Preserving Competition and Consumer Choice among Mobile Broadband Providers

No wireless carrier has a 100% network footprint across the entire United States.  So in order for all competitors to offer seamless mobile service, all carriers must interconnect and provide “out of market” “roaming” services to other carriers on reasonable terms and conditions.  The FCC long ago mandated roaming interconnection for mobile voice service. Now…

Concerns Over Comcast Merger

Late last month FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski began circulating an order approving the proposed merger of Comcast with NBC Universal. Throughout the regulatory approval process lawmakers, industry groups, and consumer advocates have called on the FCC and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division to block the proposed combination because it provides no public interest benefits,…

FCC Approves Open Internet Rules

The FCC approved rules today designed to defend consumers’ access to an open Internet. The rules offer some protections to ensure the Internet remains open after a recent court decision invalidated the protections of the FCC’s Internet policy statement for end user access. The FCC’s Open Internet rules do not guarantee anyone’s right to an…

EU Postpones Further Net Neutrality Action For Now

European regulators said Thursday the EU, many of whose member states already have rules to prevent network operators from discriminating against other Internet access providers, would not enact additional rules on net neutrality for now. Europe already has more extensive regulation of last mile broadband access than does the United States, and competition among providers…

Broadband Report Shows Digital Divide Remains

The Commerce Department released its broadband report today showing seven times more customers have high speed Internet service, but that gaps in who has access remain. The report is based on census data from 2001 through 2010.FCC Chairman Genachowski has made closing that digital divide a priority in his National Broadband Plan. He said the…