8 thoughts on “FCC privacy rules can KO CableCos Wireless plan”

  1. “In what appears to be an unintended consequence of FCC rules aimed at protecting consumer privacy, the three cable companies will be required to seek their customers’ permission through an opt-in to allow them to share their personal information with Sprint.”

    Unintended consequences? I think not.

  2. Unintended is the right phrase to use, since we of course can’t get into the “mind of martin.” however, the skepticism on our part is totally justified. 😉

  3. Om,

    NICE catch. I couldn’t believe it as well–Martin actually doing something proactive for consumers? INCONCEIVABLE.

    This explains it, of course–Martin uses this new rule to stick it to incumbent cable companies AND poor Sprint Nextel in favor of AT&T and Verizon.

    I still think the ruling is a good one from a consumer privacy perspective, but after reading this, I have even less doubt that Martin’s true goal was to ensure his own bread-and-butter–support from the big telcos–was protected.

    Very nice work. I’ll blog about this myself.

  4. Om – adding an A-Team reference further displays why people keep coming back…

    Promise me that when you make billions and trillions you will begin a post with – “I love it when a plan comes together”

    And no, those of you who read this will NOT get your 13 seconds back…

  5. Talked with some folks familiar with the JV and they didn’t think this rule would affect the JV one bit because the products are not marketed in a way that this rule would restrict.

    Sprint doesn’t share customer information with the cable companies, they sell their customers cable service. The cable companies actually sell Sprint service. There is no sharing of customer information.

  6. If sprint is supplying billing info to the cable co’s, there is no way for them not to share something. Sprint isn’t just going to provide the phones/services/programming and not be able to track it. What I find odd is credit card companies share our data with 3rd parties all the time. Yes, you can fill out the little postcard that comes with the privacy policy and send it in (opt out) so the cableco’s can slip this in it’s billing, those who DON”T sent it in will find thier names on a sprint list as a user.. Oh my god..the thought of it. End result. If they can’t go with Sprint, they can’t go with any other provider.. so Verizon, AT&T will lose out too.

  7. Where the hell is this supposed joint venture between Sprint and cablecos that is now branded as Pivot? It has supposedly been available in metro-Boston for months but I have never seen advertisement one and I see no way to sign up via either Comcast.com or Sprint.com using a variety of Boston zip codes as my “address”. Does this really exist or is it all a huge hoax?

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