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Will FCC and Congress Sabotage Obama State of the Union High Tech Goals?

President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night certainly hit quite a few high notes for the tech community.  There were a half dozen mentions of the Internet, shout-outs to Facebook and Google and a mention of better use of wireless spectrum.

He certainly set an ambitious goal: “Within the next five years, we’ll make it possible for businesses to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans.”  What he didn’t say was that his Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Julius Genachowski, has sentenced all of those wireless users to a second-class Internet experience by leaving them out of the already vague Net Neutrality order issued in December.

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New Congress, Old Congress—Telecom Stalemate Continues

After all the shouting has died down, after the House elects its Republican leaders and after the Senate sorts itself out, the reality is that policy in the telecom sector will likely remain where it has been for the past two years – in state of suspended animation.  That’s a shame, because the people who can most benefit by some reasonable and commonsense changes may not have the opportunity to do so.

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Commissioner Baker Continues The Spectrum Discussion Started By Blair Levin


Last year when Blair Levin first started talking about reclaiming broadcast spectrum for broadband (now known as the "incentive auction" proposal), he made it clear that the FCC needed to reexamine all of its existing spectrum allocations. "Everyone should be worried," Levin responded to those who accused him of picking on broadcasters. Since then, however, the broadcast bands and federal bands have remained the focus for reallocation and auction.

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