Entries Matching: White Space
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Events like South by Southwest can highlight the limitations of wireless Internet access. Put a large number of techies in the same city and as they all try to tweet, share photos, and stay connected they can quickly saturate Internet connections--leading to websites not loading, messages not being sent, and connections dropping.
Engineers have already solved this problem--but there are legal challenges as well as technical challenges. Policymakers in DC have to make sure that FCC rules allow people to take advantage of new wireless technologies that are already being built. They need to set WiFi free.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on
Communications and Technology held an oversight hearing on the implementation
of spectrum auctions in an effort to meet the growing demand for wireless
broadband services and fund a nationwide public safety network. The five FCC Commissioners testified before
the panel on the status of the auctions and their interpretations on how the
auctions will free up additional spectrum and promote competition. These auctions were part of the Middle Class
Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.
For background on the spectrum provisions included in this legislation,
Feld’s recap of the legislation from February of this year.
We have all kinds of reality-challenged folks in Washington.
We got those who believe that we need to go back to the gold-standard and
abolish the Federal Reserve. We got those who think vaccinations cause
learning autism. To this we can now add “the folks who think we can keep
finding federal spectrum to auction forever.”
Last month, we warned about how some folks in Congress (with support of the usual suspects) wanted to get some really bad law on the future of wireless included in the Payroll Tax Cut Extension. The proposed law would have:
a. Stopped the FCC from having any kind of net neutrality conditions on any future wireless services the FCC would create by auctioning more wireless spectrum licenses.
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