Alliance for Broadband Competition Wants Verizon Deal Probed
The Alliance for Broadband Competition today filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission requesting that it probe Verizon's proposed acquisition of 122 AWS spectrum licenses from SpectrumCo. The ABC is specifically concerned about the cross-marketing agreements that Verizon has struck with the cable companies involved with the deal. It worries that the deal will result in anti-competitive practices, price increases, reduced consumer choice, and possible discriminatory conduct and control over in-home Wi-Fi equipment. The group wants the FCC to "ask the parties to state whether they will impose any commercial or practical limitations on access to the network, and whether they will make their wireline networks available for use by competing WiFi offload networks on non-discriminatory terms and conditions." Verizon's proposal has met with resistance from a number of companies and organizations. It is currently undergoing federal review.
Consumer Groups Demand Broadband Privacy Laws
Dozens of consumer action groups have petitioned the FCC to install regulations that would protect the privacy of the nation's wired and wireless broadband users. The groups believe broadband providers — including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, and others — should be subject to tough privacy standards.
FCC Officially Approves AT&T/DirecTV Acquisition
The FCC today gave formal approval to AT&T's proposed acquisition of satellite TV provider DirecTV. The FCC believes that as long as AT&T adheres to the conditions of the deal, it will serve the broader public interest.
FCC Awards Spectrum Licenses to AWS-3 Bidders
The FCC today officially granted some winning bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction the licenses allowing them to take ownership of the airwaves. The AWS-3 spectrum auction concluded earlier this year, with AT&T, Dish Networks, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless the top four bidders.
FCC Agrees to Help Better Define Data Roaming Rates
The FCC today granted T-Mobile's petition that the agency "provide guidance on the application of the commercial reasonableness standard" with respect to data roaming rates. T-Mobile filed the petition earlier this year in order to help it and other carriers negotiate better roaming rates with larger rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless.