Chairman Wheeler chose the 1776 start-up incubator office as the backdrop for his comments Thursday that outline a new agenda for big telecom: Competition, Competition, Competition.
IDG News Service Grant Gross reported on the chairman's comments.
"At the low end of throughput ... the majority of Americans have a choice of only two providers," Wheeler said. "That is what economists call a duopoly, a marketplace that is typically characterized by less than vibrant competition."
Wheeler unveiled a new broadband competition agenda, which charges the FCC to:
- Protect competition - including generally opposing merger efforts...
- Encourage competition - including opening up new spectrum...
- Work to create new competitors - in a place where "meaningful" competition is not available.
Time magazine's Haley Sweetland Edwards wrote that critics will believe it when they see it:
But it seemed to some consumer advocates to be disingenuous in a climate where the FCC is widely expected approve of a massive planned merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable in the next six months.“The real proof will be in the agency’s actions and not just its speeches,” wrote advocacy group Free Press’ policy director, Matt Wood, in a prepared statement.
The Switch's Brian Fung noted that Wheeler kept specifics to a minimum but,
"He emphasized that the FCC would continue extending broadband to rural areas by supporting "whomever steps up to the challenge" — a veiled reference to competitive entities, such as city governments, seeking to challenge large, incumbent ISPs."
Last week’s FCC deadline for Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC petitions made for a treasure trove of broadband-related media hits last weekend and into this week.
First things first, we've said it before and we'll say it again. Allan Holmes with the Center for Public Integrity wrote a must-read. ...Read more