Monthly Archives: April 2012

Competition News: April 27, 2012

Intel-powered Smartphone Goes On Sale Online Video Turns Up Heat Google Tests Direct Sales With Smartphone Start-Up Aims to Stream Pay TV Onto Web Devices Surprise! Walmart’s Cloud Movie Service Is Pretty Good! In online video, minorities find an audience...
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“Leaf” Vision & Broadband Usage Caps

Near hysterical opponents of broadband data usage caps need to breathe slowly, drop their magnifying glass, look up and take in the big world all around them. They are not just missing the forest for the trees, they are missing the leaves, stems, branches, trees,...
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Competition News: April 27, 2012

Why It Matters The first Intel-designed smartphone was launched earlier this week. This shows strong evidence that new, big competitors continue to enter an already vibrant and dynamic competitive communications marketplace. Intel stands to be a strong competitive force not only with their smartphone release,...
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Consumer Groups’ Advocacy Hypocrisy

Consumer groups by definition are supposed to be protecting consumers’ interests — not be pushing a special interest political agenda under the guise of the “public interest.” Let’s spotlight a recent and blatant hypocrisy whereby consumer groups near-completely ignored an instance of obvious widespread consumer...
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Competition News: April 19, 2012

3G and 4G Wireless Speed Showdown: Which Networks Are Fastest? Honeywell Signs Plane Wi-Fi Deal AOL Pushes to Grab TV Ad Dollars YouTube partners with MGM, adds 600 titles...
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Competition News: April 19, 2012

Why It Matters A recent study done by PC World found that in comparing speeds of 3G and 4G wireless networks, the measure matters. The study showed that T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have the fastest networks, but in different ways. This shows strong evidence of a...
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AAI’s Analysis of Verizon-Cable Is Industrial Policy Not Antitrust

Reading through The American Antitrust Institute’s white paper on Verizon-Cable, it is striking how little analysis is relevant to antitrust/market-competition and how it is basically a thinly-veiled tacit pitch for the DOJ and the FCC to pursue an aggressive industrial policy for the wireless industry....
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Objecting to Obsolete Obligations

The Washington Post’s lead story today, “Landline Rules Frustrate Telecoms,” puts a needed spotlight on obsolete communications law that: falsely assumes the telecom marketplace is still a monopoly with no consumer choice; and still mandates telecom companies subsidize below-cost, copper-line telephone service to households as...
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Competition News: April 12, 2012

Why It Matters The most significant competition story of the week shows how disruptive mobile communications technologies can be to retailing with a new competitive phenomenon called “Showrooming”. This is where consumers browse at a store showroom like Best Buy, but purchase online via a...
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Competition News: April 12, 2012

Can Retailers Halt ‘Showrooming’? Gravitational Shift Is Your Company Late to the Mobile Party? Will the next Apple TV be launched with Dish or DirecTV? Amazon offers in-app payments Mobile Voice Quality To Improve As HD Voice Rollout Begins Time for a 4G Price War Already?...
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