No Rock Left Unturned: FCC Launches Additional Reviews Of The Wireless Industry

Tricia Duryee
Friday, August 21, 2009; 1:00 PM

The FCC has announced yet another formal review of the wireless industry that will allow regulators access to examine pretty much any aspect of the business they want to-a clear indication that the Obama administration is determined to bring more scrutiny to the industry.

The WSJ reports that the FCC has formally announced plans to launch a wide-ranging review of practices, including issues of competition to the additional fees tacked on to subscribers' bills. These latest inquires follows a decision by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to look into whether exclusive handset arrangements are hurting competition, and an informal FCC investigation into why the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Voice application was declined by the App Store. Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and AT&T (NYSE: T) are expected to respond to that issue by Friday.

The CTIA, which lobbies on behalf of the industry, told the WSJ they are looking forward to educating the FCC and other policy makers about the industry. "We're excited and we look forward to responding to the commission's round of inquiries," said Christopher Gutman-McCabe, VP of regulatory affairs.


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