On Thursday, South Carolina’s Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order for Uber to cease operations. The state governing body warned the company to stop its service immediately and not to resume until all its driver partners have proper certification. In the directive, the PSC said, “Consumers benefit from, and deserve choices in, the marketplace. However, those choices must be consistent with state law intended to protect the public.”It’s not the only local government that feels that way. State governor Nikki Haley, however, didn’t feel the same. She sent a letter to the PSC Friday expressing disapproval at the decision.
Although it has yet to be officially announced, the proposed tie-up between Sprint and T-Mobile is likely to come before regulators in the near future. Approval of the merger might have a much bigger impact on the U.S. market than simply consolidating the market to three major carriers.
The FCC is proposing new rules that would govern cable networks and other carriers — rules it says will protect the open internet. But critics say the regulator is going to cripple net neutrality and introduce a pay-to-play internet. Here’s what you need to know.
Comcast has offered to merge with Time Warner in a $45-billion deal that would combine two of the country’s largest cable providers. Here’s what you need to know about the potential impact of such a merger and whether it is likely to be approved or not
Sprint is reportedly mulling a takeover of T-Mobile in a move that would result in three dominant U.S. carriers. I think the tie-up would be bad for consumers, but it wouldn’t likely gain the approval of federal regulators anyway.
AT&T’s efforts to build a big new LTE network got a boost this week when the FCC granted approval for the carrier to acquire a haul of spectrum from four companies. One of the big remaining questions is what Dish Network has in mind for its own airwaves.
A privacy watchdog group has filed a complaint against the developer of Mobbles, claiming the game collects user data without informing parents or asking for consent. It’s the latest indication the mobile industry has a long way to go to address privacy concerns in mobile apps.
We’re used to how the social web has disrupted media, but that same wave is moving through other industries, driven by startups like Airbnb, Coursera and Uber — and while regulators and entrenched industries are trying to fight it, the trend behind that wave is unstoppable.
Google has apparently offered to indicate when its search results point to its own properties, in its ongoing negotiations with EC antitrust investigators. But that offer likely doesn’t neutralise the original complaints.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has granted initial approval of AT&T’s plan to rejigger its WCS band of airwaves for 4G use. But the commission must move carefully here to avoid laying the foundation for a carrier duopoly in the LTE era.