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Monday, August 30, 2010

GAO Recommends FCC Monitor Cellular Providers

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Talk" @ 07:30 AM

http://www.electronista.com/article...ll.competition/

"The US General Accounting Office on Thursday sent out a report (PDF) warning about mixed results for competition in the cellular industry. It said competition had decayed significantly as moves to consolidate the industry in the hands of just a few carriers, such as Verizon's buyout of Alltel, was making it "more difficult" for smaller carriers to offer a real challenge. About two thirds of cellphone users are AT&T or Verizon customers where Sprint, T-Mobile and smaller networks make up the rest."

I'm not going to get into the "more regulation" vs. "market competition" argument here. I'm just glad someone is paying attention to the cell phone industry. According to the GAO, cell plans have dropped 50% when you factor in inflation, and coverage has improved over the same time period. However, they want the FCC to monitor the industry closely to watch trends. Personally, I don't see a problem with monitoring the cell industry at all, and it'll be interesting to see what data comes out of that monitoring if the FCC chooses to follow the GAO's recommendations. I'd especially like to see them monitoring things like data plan and text messaging costs over the next few years.

Tags: fcc, cellular, gao

Monday, August 24, 2009

Apple's Reply to the FCC Over App Store Approval Process

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/...fm?newsid=26972

"Apple has sent a long press release responding to questions raised by the Federal Communications Commission over Apple's App Store and its application approval process."

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Apple goes question by question (after a lengthy explanation of the situation from their perspective) and reprints the FCC's questions as well as the answer that Apple submitted. You can read the entire document at Apple, if you are so inclined. 


Monday, April 6, 2009

Skype Restriction Violating Federal Law?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/139...html?lsrc=mwnws

"Since its release on Tuesday, Skype for iPhone has been downloaded more than a million times-that's a rate of six downloads a second, according to the company. All this despite the fact the software only works via the iPhone's Wi-Fi connection, and not AT&T's 3G network. That restriction has angered some, who have argued that the practice is anti-competitive. Those allegations have been turned up a notch now, as the Wall Street Journal reports that an Internet advocacy group called Free Press has asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate whether or not the restriction is in violation of federal law."

Freepress, which is an Internet advocacy group, has asked the FCC to investigate Skype for the restriction. The claim is that it is a violation of the FCC's Internet Policy Statement. Freepress posted their letter, in which they ask the FCC to confirm that mobile internet access falls under same guidelines as traditional broadband Internet. The U.S. isn't the only country that has companies that are restricting use of a 3G network. T-Mobile in Germany is restricting VoIP usage to 3G, with an added restriction on the use of some of it's own Wi-fi networks.


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