Sunday, March 17, 2013

Couple of Political Moves This Week

"Judge Susan Illston, of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, struck down a controversial set of laws allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to seek people's data without a court's approval, saying the strict secrecy orders demanded by the laws are not constitutional." - [Benton]

CT Senator Blumenthal wants the FCC to investigate price hikes from the RBOCs (ATT, VZ) on their DSL. VZ has raised the rates on DSL 55% since 2007.

"Here in New York, minimum broadband costs $50 to $85 from Verizon and $55 from Cablevision, although Time Warner does have a 1 meg data service for $30 in some areas. There are some great deals for the first 12 months, but after that the $130-160/month triple play is the main offering. That compares to $37 for 5-15 megabit down + a phone line at Sky in the UK or less than $50 for triple play at any of the five largest French carriers."

DSL reports is all over this too. I just don't think that the FCC Chair Julius will want to be tough, since (A) he is half out the door to his next gig; (B) the FCC can't really set prices for DSL, since it is an information service.

After 4 years and several billion dollars are we any closer to having fat pipes or broadband competition?

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