Internet service providers have long been a thorn in the side of the American consumer, and they’ve been able to do it by turning their customers into captive customers.
When cable companies went bust in the early 2000s, their customers were left in the dark.
It wasn’t until 2009 that the Federal Communications Commission came into play.
The FCC passed rules aimed at curbing internet service providers’ abuses.
The rules were a godsend for ISPs who were struggling to stay afloat in the midst of a recession, but they were criticized by consumer advocates.
The rule was an early indicator of what would come to be known as the “Cable Wars,” a term that’s used to describe a period of fierce competition between cable companies and wireless carriers.
The cable wars took a toll on the wireless industry as well, as wireless carriers found ways to gain access to the fastest networks while AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast were able to offer their customers a higher quality internet service.
In 2017, a new ruling from the FCC signaled that the cable wars had finally ended, and that the future of wireless internet service is bright.
The wireless internet was back to being a good investment.
In 2018, the FCC said that wireless internet plans are eligible for the FCC’s Lifeline program, and wireless internet services are eligible to receive Lifeline funding.
That means wireless internet can now be used to pay for cable internet.
The biggest winners have been wireless carriers, which now get a massive amount of money in Lifeline subsidies.
For example, AT&T gets $400 million in Lifelink funding each year, and Verizon gets $800 million in funding each.
With wireless internet access, you get the same Lifeline funds, and the subsidies aren’t a big part of the cost.
That said, it’s a good deal.
In 2020, wireless internet users saw an average of $15.40 per month.
That’s an increase of nearly $6,000, and it’s nearly 10 times the average monthly cost of cable internet service, which has increased by more than $5,000.
The cost savings on wireless internet is a lot more than the $10.50 you might pay for the cheapest cable plan, but the Lifeline subsidy is still worth it for wireless internet.
Wireless internet providers also received a boost in 2018 when the FCC passed a rule that allowed them to charge more for higher-speed broadband.
That meant that wireless ISPs could offer their own internet plans.
Prices for wireless broadband increased by $7.5 billion in 2018.
With this subsidy, the wireless internet market is one of the best in the country.
It’s also the biggest market in the world, with about half of the country’s households owning a smartphone.
For the wireless carriers who have struggled with the loss of wireless access, the new rules have allowed them a much-needed boost in profits.
For now, wireless providers are getting by on the money they make from the subsidies, but that’s about to change.
In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission is expected to rule on whether wireless broadband service is a good business model.
If the FCC rules in favor of wireless broadband, it will set a precedent for other wireless carriers that can’t survive on the largesse of the FCC.
It will also likely be a boon to wireless carriers themselves, who will now have a new incentive to invest in their networks.
Wireless ISPs are a vital part of our society, and without them, we wouldn’t have a functioning economy.
But wireless internet, like cable internet, isn’t a substitute for traditional cable internet or broadband.
It provides access to a much faster, more reliable, and more affordable internet, but there’s no substitute for reliable, affordable, and affordable internet.