Keeping an Open Mind on SpectrumJanuary 11, 2010 Broadband , DTV , Innovation , NTIA , Spectrum Reform
As Harold has been saying, a long-term solution to the "spectrum crisis" is going to involve a lot more than just throwing more spectrum at the wireless industry. We also need to look at smarter ways of using spectrum. In this, we're in accord with NTIA, which recently told the FCC that they both "should explore ways to create incentives for more efficient use of limited spectrum resources, such as dynamic or opportunistic frequency sharing arrangements in both licensed and unlicensed uses." We're on the record as supporting these kinds of approaches.
Spectrum policy shouldn't be dogmatic.Read More
The Media Bureau v. The National Broadband PlanDecember 21, 2009 DTV , FCC , SOC , Spectrum Reform , White Space
At the December 16 Commission meeting, the folks working on the National Broadband Plan made a further presentation/sneak preview/trial balloon on what to expect when they publish the plan on February 17 (God willin' and the crick don' rise). While we at Public Knowledge criticized the plan for failing to have the courage of its convictions and the evidence by taking a pass (so far at least) on promoting structural separation, that does not make the plan worthless.Read More
CES Day 1: Sony’s 7 Imperatives: Openness is Good, but Not EntirelyJanuary 8, 2009 DTV , FCC , HDTV , Network Neutrality
After an 18 hour sojourn to get to Las Vegas yesterday (thank you, US Airways), I settled down this morning to hear Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro's "State of the Industry" address as well as Sony Chairman and CEO Sir Howard Stringer's Keynote. Gary's address was particularly notable for its video opening, which included Gary embedded in a series of old movies – as Groucho Marx in "Duck Soup", as Dr. Frankenstein, as George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life," among others, thanks to a technology called Yoostar., which allows people to play characters in their favorite movies. Watch the video here.Read More
‘Tis the Season for Transition MeetingsDecember 16, 2008 DRM , DTV , Internet Protocol , Municipal Wi-Fi , Network Neutrality
All one needs to do is go to the Presidential Transition website, Change.gov, to see how busy the various agency review teams and policy working groups have been getting the new administration ready to take over the reins of government on January 20. The agency review teams are busy talking to the current occupants of agencies like the Federal Communications Commission to determine what their current agendas are and how things can be improved in the future. The policy working are thinking only of the future and how to implement policies going forward in areas like the economy, health care and national security. And both types of teams are meeting with stakeholders to get their ideas on how the Administration should proceed.
Today, PK was a participant in two meetings organized by the Media and Democracy Coalition. Nearly 40 individuals representing two dozen public interest organizations and foundations attended.Read More
A Perfect Storm of Bad Copyright LegislationSeptember 10, 2008 Broadcast Flag , DTV , Open Access to Research
Here at PK, we've been keeping our heads down the past few days, trying to fight against some really bad legislation. Once we finally get word of one, another one popped up. There
are three in all (so far) are four (another was introduced during the writing of this post!!!) and we're going to need your help to put them away.
S. 3325, The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008
First up is the Senate's version of the House's PRO-IP bill, S. 3325, “The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008.” Rashmi's written a good breakdown of the differences between the bills, but that analysis may not hold up for long as we're hearing that, as you read this, a deal may have been made to nix the differences between the bills so a compromise can be passed with ease.Read More