The tanks are rolling forward, over all of us . . . and nobody in the Federal, State and Local governments care. It’s business as usual: if we spin the same fables and self-serving narratives over and over, the people will just believe/accept them.
Ajit Pai, acting FCC Chairman, on-camera, at an FCC open meeting news conference —
hiding behind a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cup.
The FCC released the "Twentieth Annual Report and Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions with Respect to Mobile Wireless"; a propaganda piece on Wireless competition in America to help AT&T and Verizon. As we will discuss, the statistics and presentation are based on a questionable manipulation of the facts, or more importantly, it is the omission of basic information that is the real problem.
- 9/26/17: FCC Rewrote America’s Broadband History; Covers Up $½ Trillion in Overcharging
- 9/26/17: Part II: Facts Missing from the FCC’s Section 706 Broadband Reports
- 10/9/17: Not happy with your wireless service? Blame the FCC divided the discussion into three parts
- Part I is a discussion of how the FCC has manipulated the statistics in their recent 20th wireless report to help AT&T and Verizon over the public and your interests.
- Part II: America is 59th in LTE speeds and more expensive for data than 39 other countries, not to mention that 40%+ of your data usage is for adtech and software designed to track your online usage, and even your location.
- Part III: Wireless is not a substitute for a wired connection to the home or office. You paid for a fiber optic connection. They manipulated the accounting. Time to start the investigations.
20th Annual Report and Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions,
With Respect to Mobile Wireless, Including Commercial Mobile Services
A 95 page report published on 9/27/17
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s Statement
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly Statement:
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr’s Statement:
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s Dissenting Statement:
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel’s Dissenting Statement:
Vote to accept and release report: 3-2, with Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel dissenting over whether or not the market is competitive or meeting mobile needs in rural areas.
Mobile Data Usage per Subscriber 2010 – 2016
Source: CTIA Wireless Industry Indices Year-End 2016; 20th Report, Appendix 1
LTE Broadband Coverage
Estimated Mobile LTE Broadband Coverage by Census Block Year-End 2016
Source: Jan. 2017 Mosaik (centroid), Census 2010.
Note that the number of service providers in a census block represents network coverage only.
Network coverage does not necessarily reflect the number of service providers that actively
offer service to individuals located in a given area.
LTE Download Speeds, Nationwide
Source: Ookla SPEEDTEST intelligence data, © 2017 Ookla, LLC. All rights reserved.
Published with permission of Ookla. The “Total” mean and median nationwide estimates are based on
test results for all service providers included in the Ookla sample dataset.
Spectrum Holdings by Band
Source: 20th Report
Market Shares for Mobile Wireless Service Providers Based on Total Connections, 2013 – 2016
Source: UBS US Wireless 411; Table II.B.1, 20th Report