Competition News: October 5, 2012

October 5, 2012

Why It Matters
Two stories this week showed how consumer demand for new technologies is upending conventional wisdom and changing competition. The WSJ posited: “Is a tablet the only TV you need?” and the NYT spotlighted the trend of how travelers are increasingly expecting to have broadband even when they are in flight, in “Connectivity as a given.”

Concerning Government’s effect on broadband competition, the WSJ showed how Google Fiber’s special regulatory treatment in its Kansas City ultra-high-speed market pilot has prompted calls for a more level playing field.

Concerning new price competition, the WSJ reported on a new start-up, Freedom Pop, that offers a low cost data offering as a way to bypass higher cost cell-phone data plans.

Multichannel News flagged a significant technology advancement that could foster more online video competition in: “The next big thing in video compression.”