Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
In the Matter of Rural Call Completion
The FCC's rural call completion data collection, reporting and retention requirements not only are ineffective at addressing alleged rural call completion problems, but also involve substantial compliance costs, and should accordingly be eliminated.
Proposed Merger of T-Mobile and Sprint
Despite achieving substantial cost reductions and stabilizing its financial position, Sprint has not been able to turn the corner with respect to its core business challenges. Sprint tried a more localized approach in an attempt to drive growth, but continues to face declining subscribers and revenue. Sprint has attempted to position itself as a value leader with aggressive price promotions, but those efforts have not achieved sufficient growth or churn reduction to offset their cost. Given Sprint's network investment needs, negative network perception, and declining share and service revenues, it will continue to face substantial business challenges. T-Mobile cannot do the 5G strategy without Sprint, and Sprint cannot do it without T-Mobile.
A 21st Century Net Neutrality Solution
The FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom order, effective June 11th, repeals the Obama-era Open Internet order. The new rules permit some traffic management practices — such as paid prioritization — as long as they don’t harm consumers or disadvantage competitors, and the FTC is now responsible for investigation and enforcement. However, by regulating broadband under Title I of the Telecommunications Act, and not as a Title II utility, the Commission has left many important questions and issues unresolved.
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