This Chairman has no shame. Now he's trying to weasel out of even reporting the
deployment of broadband honestly, by stubbornly insisting on pursuing this idea
that today's wireless broadband is good enough to replace wired. Never mind
that he should be able to figure it out on his own, if in no other way, by
asking himself why the major broadband providers are so interested in fixed 5G.
Or doing some simple arithmetic, considering the size of 3G/4G macrocells and
what would need to change, even in backhaul, to fill the needs of a fixed
Small wonder, really. All he does is in pursuit of the best interests of three
or four companies. And, this would also allow him to rationalize his phony
baloney pretense that there's plenty of competition for broadband service, so
he can pursue his crooked agenda of dismantling net neutrality mandates. How
would a corrupt FCC do anything differently?
Today's article, followed by the one where this was already explained to him.
Dec 18, 2017 04:26 PM ET
Pai Sec. 706 Review Critics Create #MobileOnly Challenge
Will call for testing mobile broadband access efficacy during January
By John Eggerton
The Pai FCC's decision to review what qualifies as high-speed broadband has
drawn a crowd of critics armed with smartphones and other devices.
Almost a dozen groups including Public Knowledge, New America’s Open Technology
Institute, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) have launched the
#MobileOnly challenge. Between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, participants will spend an
entire day only accessing the internet via a mobile device. The idea is to
demonstrate that mobile has various limitations that make it not a sufficient
substitute for wired broadband.
FCC Chairman AJit Pai in August proposed to, potentially, adjust the sights on
the agency’s annual assessment of whether advanced telecommunications is being
deployed in a reasonable and timely fashion, including counting wireless
broadband as competitive with wired.
That cam[e] in a request for information on the state of competition in the
video marketplace for the FCC’s 19th video competition report, as well as for
input on its 13th Section 706 report.
Internet service providers have long argued, along with Pai, that the FCC had
been putting a thumb on the scale for regulation by concluding that because
deployment was not 100%, that deployment was not reasonable and timely.
[See below:] CWA to FCC: Wireless is No Substitute for Wired 'Net
In seeking comment on the next reports, Pai proposed considering other factors
in that determination, including asking whether the FCC’s definition of
high-speed should be adjusted.
But fans of the previous reports cried foul, and have been characterizing the
proposal as lowering the definition of high speed as 25 Megabits per second
downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.
At a congressional hearing and in a letter to Congress, Pai downplayed concerns
about downsizing the high-speed benchmark, saying the letter that the item
“clearly proposes to maintain the [25 Mbps downstream/4 mbps upstream]
Oct 09, 2017 01:06 PM ET
CWA to FCC: Wireless is No Substitute for Wired 'Net
Offers report showing tech, businesses reasons
By John Eggerton
The FCC recently asked for input on whether wireless is now a substitute for
wired broadband. The Communications Workers of America says a definitive "no,"
and has offered up a report in an effort to back up the assertion.
That came in comments to the FCC. In teeing up the next Sec. 706 report to
Congress on whether advanced telecommunications is being deployed to all
Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion, the FCC sought comment on whether
mobile broadband was now a substitute for wired and could be considered a
full-fledged market competitor—it has not been considered such in recent
reports under previous, Democratic, chairs.
The (extended) deadline for those comments was Oct. 6.
In its comments, CWA said its "expert report," from CTC Technology & Energy,
found that mobile was not an adequate substitute, but was and would remain a
complement to faster and more robust wired broadband.
The FCC has proposed to downsize its definition of high-speed broadband from
25/3 Mbps (25 download/3 upload) to 10/1 Mbps, which would help the slower
wireless broadband speeds qualify. But the CTC report says for technical and
business reasons, wireless is not now an "adequate" competitor and is not
likely to be so anytime soon.
It argues that a hypothetical 5G future with speeds theoretically in excess of
some wired services should not be the metric for discussing the relative merits
of networks and that even the highest capacity nets require the kind of
backhaul infrastructure that would leave rural areas with substandard services
unless there is a fiber upgrade.
In additional to the technical imbalance, the report asserts that while
wireless business models, like limiting usage or controlling how applications
run may have legitimate reasons, they make it "far inferior and less usable"