AT&T to Verizon : “We’ll Keep the World Safe for Big Telecom Mergers, You Go Kill That Pesky FCC Open Internet Rule”

Ahh, the co-ordinated effects possible between two giant duopolists. Now that the trial schedule has been set for the new 21st century U.S. v. AT&T antitrust case, AT&T litigators will be vigorously defending in court the iconic behmoth’s right to acquire and thereby eliminate one of its three national mobile telecom competitors, T-Mobile.  If successful, the acquisition…

IRS Tax Prep Not A Budget Solution

CCIA has long opposed efforts in Congress to implement “Return-Free Filing”, a proposal under which the IRS would fill out tax returns and send them to the taxpayer for approval — rather than have taxpayers fill them out themselves.  We object to Return-Free due to factors such as government competition with the private sector, the…

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%),…