Friday September 05, 2014

FCC Chief: Broadband Competition Doesn't Exist

At least Captain Obvious here acknowledges the lack of broadband competition in the U.S. and, from the sounds of it, might actually be trying to fix the problem.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler says broadband competition is seriously lacking in the US, and he outlined on Thursday a set of policies designed to fix the problem. Specifically, he said the FCC will block mergers that reduce competition; implement regulation that supports a free and open Internet; encourage access for all providers to wireless spectrum in upcoming FCC auctions; preempt state laws that prohibit cities from offering their own broadband services to citizens; and redirect universal service funds to ensure that rural Americans get the same access to high-speed broadband as urban Americans do.