Competition

Additional Stakeholder Input Could Inform FCC Actions to Promote Broadband Competition

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Government Accountability Office was asked to examine factors affecting broadband competition. This report covers (1) selected experts’ and stakeholders’ views on factors affecting broadband competition and (2) how Federal Communications Commission promotes broadband competition and examines consumers’ experience with it.

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Our Broadband Divides -- And How to Bridge Them

Where is broadband? And where is it ain’t? Since encouragement of universal broadband is the law of the land, these aren’t trivial questions. This week we saw new evidence about where broadband is reaching -- and new clues about how policymakers will approach making sure this critical telecommunications infrastructure reaches everyone.

How The FCC is Using Legal Gymnastics to Excuse Itself From Getting Americans Internet Access

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The Federal Communications Commission is currently in the process of redefining much of rural and low-income America in reverse when it comes to internet access.

Rural Broadband Shouldn't Come at the Expense of Being Affordable and Effective

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

The Federal Communications Commission’s recent inquiry into reducing the minimum speeds for broadband—something that sparked criticism among open internet advocacy groups—is the latest example of how FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has failed to champion policies that would enable rural broadband to succeed once it’s built.

Signs of digital distress: Mapping Broadband Availability and Subscription in American Neighborhoods

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The following research assesses both components of the digital divide, and for the first time studies them in every American metropolitan area and neighborhood. Identifying local gaps—and not just in where telecommunications infrastructure goes, but also who subscribes to it—more comprehensively portrays the extent of digital disconnect.

What You Need To Know About the 2017 Wireless Competition Report.

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has put the 20th Wireless Competition Report on the agenda for the FCC’s September Open Meeting.

The Monopolies that No One Is Talking About

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Leaving aside the discussion for a minute on whether tech platforms like Google and Amazon actually might meet the definition of a monopoly under our nation’s antitrust laws (a precise and economically rigorous definition usually left to the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, or the federal (and sometimes state) court system), we seem to have forgotten about an important part of the digital ecosystem and whether it has a monopoly problem.

FCC Proposes to 'Fix' Rural Broadband by Changing the Definition

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Proposal: Lower the Standard for Broadband So We Can Say Everyone Has Access.

Remarks of Chairman Pai Senior Counsel Nicholas Degani at University of Mississippi Tech Summit

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

What I want to talk about today: the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to harness the power of communications technology to improve the lives of the American people and boost economic growth and US competitiveness. I’d like to focus on three specific priorities. Think of them as the three "I's": Inclusion, Investment, Innovation.

Op-ed: Internet access is essential

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States

There is a national conversation taking place on how to get broadband providers to go the last mile, and strike a balance with electric utilities to utilize their existing or planned infrastructure. And, private investment remains an essential component to any broadband buildout.

Even Many ISP-Backed Allies Think Ajit Pai's Attack On Net Neutrality Is Too Extreme

Location:
USA, United States

Giant Internet service providers and their armies of policy allies often try to frame the effort [to dismantle network neutrality] as a noble quest for deregulation, often insisting they're somehow "restoring internet freedom" in a bare-knuckled attempt to pander to partisan constituents. But by any sane measure the Federal Communications Commission's quest is little more than a massive gift to despised duopolies like Comcast -- at what might be the worst possible time for a severely dysfunctional industry. But there are signs that even many traditional big ISP allies think Ajit Pai's plan is absurdly extreme.

West Virginia’s Broadband Abyss Spurs Solutions Across Ideological Divide

Location:
West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston, WV, 25317, United States

With high-speed internet access in West Virginia’s rural areas seriously wanting, Sen Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) is pushing policy proposals favored by players on the right and left.

Incompas asks FCC to open up cable and internet competition for apartment buildings

Location:
INCOMPAS, 1200 G St. NW (formerly COMPTEL), Washington, DC, 20005, United States

A trade association is asking the Federal Communications Commission to give apartment building tenants more choices when it comes to internet and cable providers.

LRG: Cable Industry Now has 64% Market Share of Broadband Subscribers

Location:
Leichtman Research Group, 3 Ellison Lane, Durham, NH, 03824, United States

Cable companies were mostly up and the top telecommunications companies all were down in high-speed Internet subscriptions during the second quarter 2017.

Digital platforms force a rethink in competition theory

Location:
University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, United Kingdom

Anxiety about the health of competition in the US economy — and elsewhere — is growing. The concern may be well founded but taking forceful action will require economists to provide some practical ways of proving and measuring the harm caused by increasing market power in the digital economy.

Distinguishing Bandwidth and Latency in Households’ Willingness-to-Pay for Broadband Internet Speed

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

We measure households’ willingness-to-pay for changes in key home broadband Internet connection features using data from two nationally administered, discrete choice surveys

A Further Review of the Internet Association's Empirical Study on Network Neutrality and Investment

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States

In a recent perspective, I reviewed a report authored by Dr. Christopher Hooton of the Internet Association on the impact of Net Neutrality regulation on broadband infrastructure investment.

TV and Internet Bundles: A Case Study

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

With few alternatives, many households are choosing to simply cancel the services they need. A 2015 study found that 15% of American adults had abandoned their paid cable or satellite television service.

Speedtest now has a monthly ranking of global internet speeds

Location:
USA, United States

Speedtest has long been the go-to for measuring internet speed, and now it’s launched the Speedtest Global Index, a monthly global ranking that allows you to see how your country stacks up when it comes to internet speed.

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Got a Smartphone? Then You've Got Broadband!

It’s that time of year again. The Federal Communications Commission launched its annual inquiry into whether broadband (or, more formally, “advanced telecommunications capability”) is being deployed to all Americans in a “reasonable and timely fashion.” Although the FCC launched a proceeding in August 2016, asking a number of questions about broadband deployment, the commission did not issue a subsequent report. Under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC is updating the inquiry and asking different questions. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, in response, raised some concerns over how the inquiry is being framed, and how this may lead to a particular outcome. The results of this inquiry will be significant, as they dictate future FCC broadband policy.

One broadband choice still counts as “competition” after court decision on Business Data Services

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 111 S 10th St., St. Louis, MO, 63102, United States

A Federal Communications Commission decision to eliminate price caps in much of the business broadband market can remain in place after a federal judge denied a petition to halt the FCC order.

Report: US Median Broadband Price is $80 Monthly

Location:
Point Topic, 61 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8TL, United Kingdom

The US residential median broadband price was $80 per month during the second quarter of 2017, according to research from Point Topic.

Senate Passes Six Technology and Telecommunications Bills

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

On August 3, the passed the following technology and telecommunications bills ...

Charter has moved millions of customers to new—and often higher—pricing

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States

Charter Communications has moved 30 percent of the customers it acquired in a blockbuster merger onto new pricing plans, resulting in many people paying higher prices.

Why We Despise Cable Providers

Location:
USA, United States

Cable providers are among the most despised businesses in the country, regularly coming in below airlines, banks, and drug companies in public-opinion polls. "Cable is essentially a monopoly now in urban areas,” said Susan Crawford, a professor at Harvard Law School and a former policy adviser to President Barack Obama on science, technology, and innovation.

Pinetops, North Carolina: The Town That Had Free Gigabit Internet

Location:
Pinetops, NC, United States

Pinetops' (NC) fight to get municipal broadband demonstrates how far Big Telecom will go to keep its monopoly.

Why Does South Korea Have Faster Internet for a Cheaper Price Tag?

Location:
Republic of Korea, South Korea

How is it possible that the citizens of the last developed democracy have a faster and more affordable internet than Americans?

President Trump's FCC Chief Has Failed to Justify His Campaign Against Net Neutrality

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

On July 17, Free Press submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission, demonstrating once again that the 2015 decision to base Net Neutrality rules on Title II got it exactly right.

If FCC gets its way, we’ll lose a lot more than net neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Either way, what's almost certain is that the FCC will eliminate the Title II classification of Internet service providers. And that would have important effects on consumer protection that go beyond the core net neutrality rules that outlaw blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.

Assessing the Impact of Removing Regulatory Barriers on Next Generation Wireless and Wireline Broadband Infrastructure Investment

Location:
Economists Incorporated, 2121 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20037, United States

This study evaluates the estimated impact of the Federal Communications Commission’s recent efforts to remove barriers to investment into next-generation wireless and wireline broadband networks, and thereby to accelerate the transition from legacy copper networks to next-generation services.

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