• The FCC released two working papers and the Sixth Broadband Deployment Report last week. The first working paper titled “Broadband decisions: What drives consumers to switch – or stick with – their broadband Internet provider,” and the second titled “Broadband satisfaction: What consumers report about their broadband Internet provider” are based on surveys by the FCC in April 2010. The working papers found that 36 percent of Internet users had switched providers in the past three years and 49 percent of those users switched to obtain faster services. Further, 51 percent of broadband users are very satisfied with their service overall and 42 percent are somewhat satisfied. The Sixth Broadband Deployment Report summarizes Form 477 data and found that the majority of users have advertised speeds of less than 6 Mbps. The first paper is available here. The second paper is here. The report is available here.
  • The proposed Open Internet order should be voted this Tuesday. Several Commissioners have spoken publicly about their thoughts on the proposed order. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn stated at PLI’s 28th Annual Telecommunications Policy & Regulation Institute Conference that her Christmas wish is that consensus be reached in as many areas as possible. She stated that presently there is consensus that an Open Internet is “critical for America” and said her focus is on the wireless portion of the proposed order to make sure the user experience is the same between wired and wireless. Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker spoke at the same conference and emphasized that Congress and the court have stated that the FCC does not have the authority to regulate the Internet. She also argued that there was no crisis that needed immediate attention by the FCC and that the FCC should focus on other issues like spectrum reform. Commissioner Clyburn’s speech is available here. Commissioner Baker’s speech is available here.