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.
EU Puts the Brakes On Apple's Shazam Acquisition
Apr 23, 2018
The European Commission is holding up Apple's planned acquisition of Shazam. "The Commission is concerned that the merger could reduce choice for users of music streaming services," said the Commission in a statement.
Dish's Designated Entities Give Up 197 Spectrum Licenses
Oct 2, 2015
Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo surrendered 197 AWS-3 spectrum licenses and paid a $413 million fine to the FCC for defaulting on their $3.3 billion payment. Dish Networks participated in this year's auction through Northstar and SNR.
FCC Pushes Plan that Would Squeeze Out Huawei and ZTE
Apr 17, 2018
The FCC today moved forward with a plan that would make it harder and/or more expensive for U.S. companies to buy equipment from corporations that might pose a security risk.
Consumer Groups Demand Broadband Privacy Laws
Jan 20, 2016
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.