What’s Hot 04/23/2014

Phoenix Study: Bidder Exclusion Rules Won’t Help Incentive Auction (B&C, 4/22/2014) According to Eggerton, the study finds “Verizon and AT&T’s participation in that auction accounted for nearly 70% of the auction proceeds even though together they only won 10% of the total licenses.” Eggerton goes on to write, “AT&T’s bids, winning or not, accounted for a 21% premium to the final prices above that of a typical bidder.” Eggerton quotes Phoenix Center Chief Economist, Dr. George Ford, as saying, “The influence of a bidder in an auction is more than what it buys, because a losing bid forces other bidders to reveal their true valuations.”

It’s Easy Being Green with Wireless Tech (Mobile Future, 4/22/2014) Mobile Future has shared this white paper and slideshare in honor of Earth Day 2014 titled, “It’s Easy Being Green with Wireless Tech.” According to Mobile Future’s press release, “today, the mobile-fueled Internet of Things includes more than 35 million mobile connected devices–a number that will exceed 271 million by 2018. This rising connectivity allows for unprecedented efficiencies as we manage our growing demands for resources and seek to minimize our environmental footprint. Just a 1% increase in efficiency from the Internet of Things can save up to $15 trillion by 2030–almost the equivalent of adding another USA to the global economy.” The release goes on to detail how smart buildings, smart grid technology, and smart fleets all have the potential to maximize efficiency and reduce our environmental impact.

Netflix joins opponents of Comcast-TWC merger (Hillicon Valley, 4/21/14) Netflix on Monday came out against the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, arguing in a letter to shareholders that the deal would give the companies too much market power. "If the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger is approved, the combined company’s footprint will pass over 60 percent of U.S. broadband households … with most of those homes having Comcast as the only option for truly high-speed broadband," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells wrote.

AT&T’s expanded 1Gbps fiber rollout could rival Google’s (ComputerWorld Blog, 4/21/14) U.S. broadband giant AT&T could roll out 1Gbps fiber-optic service to up to 21 new metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, California, the company said Monday. The company’s rollout of its U-verse broadband with GigaPower service will also include television service.

Comcast Today: Will Wifi-Based Phone Service Work? (Philadelphia Magazine Blog, 4/21/14) The Wall Street Journal today examines Comcast’s plan to build a phone system using millions of wifi hotspots as the spine of its network: Because Comcast already has the wires and authorizations in place, it costs little to add new hot spots. And a gigabyte of wireline data costs less than one-seventh the price of a gigabyte of wireless data.

Senator Pryor To Work With FCC’s Wheeler On ‘Rate Floor’ Concerns (TR Daily, 04/21/2014) Sen. Mark Pryor (D., Ark.) today said he would "continue to work" with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to address his concerns with the planned increase to the "rate floor" that sets the minimum amount that companies receiving high-cost support can charge for basic phone service. The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau on Friday posted the data collected in its urban rate survey of fixed voice services, which was used to compute the rate floor and reasonable comparability benchmark for telecom services (TRDaily, April 18). The data prompted the drafting of an order, scheduled to be considered at the FCC’s April 23 meeting, that would raise the rate floor from $14 to $17 as of Dec. 1 and to more than $20 in July 2016.