Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Competitive Reality of 5G Threatens Previous-FCC’s Title II Net Neutrality

All this comes together to create a “dramatically” different competitive reality than the FCC’s implicit assumption that fixed broadband and wireless broadband were not competitive substitutes or competitors to each other.

According to a 2016 US Census Bureau study for the Commerce Department, one in five households are now mobile only for broadband access, up from one in ten just two years earlier. The trend is increasingly clear; a new study from Parks Associates estimates another 10% of broadband households are likely to cancel their fixed-line service in the next year.

Thus, in the not-too-distant future, this dramatic change over the last three years will mean that there increasingly is just broadband, not a fixed or wireless broadband dichotomy.

From the article "Competitive Reality of 5G Threatens Previous-FCC’s Title II Net Neutrality" by Scott Cleland.


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