FCC declares US mobile market “competitive”

first_img The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) determined the US mobile market is competitive, marking a stark change of tune from years past.Its conclusion was drawn in the 20th Mobile Wireless Competition Report, which was approved Tuesday (26 September) by the FCC’s Republican majority despite objections from both of the body’s Democratic commissioners.As noted by Garnet Hanley, chief of the Competition and Infrastructure Policy Division of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, the latest report shifted its focus to examine only competition in the provision of wireless services rather than in the broader mobile ecosystem. In coming to its conclusion, Hanley said the new analysis took into account such factors as rising consumer demand and increased industry output, falling prices, network investments, improved network quality as measured by download speeds, increased spectrum availability, and industry-wide innovation.For instance, the report indicates the mean LTE download speed increased from 14.4Mb/s in the first half of 2014 to 23.5Mb/s in the first half of 2017. The document also cites the return of unlimited data plans as an indicator of “pricing pressure” on US operators.As of the end of 2016, the study found Verizon subscribers accounted for 35 per cent of mobile market share. AT&T was in second place with 32.4 per cent market share, T-Mobile in third with 17.1 per cent and Sprint in fourth with 14.3 per cent. Together, the top four operators offer service to more than 98 per cent of US subscribers.“The 20th report concludes that competition continues to play an essential role in the mobile wireless marketplace, leading to lower prices, more innovation, and higher quality service for American consumers,” Hanley said.The commission’s three Republican members praised the report. Chairman Ajit Pai said the document presented “strong, incontrovertible” evidence of competition in the US market. Commissioner Michael O’Rielly similarly lauded what he deemed the report’s “rightful” conclusion, but noted there’s still “room for improvement”.DissentHowever, Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel objected to the finding on the basis that the report’s analysis of the market was incomplete. Clyburn noted that while 5G buzz is rampant on Capitol Hill, millions of citizens remain without access to “reliable and affordable” 3G service.“This (report) is like a doctor looking at one organ and pronouncing the patient to be as fit as a fiddle,” Clyburn said, adding: “I can neither understand nor condone why the majority used a truncated analysis to reach this conclusion.”Similarly, Rosenworcel said the report suffered a “fatal flaw” because it never actually defined what “effective competition” entails.“If you add this up, this Commission is making a determination about the state of competition in one of the most vital sectors of the new economy, using a standard that calls to mind Potter Stewart’s famous ‘I know it when I see it’,” she said. “That’s not good enough.”The decision is also likely to upset groups like the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), which represents smaller and rural operator interests in the country. CCA long called on the FCC to recognise what it calls a lack of competition in the mobile market.As the competition report was being drafted in May, CCA CEO Steven Berry issued a statement urging the Commission to recognise the “unfortunate reality that many parts of the country do not receive, much less have competitive choice for, mobile wireless service.”“The fact-of-the-matter is that competition is not present nationwide and varies significantly by geographic location, and it is high-time the Commission makes a conclusion to that effect,” he said at the time. US operators balk at new Lifeline standards Diana Goovaerts competitionFederal Communications Commission (FCC)operators Related HomeLatest Stories FCC declares US mobile market “competitive” Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more FCC takes hard line as mmWave sale beginscenter_img US telecoms help states fight robocalls Previous ArticleCK Hutchison, Ant Financial form payment JVNext ArticleDtac head says Line Mobile is marketing scheme Author Latest Stories Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 SEP 2017 last_img read more

Storm Bird flies off with the spoils at Kennard’s Boxing Day meet

first_imgStorm Bird trampled the opposition and galloped away with the spoils of the feature ‘Metro Mile’ event of the Boxing Day horse race meet staged at the Kennard Memorial Turf Club. With champion jockey, Kiran Razack in the stirrups, Storm Bird, of the Habibulla Racing Stables, toyed with its four rivals before pulling away on the final turn.The $1M first prize and the champion’s trophy compliments of the Trophy Stall were subsequently awarded to the steed’s handlers. Golden Blue Echo placed second while Settling Star settled for third. Defending champion, Lucky Star ended  fourth.Quick results of the day’s programme.Race 1 (L Non Winner) Red WeaselPerfect ReturnOsana Touch GoldRace 2 (H and lower) T&T Good Will BoyNot This TimeRace 3 (Two Year Old Guyana Bred Maiden) Awesome Bandit  Perfect PleasureShe’s a Man EaterMi Dia Blita Race 4 (L Open)Secret FlyerAwesome Banner Plane LandTouch GoldRace 5 (L Non Earner) MagalineDe Wicked CatOsana EscapeRace 6 (J & K Class)Mahaica StarTouch De CashUprisingUp Top Bosslast_img read more

Review: LaBeouf explores his own childhood in ‘Honey Boy’

first_imgThis image released by Amazon Studious shows Noah Jupe in a scene from “Honey Boy.” (Amazon Studious via AP)“Honey Boy” will break your heart.It hardly matters if you’ve never given a second thought to the circumstances of Shia LaBeouf’s life, his childhood or his rocky early adult years. But this is the kind of universally moving work that can only emerge from something immensely specific and personal.In the broadest sense, it’s a portrait of a boy whose father doesn’t, or can’t, love him the way he needs. But broad isn’t the point. The salacious tabloid sell is that LaBeouf wrote this script about his life while in rehab. It was therapy, but besides the location, it’s not terribly unique that a storyteller might get some personal catharsis. What separates “Honey Boy” from the standard confessional is the heart, precision and artfulness that LaBoeuf and director Alma Har’el employ to tell this story.A key element that makes this endeavor so brave and empathetic is that LaBeouf plays his own father, who in other hands may not have been rendered in such a complex and nuanced light. His father is a Vietnam veteran, a registered sex offender and drug addict who also played manager to his son’s acting career. In the film his name is James Lort. He’s got a receding hairline, John Lennon glasses and is emotionally and physically abusive to his kid, who he also clearly loves and cares about. He uses a motorcycle to transport his 10-year-old son Otis (played with a stunning worldliness by Noah Jupe) to and from the television show he’s starring on (a stand-in for Disney’s “Even Stevens” which LaBeouf started acting in when he was around 10).A motorcycle is obviously a terribly precarious way to transport a young kid (and, cynically, your only source of income) on the treacherous freeways of Los Angeles, and yet these scenes are some of the most beautiful in the film: The dangerous ride is a moment of silence and peace in this turbulent relationship where the son gets to just cling to his father, who he trusts despite everything, and enjoy the thrill of the ride. It’s the whole movie in miniature.This is a father who gives his son cigarettes as a treat, but also demands adherence to child labor laws even when no one in a production will. The bad outweighs the good here, but perhaps thanks to LaBeouf’s performance, or the writing, you can’t help but grasp at any string of hope dangled — like any abusive relationship, really.Most importantly, he’s not the parent Otis needs. When Otis asks for affection or guidance, he’s met with hostility or mocking. When he tries to stand up for himself, it’s even worse. Their rollercoaster existence goes into explaining why, when Otis is in his 20s (portrayed by Lucas Hedges) and in rebab, this young man who has never been to war is told that he has PTSD.The later years, in rehab, are not quite as effective or heartrending as the flashbacks, save for a rollicking opening montage showing Otis’ on and off-screen debauchery. But it does all come together nicely in its closing.“Honey Boy,” an Amazon Studios release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “pervasive language, some sexual material and drug use.” Running time: 93 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.MPAA Definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

Soweto to get a second state hospital

first_imgConstruction of Jabulani Hospital is back ontrack. MEC Faith Mazibuko said constructionwill be complete by December 2011. These men are hard at work in Jabulani.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kabelo ThabetheMedia Liaison OfficerGauteng Department of InfrastructureDevelopment+27 11 429 3733 or +27 83 703 0529RELATED ARTICLES• SA first with HIV kidney transplant• New hope for the deaf in SA• New homes for Soweto residents• Healthcare in South AfricaBongani NkosiConstruction of Soweto’s second state hospital, Jabulani, is back on track after being stalled for more than two years.This is welcome news for South Africa’s biggest township, whose existing healthcare system is under heavy pressure.The project has been plagued by delays after a joint venture between construction companies collapsed in 2007, said Gauteng’s Department of Infrastructure Development.The leading firm at the time, Ilima, set out to continue on its own without its three initial partners, but the project was “still far from completion” when its contract expired in May 2008.Although Ilima was granted a second contract in August 2008, the agreement was terminated a month later after “poor performance”, the department said.Illima and the provincial department are now locked in a court battle over funding. “We will be recovering some of our money from the company for the work it didn’t do,” said MEC for infrastructure development, Faith Mazibuko, at media briefing at the hospital construction site on 19 August 2010.A new contractor, Maziya General Services, has recently taken over the project and the government is happy with its progress.The completion deadline has been set for December 2011, and the department is confident there will be no more delays.“Maziya is promising,” Mazibuko said. “The contractor is committed. They are working very hard.”The 2009 financial crunch also stalled the project, said Mazibuko. “The country and indeed the province experienced one of the worst economic meltdowns in recent memory. This led to a lack of funding for this project …”Relieving pressure at Baragwanath R536-million (US$73-million) is being spent on the three-storey Jabulani Hospital, named after the section of Soweto it’s being built in. It will be a state-of-the-art public facility with 300 beds and well-equipped to address healthcare needs in the highly populated area.Soweto, South Africa’s most famous township, is in south-west Johannesburg and home to between 2- and 3-million people. Most of its residents cannot afford private healthcare.It’s hoped the new facility will ease the bottleneck at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital – the only existing government hospital in Soweto. “It will assist us in alleviating the pressure at Baragwanath,” Mazibuko said.Baragwanath is the biggest hospital in the southern hemisphere. It’s situated in the section of Diepkloof, but has to accommodate patients from the township’s almost 30 districts.“Everyone believes that when they go to Baragwanath they get healed. You even find people travelling from Zola section,” Mazibuko said. “We want to alleviate that pressure so that Baragwanath remains an academic hospital.”Jabulani, also referred to as the Zola Gateway Hospital, is now 42% complete, according to Mazibuko. Supporting buildings, like the 32-body-capacity mortuary and the kitchen, are also almost complete.Clinic near the hospitalJabulani Hospital is connected to the Zola Gateway Clinic, whose name is likely to be changed as there’s an existing Zola Clinic.Zola Gateway Clinic, which visibly impressed journalists at the briefing, was completed in 2009. But the R13-million ($1.8-million) facility is yet to be used, as the provincial Department of Health has ordered minor structural changes and some additions.These involve increasing the number of consultation rooms, which currently stand at 11, and getting more equipment. Most of the furniture, including patient beds, has been moved in and is ready for use.But it won’t be long until the clinic opens: “We’re hoping the Department of Health will take occupation soon,” Mazibuko said.last_img read more

Black people lead in paid-off homes

first_img25 January 2011More black South Africans live in homes which are fully paid for than any other race group in the country, according to a study by the SA Institute of Race Relations.“The relatively high home ownership figures for Africans, particularly in urban areas, are a triumph over laws such as the Natives (Urban Areas) Act of 1923, which sought to limit home ownership of this population group,” Kerwin Lebone of the institute’s research department said in a statement on Monday.The study conducted by the SAIRR found that some 60 percent of black households in the country had fully paid-up the homes in which they lived in 2009, compared to 46 percent for other race groups.The institute said the higher home ownership figures for black people could in part be explained by state-subsidised housing programmes.In South Africa’s two most affluent provinces, Gauteng and the Western Cape, 34 and 42 percent of households respectively had fully paid off their homes.The less wealthy Eastern Cape and Limpopo provinces had higher home ownership figures, with 71 percent of households in both provinces having paid off their homes.“The total number of households that owned and had fully paid off their homes, out of a total of 13.8-million South African households, was just over 56 percent. Out of the total fully paid homes, male-headed households made up 56 percent and female 44 percent.”Seventy percent of all households headed by women had fully paid off their homes, while only half the households headed by men had fully paid up theirs.Sapalast_img read more

Bubbles in the Enterprise: Omniture Founder Gets $43 Million – But What’s the Product?

first_imgIn 1996, Josh James founded Omniture, a Web analytics company that sold to Adobe in 2009 for $1.8 billion. After selling Omniture, James founded a startup that’s been in stealth until today. The new company, Domo (formerly called Shacho), is a business intelligence software-as-a-service and has received $43 million in funding, including $33 million from Benchmark Capital. According to a previous announcement, the angel investors included Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, Ron Conway/David Lee and Andreessen Horowitz.So what’s the product that’s being announced, now that this is out of stealth? I’m not sure.In the two page press release we received, there’s much boasting Domo transforming BI. But no talk about how it will actually do that. The actual product is only mentioned in the final paragraph, and it is only described as an “executive management platform.” That tells us nothing.My initial instinct was to skip the story. We’re a tech blog, we usually leave the funding stories to other sites. But the tech press has been quick to pick this up – and it is an awfully big funding. And the lack of details is bothering me. When the stories about Color were going around, at least there were clear descriptions of what the app actually did.Now that the announcement has happened, there’s some detail on the Domo site, but for the most part it’s just advertising copy. “Domo seamlessly delivers real-time intelligence from all those sources into one browser-based view, accessible across any device, including mobile platforms such as the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android.” The whole point of BI is to aggregate data from around the enterprise into one location so that it can be visualized and analyzed, so this statement doesn’t tell us much, except that it’s a real-time BI tool with mobile clients. There’s some screenshots that look pretty, but Domo’s certainly not the first pretty BI suite.We can work out a little from the fact that Domo acquired Corda Technologies, which had actual products available before the acquisition.I get a few pitches a week from companies claiming to reinvent or revolutionize or democratize business intelligence. Most of them have a hard time explaining how its dashboards are actually any different than Cognos or Business Objects or newer offers from TIBCO or JackBe.Domo may have some amazing secret sauce. And I’m sure the investors are better informed than we are about what’s under the hood. I want to hear more about Domo before I write it off as just another BI dashboard vendor. And to Domo and James’ credit, there was an actual product demo at the press event.But this feels awfully a lot like bubble behavior. Lots of talk about funding and revolutionary technology. Not much talk about what the products actually do or how they are different from existing technology.Lead image by Umberto Salvagnin Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img klint finley Tags:#enterprise#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Predictions for IT Consumption – Reflections From 2014

first_imgThese insights represented a clear call to action. While IT perceives its role as being critical to the enterprise, the fact is lines of business are gaining more influence over technology matters. Leading me to the tenth insight: It’s time to wake up. IT must act proactively now or risk losing value to the business in the end. As part of the tenth insight, researchers stated collaboration, value creation, and innovation will be the drivers of IT success in the future. I couldn’t agree more.Forbes just published a two-part interview series surrounding cloud technology in 2020, and it largely reiterated the call to action in last year’s study. “We’re talking about creating a digital culture that has a digital DNA. That means helping people understand the difference between right-brain and left-brain functions. It means understanding where design and creativity come into play, and how we can use our products and services to create new experiences and new outcomes for our customers.”As we move towards the promise of 2020, it’s imperative that IT leaders start thinking differently and challenging the status quo. The cloud is here to stay, so how are you going to distinguish your strategy from others? If the enterprise as a whole is to evolve into an entity designed for digital, CIOs need to be embracing differentiators and encouraging the business to collaborate on tech-driven growth. The true value creation will come from fostering a company culture that embraces the future of the digital world.For the full study, please read “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models: Top 10 Insights.” For a closer look at the statistics, check out this presentation by Manjula Talreja, VP of global cloud practice for CCS. And to continue the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #ITCenter to stay connected.Chris PetersFind Chris on LinkedInOpens in a new window.Start a conversation with Chris on TwitterOpens in a new window.See previous content from Chris. In the eyes of IT decision makers, cloud is good.Cloud is here … and growing.Emerging markets: A greenfield for cloud-driven innovation.Satisfaction with cloud providers is high, but so are expectations.IT wants to feel safe in the cloud.There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach.IT views itself as being front and center……but lines of business are gaining IT influence.A renewal of business-IT partnership.A wake-up call for IT. In the year 2000, 200 million devices were connected to the internet on a global scale. Today, there are approximately 10 billion connected devices. By 2020, it’s estimated we’ll see 50 billion devices connected worldwide. And at the heart of that connectivity lies the cloud.In 2013, Cisco Consulting Services (CCS) partnered with Intel to explore the powerful changes affecting IT consumption at all stages. The “Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models” study surveyed 4,226 IT leaders in 18 different industries across nine key developing and emerging economies. As cloud technology has proliferated the enterprise, organizations are being challenged with a fundamental shift in the IT consumption lifecycle. So what will the IT organization of the future look like, and what will its leaders have to do to be successful in that environment? Here were the top 10 insights, with my takeaways in bold:last_img read more

Gillian Anderson Goes Nude With A Conga Eel

first_imgBritish taxpayer’s money is being given to French fishing trawlers to destroy the deep seabed in British waters. This is the message being promoted by Gillian Anderson and others in the latest collection of Fishlove images, the photographic campaign that is highlighting the issue of collapsing fish stocks.The collection, photographed by French portrait photographer Denis Rouvre, includes images of Gillian Anderson, Olivia Williams, Goldie and a number of French celebrities posing with fish.Anderson’s Fishlove portrait with a threatened deep sea Conger Eel is being released to coincide with last ditch efforts to end deep-sea bottom trawling in European waters, a practice that is wiping out deep sea ecosystems the size of London every day.A vote to ban the practice will take place in the European Parliament on the 10th December, and is presently being blocked by the French government.Deep sea trawling uses giant nets which drag along the seabed, destroying everything in its path. The practice has been condemned by scientists and campaigners as being the most destructive form of fishing in history.“What is really shocking is that deep sea fishing is wholly dependent on taxpayer’s money for its survival. The practice is not only environmentally but also economically unsustainable,” says Nicholas Röhl, who founded the Fishlove campaign with the actress Greta Scacchi.“Public money is being used to destroy the marine habitat for the gain of a tiny number of (predominantly French) fishermen,” he says.The majority of deep sea bottom trawling is conducted by less than a dozen French vessels, six of which belong to the fleet of the French retail giant Intermarché.All eyes are on whether the French government will continue to obstruct any moves to eliminate the most destructive deep-sea fishing gear in the lead up to the crucial vote on the 10th December.President Hollande’s administration is seen by campaigners as having caved in to intense pressure from the lobbyists representing Intermarché and the powerful French fishing industry.What is less clear is why the UK government is not doing more to oppose the French position.“The UK has no benefit in this fishery, and furthermore is losing invaluable ecosystems because of the activity of the French vessels,” says Claire Nouvian from the French non-profit organization BLOOM, which has set up a petition to end the practice.“It doesn’t make any sense that the UK government is effectively supporting French industrial fishers over and above the interests of UK citizens,” she says.“Despite receiving millions of euros in subsidies, these industrial vessels are in chronic deficit. Bottom trawling is a financial black hole that would not exist without our tax money,” Nouvian adds.“Deep-sea ecosystems are the greatest unexplored habitat in the world. An overwhelming body of scientific opinion suggests that we should be doing everything to protect them. Why, then, do we allow economically unprofitable practices that cause them significant long-term damage?” says Steven Devlin, economist at the New Economics Foundation.In campaigning for the end of deep sea fishing, Fishlove is hoping to build on its success in influencing various votes that have taken place this year.“We’ve helped turn the tide on years of mismanagement of European fisheries this year by putting the issue on the front covers and pages of the world’s media,” says Greta Scacchi, co-founder of the campaign.In recognition of its instrumental role in the campaign, Fishlove was recently asked by Maria Damanaki (European Commissioner in charge of Fisheries and Marine Conservation), to hold an exhibition of the Fishlove portraits within the European Commission building in Brussels.Earlier this year, the European Parliament voted to end over-fishing through the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, to restrict subsidies for boat construction and to ban shark finning on board vessels of the European Union.“The European Parliament just needs to vote for the elimination of the most destructive deep sea fishing methods to leave a perfect legacy behind,” says Scacchi.Find out more here.last_img read more

Vickery and McGowan two Texans finding a home in OSU athletics

Junior outfielder Noah McGowan steps to the plate during the Scarlet and Gray World Series on October 7, 2016 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOne thousand, one hundred sixty-six miles is a long way from home. That is the one thing freshman Selina Vickery and junior Noah McGowan have in common: They are both Ohio State athletes from the Houston, Texas area adjusting to life in Columbus. Other than that, their stories could not be more different. But Vickery, a midfielder from Friendswood, Texas, was not on the Buckeyes’ recruiting radar, said OSU women’s soccer coach Lori Walker. “Selina kind of recruited us,” Walker said. “I know her club coach from previous relationships and experiences. They kind of reached out to us and said that she had decided to come to Ohio State. We really didn’t know her and hadn’t seen her. We didn’t have a chance to see her until she was here on campus.”Vickery ended up being the only freshman walk-on to make the team this fall. However, she didn’t receive much playing time in the regular season. Vickery played 38 minutes and had one shot on goal this season. Despite the lack of playing time, Walker is very aware of the effort that Vickery put in to make this team. “I think it’s a very difficult position to be in, you know, as far as not having been included in the class,” Walker said. “I thought she did a great job of including herself and getting to know the team as quickly as possible. She is a very technical player and she plays without fear, which is great. She came into a space where everybody knew each other and she really had to insert herself.”As for McGowan, he already had some experience under his belt. The Houston native spent two years at McLennan Junior College in Waco, Texas, before signing with OSU in late October of last year. With the amount of players the Buckeyes lost to the MLB Draft, McGowan and OSU were a perfect match.“They knew that they were going to lose some bats in the lineup,” he said. “They knew I could hit for power and hit in the middle of the order, and that I could play good defense and play multiple positions. They knew I’d be good for them, just like I knew they’d be good for me.”Expecting to be the starting second baseman with a prominent place in the middle of the batting order, McGowan was thrust into a major leadership position as soon as he got on campus. That was the selling point when OSU baseball coach Greg Beals was recruiting him. “The closer for us, though, in recruiting Noah McGowan, is how his coaches at McLennan spoke about Noah as a teammate, as a leader,” Beals said. “The type of young man he is. They had nothing but strong and positive words to say about Noah and about his character.”Going into a new program in a new state expecting to be one of the leaders on this young team is a daunting task. However, McGowan seems to be up for it.“It’s hard to get up and have to just go,” McGowan said. “You don’t really ever get to see these people. I’ll get to see them for Christmas break but, even then, it’s not going to be like if I lived at home. It was a bit of an adjustment, but I’m happy with the decision I made.”For Vickery, this transition was more than just about the distance from home. It was about the size of the program in general. However, she has had help along the way to make her a part of the soccer family. “There has been a big culture shock,” Vickery said. “I come from a small town and this is such a huge environment, but everyone has been super supportive and it’s been a much smoother transition than I expected. The seniors were very welcoming and they brought me into the family.” read more