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The Telecom Digest for Jan 11, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 7 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: Natural Monopolies (Neal McLain)
AT&T defends unlimited data throttling, says the FTC can't stop it (Monty Solomon)
AT&T has 10 businesses paying for data cap exemptions, and wants more (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:57:45 -0800 (PST) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Natural Monopolies Message-ID: <3d76be0f-51d0-4789-b135-d1523ab607c3@googlegroups.com> On Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:52:19 AM UTC-6, harold@hallikainen.com wrote: >> From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> >> >> Over the years there have been sporadic attempts to >> regulate CATV companies as utilities but CATV companies >> have successfully fought off these attempts. FCC >> decisions dating back to 1958 have ruled that CATV >> companies are not common carriers because they -- the >> CATV operators themselves -- choose the signals to be >> delivered to subscribers.[1,2] [snip] > I find it interesting to compare ISP functionality to > POTS functionality. For example, recent net neutrality > discussions have mentioned AT&T getting paid by content > providers to have that content not apply against a user's > data limit. This, to me, seems very similar to a collect > call or 800 number, which is widely accepted in POTS. > Should it not be widely accepted on the Internet? Well, the answer is obvious: regulate broadband under Title II and linear video under Title IV. Apply it equally to telcos, CATVs, Google Fiber, and any future fiber networks. Then let the beancounters try to figure that out! Neal McLain
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 02:03:07 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: AT&T defends unlimited data throttling, says the FTC can't stop it Message-ID: <p0624081ad0d52d6a1ccb@[]> AT&T defends unlimited data throttling, says the FTC can't stop it FTC has no jurisdiction because AT&T is a common carrier, company tells judge. by Jon Brodkin Jan 8 2015 Ars Technica The Federal Trade Commission cannot prevent AT&T from throttling unlimited data customers because of AT&T's status as a common carrier, the company claimed in a motion to dismiss an FTC lawsuit this week. Mobile voice is a common carrier service-similar to the utility status of the traditional wireline telephone network-placing it under the Federal Communications Commission's jurisdiction. The FTC's October 2014 lawsuit against AT&T applied to mobile broadband, which is not a common carrier service. However, AT&T claims that mobile voice's common carrier status prevents the FTC from taking action against the cellular data portion of its business. ... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/01/att-defends-unlimited-data-throttling-says-the-ftc-cant-stop-it/ https://www.scribd.com/doc/252048040/AT-T-vs-FTC-Motion-to-Dismiss http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/10/us-sues-att-alleges-severe-throttling-of-unlimited-data-customers/
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 01:56:35 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: AT&T has 10 businesses paying for data cap exemptions, and wants more Message-ID: <p06240817d0d52bfcc706@[]> AT&T has 10 businesses paying for data cap exemptions, and wants more AT&T also has a plan to make money off Wi-Fi-only iPads. by Jon Brodkin Jan 6 2015 Ars Technica A year after AT&T started charging businesses to deliver data without counting against customers' mobile data caps, the wireless carrier has 10 companies signed up and is hunting for more. ... http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/01/att-has-10-businesses-paying-for-data-cap-exemptions-and-wants-more/

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