Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Libertarian sources remind us how FCC has regulated media in the past


The Cato Institute has provided a link to a paper from two George Mason University professors, Brnet Skorup and Christopher Koopman, “The FCC’s Transaction Reviews, the First Amendment, and the Rule of Law”, in the Winder 2016-2017 issue of “Regulation”, pdf here.

The paper points out that the FCC can compel major broadcasters (but not necessarily cable networks) to cover material with specific minority focus, and has done so.

On the other hand, network neutrality legislation might run against business model interests of communications providers and might make the promulgation of fake news more difficult to meet.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Phone slamming, explained


Here’s a bizarre problem:  small businesses suddenly finding their landlines have been taken over by a “slamming” company without their permission.

Some small businesses have found their phones unusable,  for weeks, and customers have been unable to process credit charges.

WJLA Seven On Your Side was able to solve a problem for one company, story here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

T-Mobile criticizes Verizon on data limits, and Verizon answers


Verizon has answered T-Mobile ads aimed at the data limits war.  T-Mobile says it has a newer network and that Verizon needs limits because it’s 4G LTE network is 6 years old. Verizon answered me with this tweet, saying its coverage is wider and actually more advanced technically, link here.
 
What would be important would be extension to another company anywhere Verizon doesn’t have service.  (Oh, yes, there are no cell phones near Green Bank, W Va).

Friday, December 02, 2016

FCC interpretation of neutrality would stop ATT from offering Direct TV free of data charges, as "unfair competition"


ATT wants to exempt certain customers from data charges for streaming on its DirectTV (a practice called "zero rating"), yet the FCC is claiming that this would be unfair competition with Netflix and Hulu, story in the Wall Street Journal today here.  This sounds like a silly implementation of rules (or neutrality) that Donald Trump will want to overrule.

"Poor baby!"  Or Oh Baby, as in "Long Tall Sally".  Or, what a tender little baby, as playground kids would say.

Although I would have trouble with mounting a dish.  I'm not a climber.