Monday, November 03, 2014

New Survey: Consumers Value a Deregulated Wireless Broadband Market

Mobile Future released the results of a new survey today demonstrating that consumers do not favor more government regulation in the wireless broadband market. The key findings are:
  • 90% of Consumers Believe Today’s Level of Regulation or Less Would Help Spur More Innovation.
  • 72% of Consumers, 79% of Millennials and >88% of Heavier Data Users Are Open to New Business Models and See Consumer Benefits.
  • 88% of Consumers Believe the Government Should Not Block—or Be Involved at All—In Approving New Wireless Business Models.
  • Only 10% of Consumers Say Their Wired and Wireless Habits Are Similar—Demonstrating Awareness of Mobile Network Differences.
  • Consumers Are Twice as Likely to Use Smartphones, But Basic Phone Use Remains Significant.
FSF President Randolph May posted a blog today entitled “Thinking the Unthinkable - Part III” in which he stated that Title II advocates oppose “zero-rating” or “sponsored data” plans because they are supposedly harmful to consumers. However, Randolph May’s argument and the results of this survey suggest that consumers value the economic freedom to choose the wireless broadband subscription that is best for them.