A recent move by the FCC to forbid telecoms from trying to retain customers who are looking to switch to cable goes against "American consumers' market-given right to make a deal," writes USTelecom President and CEO Walter McCormick. "With its adverse impact on everything from market parity to consumer's wallets to free speech, this decision is a stark reversal of the FCC's longstanding efforts to promote regulatory parity among market competitors as a cornerstone of modern communications policy," McCormick wrote.
AT&T will offer mobile access to NBC's Summer Olympics coverage through its obtaining exclusive rights from NBC Universal to a live around-the-clock broadcast TV channel on its MediaFlo service dubbed NBC Olympics 2Go. Verizon Wireless has also gained access to the Olympics on its video and broadband platforms as well.
Sony Corp. will be working with 14 other consumer-electronics companies -- including Canon, Kodak, Panasonic and Toshiba -- to advance TransferJet, the set of ultrawideband, short-range technologies that can transmit up to 560 Mbps. The consortium is trying to develop a standard spec for the technology, which Sony said could find its way into CE devices by 2009.
User-generated video on the Web may be incredibly popular, but it's not going to be a big source of ad revenue anytime soon, according to this story in Broadcasting & Cable about a new report from TDG. The report predicts that just 4% of online video ad revenue during the next five years will come from user-generated content.
Verizon Communications is officially rolling out its Verizon Wholesale Mobility Solutions suite, which features voice and broadband services, to its wireline reseller community. "The demand for bundled wireline and wireless services continues to grow across every segment of the communications marketplace," said VPS President Michael Millegan.