Light Reading
A hearing on cable's co-marketing deals and AWS spectrum sales to Verizon Wireless is said to be on its way

Cable-VZ Wireless Deals to Face Senate Grilling

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
2/1/2012
50%
50%

A bit more heat will soon be applied to a string of recent bundling and spectrum deals between Verizon Wireless and some of the nation's biggest cable operators.

Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), who also serves as chairman of the Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights subcommittee, announced Wednesday that plans for a hearing about the agreements between Verizon Wireless and Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), are "well underway." Cox Communications Inc. has more recently joined in on a multifaceted deal that calls for the cable operators and the mobile carrier to bundle and promote their respective services and, separately, to sell their Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless for a combined $4 billion.

Comcast and Verizon Wireless have the co-marketing piece of it up and running in three markets. Further down the road, the MSOs have an option to resell Verizon Wireless services under their own brands. (See Comcast, VZ Wireless Bundle Up in the Bay .)

Kohl did not set a specific date for the hearing, but it will likely take place sometime after Feb. 23, which ends the Presidents' Day recess, reports The Washington Post.

Why this matters
The specter of a Senate hearing isn't a huge surprise, but the line of folks wanting to examine the competitive impact of the deals continues to lengthen. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's comment cycle is underway, with petitions to deny due Feb. 21, and oppositions due March 2. The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is also probing the deal.

The MSOs involved in the deal have already agreed to provide the FCC with confidential details about the service-bundling component in order to keep the Commission's review on task. They insist, however, that the information they share in that part of the deal should have no bearing on the agency's review of the AWS spectrum sale.

For more
Read up on the deal.



— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

(7)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
kaps
50%
50%
kaps,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:43:46 PM
re: Cable-VZ Wireless Deals to Face Senate Grilling


Grilling? This hearing will probably be more like a light saute where everyone gets to say what a wonderful thing it is that "market forces" are at work making commercial agreements without any necessary government intervention.


Now if someone wants to ask questions about collusion and agreements not to compete so that the pie can be split up without those nasty price wars, well then the temperature might rise. But what lawmaker has the guts to do that when the loss of campaign contributions would be the reward?


Any heroes for the consumer in an election year? Bueller?

kaps
50%
50%
kaps,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:43:46 PM
re: Cable-VZ Wireless Deals to Face Senate Grilling


Grilling? This hearing will probably be more like a light saute where everyone gets to say what a wonderful thing it is that "market forces" are at work making commercial agreements without any necessary government intervention.


Now if someone wants to ask questions about collusion and agreements not to compete so that the pie can be split up without those nasty price wars, well then the temperature might rise. But what lawmaker has the guts to do that when the loss of campaign contributions would be the reward?


Any heroes for the consumer in an election year? Bueller?

Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:43:45 PM
re: Cable-VZ Wireless Deals to Face Senate Grilling


Heh, good one.  Will be interested to see what panel they put together. The Comcast-NBCU hearings were entertaining, anyway. But, you're right, the tone of the statement would not have me quaking in my boots yet...but I still think some rather pointed questions will be posed here.. JB


 


Statement of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl on Verizon and Cable Company Deals

February 1, 2012

 

Plans are well underway for a hearing to examine the impact of Verizon’s spectrum purchase from a number of cable companies and a separate marketing agreement to cross-sell each other’s products.   The subcommittee carefully examines questions about competition in the wireless and video markets, with the ultimate goal of protecting consumers and reducing their cable and cell phone bills, and these deals are no exception.


 

AESerm
50%
50%
AESerm,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:43:44 PM
re: Cable-VZ Wireless Deals to Face Senate Grilling


I kinda think those market forces deserve a salute. FiOS and Xfinity (and the other cable video services) continue to compete where they are in the same market. Where they're not, VZ Wireless and Xfinity et al. can pair up. I'm not smelling too much opportunity for collusion here, though my olfactory nerves may be less sensitive than others. 

Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:43:44 PM
re: Cable-VZ Wireless Deals to Face Senate Grilling


I'm just waiting for these guys to put their marketing where their mouths are  and  launch a cable-Verizon Wireless blitz in a FiOS territory and really put this purported separation to a true test.  Bay Area is AT&T'ville, and I don't recall there being much of a FiOS presence in Seattle and Portland.  It'll happen, but i'm not too surprised that they started off in FiOS-free markets. JB

steve q
50%
50%
steve q,
User Rank: Moderator
12/5/2012 | 5:43:40 PM
re: Cable-VZ Wireless Deals to Face Senate Grilling


If this does go in to the state's that verizon have there fios. I only see the end to verizon. Comcast will make changing to the way verizon will provide there service to those people that like to keep the fios service. Everything is going the way of the internet and the wireless is still slow and need more work. It is good for the cellphone market but not for the home user where they like to have speed and the fios is still the best out there.

jayja
50%
50%
jayja,
User Rank: Light Sabre
12/5/2012 | 5:43:38 PM
re: Cable-VZ Wireless Deals to Face Senate Grilling


I think I saw a separate article about VZW-CMCST co-marketing in the Bay Area that said they would not offer their co-marketing deals in areas where VZ provides wireline service.

steve q
50%
50%
steve q,
User Rank: Moderator
12/5/2012 | 5:43:36 PM
re: Cable-VZ Wireless Deals to Face Senate Grilling


True but what will happen if the cust is trying to get verizon fios service and can not will cable try to move in  under the verizon wireless brand.If verizon wireless start to push out the new wireless ont will that stay only with the wireless or be part of the cable-vzwireless deal.

Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Custom TV
Using Service Quality to Drive WiFi Monetization

10|22|14   |   6:51   |   (0) comments


Live from the SCTE conference: Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick explores the forces shaping the WiFi opportunity in an interview with CableLabs' Justin Colwell and Amdocs' Ken Roulier.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed Access Architectures – 2

10|21|14   |   8:51:00 AM   |   (0) comments


ARRIS CTO Network Solutions Tom Cloonan discusses why many if not most MSOs will continue with integrated CCAP, while addressing why some are also looking at two futuristic, distributed access architectures: Remote PHY and Remote CCAP.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed Access Architectures – 1

10|21|14   |   9:01   |   (0) comments


SCTE Sr. Director of Engineering Dean Stoneback discusses the pros and cons of distributed access architecture (DAA) and its various forms, which range from basic Remote PHY to full CMTS functionality in the node.
LRTV Custom TV
The WiFi Road to Riches – 2

10|21|14   |   3:58   |   (0) comments


ARRIS Senior Solution Architect Eli Baruch talks about how MSOs can enable public and community WiFi through 1) outdoor access points, 2) businesses seeking to offer WiFi to customers, and 3) residential WiFi gateway extensions.
LRTV Custom TV
The WiFi Road to Riches – 1

10|21|14   |   10:15   |   (0) comments


SCTE Director of Advanced Technologies Steve Harris discusses WiFi deployments, drivers, challenges and advances, including 802.11ac, carrier-grade WiFi, community WiFi, Hotspot 2.0, Passpoint, WiFi-First and voice-over-WiFi.
LRTV Custom TV
Advantech Accelerates 100G Traffic Handling

10|17|14   |   7:56   |   (0) comments


Paul Stevens from Advantech explains why handling 100GbE needs a whole new platform design approach and how Advantech is addressing the needs of equipment providers and carriers to give them the flexibility and performance they will need for SDN and NFV deployment.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Holland's Imtech Traffic & Infra Discusses Huawei's ICT Solution and Services

10|16|14   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


Dimitry Theebe is from the business unit at Imtech Traffic & Infra which delivers communications solutions for transportations. His partnershp with Huawei began about a years ago. In this video, Theebe speaks more about this partnership and what he hopes to accomplish with Huawei.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Comprehensive Storage Solutions Vital for SVR

10|16|14   |   6:16   |   (0) comments


SVR Information Technology provides cloud services for academic and special sectors. With Huawei's support, SVR and Yildiz Technical University has established Turkey's largest and most advanced High Performance Computing system. CSO Ismail Cem Aslan talks about what he hopes Huawei's OceanStor storage system will bring for him.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Mexico's Servitron's Impression of Huawei at CCW 2014

10|16|14   |   6:35   |   (0) comments


Servitron is a network operator in Mexico that has been in the trunking industry for the past 20 years. Its COO, Ing. Ragnar Trillo O., explains at Critical Communications World 2014 that his company has been interested in the long-term evolution of LTE technology and its adoption for TETRA.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Building a Better Dubai

10|16|14   |   2:06   |   (0) comments


Abdulla Ahmed Al Falasi is the director of commercial affairs, a telecommunications coordinator for the government of Dubai. Their areas of service span across multiple industries, including police, safety, shopping malls and more. In this video, Abdulla talks about his department's work with Huawei.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Lights Up Malaysia Partner Maju Nusa

10|16|14   |   1:59   |   (0) comments


Malaysia's Maju Nusa is an enterprise partner to Huawei in networking, route switches and telco equipment. At this year's Critical Communications World in Singapore, CTO Pushpender Singh talks about what Huawei's eLTE solutions mean to his company and for Malaysia.
LRTV Custom TV
Evolving From HFC to FTTH Networks

10|15|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Todd McCrum delves into the future of cable's HFC plant, examining how DOCSIS 3.1 and advanced video compression will extend its life and how the IP video transition will usher in GPON and EPON over FTTH.
Upcoming Live Events
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
WhoIsHostingThis.com presents six of the world's most extreme WiFi hotspots, enabling the most epic selfies you can imagine.
Hot Topics
Google: Carriers & Cloud Providers Need to Cooperate
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/16/2014
Could Data Be the New 'Currency'?
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/16/2014
iPad Air 2 Lets Users Switch Carriers Any Time
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/17/2014
CBS Takes OTT Plunge
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/16/2014
NYC Subway Wireless No Cure for Ebola Fears
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 10/16/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed