• CHANGE: The House of Representatives and the Senate are out of session. The Senate returns September 13, 2010, and the House returns September 14, 2010.
  • Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., have released a report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) titled “Enhanced Data Collection Could Help FCC Better Monitor Competition in the Wireless Industry”. The report states that as of 2009, 90 percent of the market is concentrated in AT&T, Verizon, Sprint-Nextel, and T-Mobile. GAO concludes in the report that the FCC “could collect more detailed data on such issues as prices, special access rates, and capital expenditures” in order to “better assess competition conditions throughout the industry.” The report and summary press release are available here.
  • Sen. John D. (“Jay”) Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released statements on the GAO wireless report. The senators expressed concerns about quality of service in rural areas, the market effects of early termination fees (ETFs), and the tax burden put on end users of wireless service. The statements are available here.