Archive for: fcc

Shocker: AT&T Lied About T-Mobile Merger.

  • August 12, 2011 8:11 pm

AT&T has a reputation — for screwing their customers over. And that reputation just got another black eye today with the leak of partially redacted FCC documents. The biggest sham that’s been revealed is AT&T’s claim to absolutely, 100%, they will die if they don’t, need T-Mobile’s spectrum to hit their 97% LTE coverage footprint, and rollout said network in a timely manner. The truth: they don’t…

Sprint Officially Files “Petition To Deny” With FCC Over AT&T/T-Mobile Merger.

  • May 31, 2011 4:00 pm

Despite constant news coverage of Sprint claiming they highly disapproved of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger as well as plenty of on-the-record quotes from various Sprint execs also singing the same tune, the company hasn’t actually filed any of the necessary paperwork with the FCC.

Better late than never — Today Sprint officially filed a “Petition to Deny” request with FCC reiterating many of the complaints they’ve voiced thus far. They include:

  • AT&T/T-Mobile will hurt the U.S. broadband economy and consumers
  • AT&T/T-Mobile merger will hurt innovation and investment
  • AT&T/T-Mobile merger doesn’t hold any public interest benefit

Sprint also hits home the fact that a combined AT&T and T-Mobile would hold over 80% of the U.S. cellular revenue — a very, very bad idea.

Hopefully those responsible in our government can see the devil in the details…

FCC Denies Public Disclosure Of AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Documents.

  • April 27, 2011 9:40 pm

Fans of government transparency entranced with the ongoing AT&T/T-Mobile merger will likely need to pop a Xanax after hearing news that the FCC is barring the public disclosure of documents concerning said merger.

We adopt [these] procedures to provide more limited access to certain especially competitively sensitive information that may be filed in this proceeding, which, if released to competitors or those with whom the Submitting Party does business, would allow those persons to gain a significant advantage in the marketplace or in negotiations. We anticipate that such materials will be necessary to develop a more complete record on which to base the Commission’s decision. While we are mindful of the highly sensitive nature of such information, we are also mindful of the right of the public to participate in this proceeding in a meaningful way.

For the record, Sprint has requested access to certain documents as well as hired a third-party law firm to glance over many more. With that said, while we understand the FCC’s reasoning in that there are likely certain sensitive topics that shouldn’t be revealed to competitors from a business perspective, denying all documents is a tad shortsighted.

Hopefully some transparency trickles out before a yay/nay decision is reached as hundreds of millions of people will be affected.

FCC Reveals Full Net Neutrality Rules and Guidelines. #netneutrality

  • December 23, 2010 7:15 pm

Two days ago, the FCC approved by a narrow 3-2 vote to enact the controversial set of rules and guidelines called “net neutrality”. The aim is to make the internet a fairer place, free from anti-competitive actions and policies pushed by big companies. The road from concept to “law” has been long and hard, with some arguing the end result is a far cry from what was originally intended. To some degree, critics of the recently approved net neutrality are right — there are barely any stipulations for wireless internet. As for the wired type, their are three main things: Transparency, No blocking, and No unreasonable discrimination.

With that said, the FCC released the full set of Net Neutrality text in its entirety (PDF) tonight so that we the people can find out just how “fair” the groundbreaking set of guidelines really are. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, give it a look and let us know what you think.

FCC: “We hereby decree, 100Mbps internet for all…”

  • February 16, 2010 1:58 pm

Google may be the talk of the town with their proposed 1Gbps super-network, grabbing headlines for it’s crazy fast speeds and reported “competitive cost”, but the FCC would like to remind you that they aren’t just sitting idle while Google steps forward and does their job, making them look like the fat lazy kid in gym class. No sir.

In an effort to better the overall lives of US citizens, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced (Warning: PDF) plans to boost the speed of internet access within the US border to 100Mbps+. Such a move is long overdue according to many in the tech sector who site other developed countries such as Japan and Korea both as being close to or surpassing the 100Mbps mark. Considering we ourselves are a developed country, having to see/hear/read people calling 6Mbps “fast” or “high speed” is depressing. One nifty addition to the chairman’s announcement was his nod to Google, commended their 1 Gbps “super-network” ambitions.

Simply decreeing that it shall be done and actually getting it done are two different stories however. One of the biggest hurdles for a nation wide 100Mbps rollout will be hampered by old, aging technology — hardware and services alike. A fair amount of the country’s internet is provided via DSL/phone line services and hit’s it’s absolute max at a mere quarter of the FCC’s goals (25Mbps). Current DOCSIS 3.0 hardware in place that is capable of hitting 100Mbps is being limited to only half speed as well. Furthermore, getting that DOCSIS 3.0 hardware moving closer to the 100Mbps limit is going to take, yet again, more hardware upgrades — upgrades that don’t come quickly or cheaply.

100Mbps speeds will come at some point. It’s inevitable. While landline/fiber methods may linger for now, 4G/LTE/WiMax and emerging wireless technologies are making the expansion of high speed networks easier and faster. But as we wait until that speed filled day I can’t help but feel impatient. You know, I would like to enjoy 100Mbps+ internet speeds wherever I decide to call home and before I start counting my age with three digits.

Are you ready for 100Mbps internet?


Bluetooth 3.0 packin’ Samsung S8500 get’s club member nod.

  • February 1, 2010 11:23 pm

With WiFi transforming more and more into the one stop shop for wireless transmissions/communications, Bluetooth it seemed was all but washed up. I mean, there isn’t any reason to support two wireless standards when only one is needed. But those behind Bluetooth press on.

The formal Bluetooth 3.0 spec was announced way back in April of 2009 — so very long ago. It wasn’t until…now…February 2010 that we are finally seeing the first Bluetooth 3.0 phone get a nod from the Bluetooth Special Interests Group. Besides having bragging rights to “world’s first Bluetooth 3.0 phone”, a 3.1″ OLED display and quad-band GPRS/EDGE radios round out the otherwise rather average feature set of the Samsung S8500.

Don’t get too excited/depressed just yet. The specs we know of so far were provided by Samsung and are preliminary. Also, the almighty electronic gatekeeper, the FCC, has yet to even get their hands on this new age hotness so any release is at least a month or two off.

Anyone’s vision getting blurred by that big 3.0?


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AT&T hits new low: starts defining what is broadband. Gaming not so much.

  • September 14, 2009 8:49 pm

att-deathstarAs if we needed another reason to despise AT&T, it seems besides being a god awful cellular provider, just as awful DSL provider, and overall pain in all of our rear ends just isn’t enough. The FCC if you didn’t know in recent weeks has reached out to find the “true meaning” of broadband for the current government mandated number falls somewhere around 220Kbps — which is undeniably laughable. It seems AT&T has written the FCC to exclude gaming from being considered in the “speed limit” needed to be officially called broadband as it isn’t a necessity. Silly me, I thought whatever you did on the internet was…well…the internet and it shouldn’t matter what you do. According to AT&T’s wishes, the “internet” does not include gaming as that falls under “aspirational service”. Riiiiiight. Yet again, AT&T is searching for ways that they can continue to provide lackluster service for over-inflated amounts. Way to continue the streak of mediocrity AT&T. Obviously, broadband should be legally classified as no less than 1 Mbps. Period. Anything less in this day and age is useless. Maybe when AT&T starts losing customers left and right they’ll learn. Until then we’ll have someone to rely on when we feel the need to criticize.

Source: Ars Technica