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FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai calls the agreement between the biggest wireless companies and the broadcast incumbents over the Incentive Auction band plan a ‘consensus,’ ignoring objections from consumers and competitors. But an auction designed by the biggest incumbents will be a disaster for everyone, and a ‘consensus’ of incumbents that ignores consumers is no consensus for an FCC Commissioner.
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireless Bureau issued what should have been a fairly routine and highly technical Public Notice about possible alternative band plans for the 600 MHz Auction aka the Incentive Auction.
This could also be called “that incredibly crazy, complicated deal Congress came up with last year where broadcasters sell back spectrum licenses to the FCC so the FCC can sell them to wireless companies.”
Since public comment makes it clear that the various proposals present a lot of challenges (see my incredibly long and wonky explanation here), it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Wireless Bureau asked for further comment after holding a band plan workshop a few weeks ago.
AT&T has clarified that its bad policy of restricting video chat apps is still in place. We've also found out that handset providers need to jump through hoops to avoid being blocked. But AT&T has promised to end these practices by the end of the year.
When I wrote about AT&T's blocking of Google Hangouts over cellular last week I admit I was confused. I didn't understand why AT&T would allow Hangouts on iOS but not Android. It really looked like some kind of oversight, because the Android app, just like the iOS app, was installed from an app store and not "pre-loaded," which is a distinction AT&T has made before. I also wondered if app developers had to somehow work some special magic to make their apps work on AT&T's network.
But, yesterday AT&T put out a statement that clarifies some things while confusing others. First, it really does appear that AT&T defines Hangouts for Android as "pre-loaded." Even though it hasn't actually been pre-loaded on any phones yet, an app by the OS developer appears to count.
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Today Mignon Clyburn, Chairwoman of the FCC, announced the distribution of the the Connect America Fund (CAF). The CAF is a portion of the Universal Service Fund (USF) that goes to building out broadband in high-cost rural communities.
The following can be attributed to Harold Feld, Senior Vice President:
"It's heartening to see Chairwoman Clyburn true to her commitment to move important items forward. The decision on how to allocate the CAF money was already made some time ago. Moving forward keeps the FCC on track in its ongoing efforts to address the continuing and urgent problem of rural broadband deployment. We look forward to working with the Chairwoman Clyburn and Commissioners Pai and Rosenworcel in the coming weeks on broadband, prison phone rates, media policy, spectrum, and other issues."
Today, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013. The bill introduces several reforms to patent litigation. In particular, it requires parties asserting patents to explain their infringement case in detail early on at the pleading stage, it limits discovery during the lawsuit, shifts litigation costs and fees, and empowers defendants to join into the lawsuit other parties with interests in the patents.
The following can be attributed to Charles Duan, Director of Public Knowledge's Patent Reform Project:
of John Bergmayer
Senior Staff Attorney
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
Hearing on “The State of Video”
May 14, 2013
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