If dominant incumbent operators are punished for their success by having their access to additional spectrum restricted, the upshot may well be slower innovation rather than more competition, according to a new report from Robert Hahn and Peter Passell, economists specializing in regulation.
Time Warner Cable EVP of Corporate Strategy Kevin Leddy and Verizon Executive Director of Public Policy Development David Young will speak at the Gigabit Community Broadband Workshop that the FCC will hold in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the commission said.
The U.S. Senate voted against a proposal that would have cut cell phones out of the FCC's Lifeline program. The vote, largely along party lines, likely will generate a sigh of relief among the likes of TracFone, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and other wireless carriers that receive Lifeline funds in order to provide wireless service to low-income Americans.
The FCC issued its 16th Wireless Competition Report on Friday. The report is full of good news about innovation, investment, and competition. But the finest news is that U.S. consumers get the best value in the world, have abundant choices, and make great use of both.
Alabama local exchange carrier Otelco said it filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, three months after its wholesale contract with Time Warner Cable ( NYSE: TWC ) expired.
In its 16th report on the state of competition in the wireless market, the FCC struck the tone it has taken in the past two reports, noting that it "makes no formal finding as to whether there is, or is not, effective competition in the industry."
The FCC signaled it plans to auction new spectrum blocks, the 1695-1710 MHz band and the 1755-1780 MHz band, as early as 2014, giving the CTIA and wireless carriers another victory in their quest to free up more radio waves for mobile broadband.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said he still step down from his post in the coming weeks after nearly four years as the chief of the commission. His announcement ends months of speculation about if or when he would depart and comes just days after his colleague, Republican Commissioner Robert McDowell, said he will also resign in the next few weeks.
Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is expected to announce sometime today that he will step down.
The FCC signaled its intention to auction two bands of spectrum--1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz--as early as September 2014.