatedly used CPNI information that by Federal law they are required to protect to market to AstroTel customers. The Duopoly as a whole does it.

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.

Verizon Got a Bailout?!

December 6, 2010

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.

Just Another Party Pooper

December 2, 2010

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