It’s that time of year again. The FCC has to develop its next annual report to Congress on the state of competition in the U.S. wireless industry. In the last few years, the FCC has done a good job of expanding the scope of information it analyzes to inform its opinion. The agency’s focus on the wireless industry value chain–from network infrastructure, to over the top operators, to device manufacturers–is a very good trend, but there is room for improvement. 2011 was a year of dramatic regulatory activity with the denial of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger and the proposed acquisition of the cable companies’ idle spectrum by Verizon Wireless. How will these watershed events be analyzed in the next competition report? I hope the FCC will generate a dispassionate, objective and fact-based report on the state of the industry.
Roger Entner is the founder and analyst at Recon Analytics. Recon Analytics specializes in fact-based research and the analysis of disparate data sources to provide unprecedented insights into the world of telecommunications. Read the full essay here: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/entner-fcc-needs-realize-carriers-arent-masters/2012-03-23?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal#ixzz1qFKs24Z5