Entries Matching: Mobile Communication
NFL fans, it is time to choose - playoffs or email? Verizon and the NFL announced last month that fans could stream NBC’s wildcard games (Cincinnati/Houston and Detroit/New Orleans), the Pro Bowl, and the Super Bowl on their mobile phones. What they failed to mention was that taking them up on their offer would probably blow through your entire monthly data limit. What they really failed to mention was that once you hit your cap, your next email will cost you $10 in overage fees.
Thomas Friedman writes in his column yesterday that none of the Republican candidates has focused much on technological innovation, then proceeds to focus on the matter of “smart cities.” Friedman’s thesis is fairly straightforward: to maintain our competitive edge, we will need to keep pumping up our bandwidth, particularly in cities and towns which historically act as the incubators for The Next Big Thing and all its associated, Highly Useful Little Things. Blair Levin’s Gig U gets favorable mention, and Blair gets quoted a lot on why we want huge bandwidth in urban areas as well as making sure everyone gets access to functional broadband.
Background: On August 11, 2011, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), anticipating protests and demonstrations in its stations, shut down access to cellular communications, disrupted mobile phone and data service to a massive number of consumers for up to four hours. Later that month, Public Knowledge along with eight other public interest organizations filed a Petition asking the FCC to declare that the BART’s actions violated the Communications Act. Yesterday, BART adopted a new policy on cell service interruption.
The link to our August petition is here: http://www.publicknowledge.org/emergency-petition-declaratory-ruling-re-bart
The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, Legal Director of Public Knowledge:
We remember the surrender of General Robert E. Lee
at the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse as the end of the Civil War, despite the
fact that Confederate forces remained in the field for several weeks thereafter.
The announcement by AT&T and Deutsche Telekom (DT) that they have told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismiss their
application to transfer T-Mo to AT&T “without prejudice” is rather similar.
The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DoJ) just won
its lawsuit to block H&R Block from acquiring its smaller, “maverick”
competitor Tax Act. Even with the actual Order sealed for a month to let
parties scrub out the trade secrets, a few important things stand out for why
this is good news for DoJ in its lawsuit to block AT&T taking over T-Mo. In
sports terms, this is like DoJ having a super strong exhibition season going
into the regular season of play. While you still need to play the games to see
who wins, anyone facing them ought to be worried.
Here are my major takeaways from what we know so far: