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  • Verizon's Deal with Big Cable Spells the Demise of the Telecom Act

    January 5, 2012 by Joel Kelsey

    We all remember the 1980's and its awesome fashion and music. While some may want to revisit those aspects of the past, I don't think anyone wants to return to the era of the cable and Ma Bell monopolies.

    Opening up communications markets was the purpose of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The Act was designed to help phone companies get into the pay-TV business, and cable companies get into the phone business. Yet after a series of regulatory blunders, this promise of increased competition and lower prices has become a distant memory, like 7-Up Gold. And the situation is only getting worse.

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  • Big Win! AT&T Drops Its T-Mobile Takeover Bid

    December 19, 2011 by Craig Aaron

    This is huge: AT&T just announced it’s finally abandoning its doomed merger with T-Mobile.

    For nearly a year, we've been showing that this deal would have only meant higher prices, fewer choices and tens of thousands of lost American jobs. Free Press knew it; the Department of Justice agreed; so did the FCC.

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  • Stanford Law Prof Condemns Verizon App Blocking

    December 19, 2011 by Barbara van Schewick

    Earlier this month, when Verizon announced it was restricting Google Wallet from being used on the new Galaxy Nexus phone, Free Press cried foul and urged the FCC to investigate. Since Verizon has signed on to conditions that require it to keep part of its wireless network open to competitors’ applications and devices, it may be breaking the law by blocking access to applications on its phones.

    Stanford Law School Professor Barbara van Schewick, author of Internet Architecture and Innovation, has also written a letter to the FCC. Below is her blog post on the issue, which she gave us permission to re-post.

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