|By Marketwired .||
|February 6, 2013 08:20 AM EST||
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/06/13 -- A recently proposal from the Federal Communications Commission to provide the U.S. public free access to WiFi could become a major obstacle for the $178 billion wireless industry. "For a casual user of the Web, perhaps this could replace carrier service," said Medley Global Advisors analyst, Jeffrey Silva. "Because it is more plentiful and there is no price tag, it could have a real appeal to some people." Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Telecom Industry and provides equity research on CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T).
The Washington Post has recently reported that the FCC has proposed the idea of creating super WiFi networks around the U.S., which would allow the public to make cellphone calls or surf the Internet free of charge. The FCC's plan has been in discussion for years but gained traction after endorsements from Google and Microsoft. The companies believe that easy access to free public WiFi would spur "millions of devices that will compose the coming Internet of things." If approved, it would still take several years before the FCC's proposal would be in full effect.
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CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. During the third quarter of 2012 the company added an additional 44,000 high-speed internet customers and ended the quarter with over 5.8 million subscribers. CenturyLink is scheduled to release results for the fourth quarter 2012 after market close on Wednesday, February 13th.
With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. The company reported wireless data revenues of $6.8 billion in the fourth quarter, a year-over-year increase of 14.7 percent. AT&T had approximately 107.0 million wireless subscribers in service at the end of the fourth quarter.
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