CCIA Asks DC Circuit to Tell FCC to Rule on Monopoly Pricing for Internet Access

In January 2005, the FCC opened a rulemaking docket to the FCC’s regulation of the “special access” rates that businesses and millions of customers pay to the largest telephone companies for broadband connections to the Internet.  Despite overwhelming evidence of wildly excessive pricing (profit margins for companies that control high-capacity broadband lines are over 100%),…

AT&T Lobbies Over The Heads of FCC, Cabinet Officials

AT&T has filed FCC applications to acquire another competitor.  The FCC must decide whether the proposed license transfers are in the public interest .  The FCC has already found deficiencies in competition among nationwide wireless carriers in its latest report.  Recent Sprint deals with cash-poor Clearwire and spectrum starved non-operational start-up Lightsquared hardly alter the…

AT&T Lobbies Over The Heads of FCC, Cabinet Officials

AT&T has filed FCC applications to acquire another competitor.  The FCC must decide whether the proposed license transfers are in the public interest .  The FCC has already found deficiencies in competition among nationwide wireless carriers in its latest report.  Recent Sprint deals with cash-poor Clearwire and spectrum starved non-operational start-up Lightsquared hardly alter the…

AT&T Swallows Competition – Haven’t We Seen this Movie Before?

This all seems eerily familiar.  AT&T uses JP Morgan’s money to buy-out up-start competitors.  The firm argues to antitrust authorities that its monopolist tendencies will provide the benefit of expanding connectedness to more Americans.  Thus, the argument went, elimination of competition was really for the public’s benefit. Whether these events recall the creation of the…

AT&T Swallows Competition – Haven’t We Seen this Movie Before?

This all seems eerily familiar.  AT&T uses JP Morgan’s money to buy-out up-start competitors.  The firm argues to antitrust authorities that its monopolist tendencies will provide the benefit of expanding connectedness to more Americans.  Thus, the argument went, elimination of competition was really for the public’s benefit. Whether these events recall the creation of the…