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Harold Feld’s explanation of an FCC issue you probably are paying no attention to but that is likely to determine the fate of telecommunications in the US

In fact, Harold’s post is so long that I’m only half way through it, but I have to leave for a plane. In it he explains in some detail the history and ramifications of… well, here’s a taste from near the beginning:

…Verizon graciously offered to buy out Cox’s AWS spectrum so that Cox could get out of the wireless business. And, in what can only be an amazing coincidence for utterly independent agreements that should in no way make anyone think that the major cable players are colluding with their Telco/Wireless chief rival, Verizon and Spectrumco offered to let Cox in on the same three agreements to become exclusive resllers and become a member of the “Joint Operating Entity” (JOE) to develop all these cool new technologies.
So you see, it’s all totally innocent, and does not in the least look like a cartel agreeing not to compete, dividing up markets, and setting up a Joint Operating Entity so they can continue to meet and discuss their business plans on an ongoing basis while developing a patent portfolio to use against competitors like DISH and T-Mobile…

Harold Feld works for Public Knowledge, which works for an open Internet.

3 Responses to “Harold Feld’s explanation of an FCC issue you probably are paying no attention to but that is likely to determine the fate of telecommunications in the US”

  1. so where’s the link to the post?

  2. It’s on the first line: “Harold’s post” is a link.

  3. Ah..so. Poor chromatic resolution and weakening eyes being culprits.
    Spent about half an hour reading subject post. Well written and moderately amusing at times but that’s not the point.
    The FCC needs to keep in mind the experience Mexico endures at the hands of Carlos Slim, TelCel/TelMex. TelCel built-out 3G to a degree just sufficient to provide rudimentary wireless and refuses to expand its “broadband” capacity citing limits in potential market.
    So comes and smar-tfones etc and there’s no broadband infrastructure to support these new products save for limited areas in Mexico City.
    Instead, we’re stuck with rudimentary cellular service here-and-there and 3G internet that stutters..
    Don’t let this happen in the US by permitting the “market” to dictate the technology.

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