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The Spectrum Gap Keeps Growing

August 17, 2012 Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Spectrum Reform

Recently there have been a number of high-profile spectrum transactions. It is possible to describe them in a way that sounds beneficial. In the Verizon/SpectrumCO transaction, a lot of spectrum that was not being used will be sold to a company that will actually use it. In the AT&T/NextWave transaction a lot of spectrum that is not being used will be sold to a company that will actually use it. In a vacuum it is true that spectrum is better off used than not used, and as a legal matter it’s also true that the FCC is generally not allowed to consider alternate buyers when deciding whether to approve a spectrum license transfer.

But this narrow view masks a large problem–a growing “spectrum gap” between Verizon and AT&T and the rest of the wireless industry, that is hobbling competition and harming consumers.

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Congress Wants More Spectrum (and Broadband) From the FCC

July 10, 2012 Broadband , FCC , Spectrum

How can we meet demand for spectrum and spur innovation?

This question sums up what all the Representatives were asking at today’s FCC Oversight Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology—and it’s a really good question.  It shows that Congress is aware of the importance of wireless and wired technologies in the lives of consumers and businesses.  It also shows that they are eager to improve these technologies to promote competition, promote job creation, and help make our lives easier.  

House Representatives asked thoughtful and insightful questions of all 5 FCC Commissioners on meeting the demand for spectrum, providing universal broadband service, promptly addressing issues, updating regulations to ensure competitive markets and innovation, and even the storms that have been sweeping the country. 

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CTIA’s Beta Tests App For Responding to Policy Issues On Our Bandwidth Caps White Paper.

April 23, 2012 Mobile Innovation , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Wireless , Wireline

Every now and then, somebody responds to something we did or said with such an inappropriate bullet point that we can only laugh. These often read like someone tried to use some application for picking key words and matching to bullet points, but the App is clearly still in Beta.

The response of CTIA-The Wireless Association to our White Paper on Usage Based Pricing, aka bandwidth caps, surpases even these usual whacko responses. It ought to win some kind of prize. Perhaps the “Please Check your Magic Eight Ball Again” Award, given for a response that not only demonstrates that you failed to look at the executive summary and conclusion, but actually confuses people who did.

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FCC to Verizon and Cable Cos: Play by the Rules

March 13, 2012 Mobile Innovation , Spectrum , Verizon , VerizonSpectrumCo , Wireless

The orders the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued last week in its review of the big deal between Verizon, Comcast and assorted other cable players will force the companies to play by the rules, and will provide a good view into how the industry is trying to construct its own little cartel.  The FCC staff asked a number of detailed questions, and the answers could show how Verizon and its four cable partners want to divide the world among themselves.

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What Are Comcast and Verizon Hiding?

March 6, 2012 Comcast , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Verizon , VerizonSpectrumCo

In this latest installment of 5 minutes with Harold Feld, Harold gives some background as to why secret cross-marketing arrangements between Comcast and Verizon should be of concern to the FCC and the public at large.

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