Items tagged "Broadband"

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Digital Freedom Campaign hosts first Freedom Band Showcase Tomorrow Night

June 27, 2007 Broadband , DRM , DTV , Fair Use , Policy Blog

Tomorrow night at the Rock and Roll Hotel on DC’s up-and-coming H-Street, the Digital Freedom Campaign will be hosting a concert with Baumer, DC-based Exit Clov, and Jonathan Coulton (there may be a few spaces left—email here if you’re interested).

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Sports or Competitive Broadband: A decision we luckily will never have to make

June 27, 2007 Broadband , Policy Blog , Spectrum Reform

Representatives from seven major sports leagues came to lobby members of Congress and the FCC to keep unlicensed devices out of the white space. White space refers to vacant frequencies between TV channels that serve as buffers, preventing TV broadcast signals from interfering with one another. Wireless microphones have capitalized on this empty, using it to broadcast their signal without causing interference. The FCC is now considering whether other devices should have the same right to use the white space. The Sports Technology Alliance fear devices operating in the white space could interfere with microphones and headsets used by coaches, officials and sportscasters.

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The Public Knowledge blog is a great source for up-to-date information on key communications and copyright issues. But if you haven't been reading it forever, well, it can be a little hard to jump in. Here, then, is a primer on some of the issues we've been working on, what's new, and why you should care.

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700 MHz Hearing

June 19, 2007 Broadband , Policy Blog , Spectrum Reform

Last Thursday, four Public Knowledge interns attended the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the 700 MHz Spectrum Auction. They vlogged about their experience:

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What do we want? For the FCC to open unused TV white space for unlicensed transmissions! When do we

June 19, 2007 Broadband , Policy Blog , Spectrum Reform

With all the talk about the 700 MHz auction, it is easy to forget that the neighboring spectrum could be used to provide wireless broadband as well. No one talks about this spectrum because it's not for sale. But what if I were to tell you there are chunks of this valuable spectrum lying unused, just waiting to be used to offer you wireless broadband. Is that something you might be interested in? There is such spectrum and it is called "white space."

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700 MHz auction about more than revenue

June 14, 2007 Broadband , Network Neutrality , Policy Blog , Spectrum Reform

The Senate Commerce Committee held its hearing on the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction today.

Though some Senators still seem to think of the auction as a way for the government to raise as much money as possible (like a complex bake sale with invisible cupcakes), other Senators demonstrated that they understand the tremendous impact this auction will have on the future of our country. Senator Inouye, Senator Rockefeller and Senator Kerry were especially supportive of the FCC using this auction to further the national goal of more broadband facilities and competition rather than merely to maximize short-term government revenues.

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AT&T and Hollywood’s crosshairs close-in on common threat

June 13, 2007 Broadband , Network Neutrality , Piracy , Policy Blog

The LA Times is reporting that AT&T and Hollywood are getting together to take a bite out of piracy.

AT&T's reason for this new-found partnership comes from the realization that it distributes Hollywood's content when it sells its Uverse TV service. James W. Cicconi, an AT&T senior vice president is quoted in the article as saying: "We do recognize that a lot of our future business depends on exciting and interesting content." Piracy competes with that new revenue stream, so AT&T had better take an active role in protecting Hollywood's content.

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Boucher Wants to Improve America’s Broadband

June 7, 2007 Broadband , Municipal Wi-Fi , Network Neutrality , Policy Blog

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) gave the opening keynote at the Broadband Policy Summit today in Arlington.

He noted that America is the home of the Internet and remains its technological and economic leader, and that in terms of raw numbers, America is the world leader in broadband. But he is concerned with America's 15th-place ranking in the recent OECD study. He detailed a number of plans he thinks would help improve broadband penetration in America.

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News of Interest on 3-21-2007

March 21, 2007 Broadband , FCC , Network Neutrality , Policy Blog , Public Domain

There are a few notes in the news you might be interested in as a PK Policy Blog reader:

Jeff Rabhan, who manages artists and music producers including Jermaine Dupri, Kelis and Elliott Yamin, says CDs have become little more than advertisements for more-lucrative goods like concert tickets and T-shirts. "Sales are so down and so off that, as a manager, I look at a CD as part of the marketing of an artist, more than as an income stream," says Mr. Rabhan. "It's the vehicle that drives the tour, the merchandise, building the brand, and that's it. There's no money."

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PK and Net Neutrality at Pittsburgh’s 7th Annual Computer Science Day

February 22, 2007 Broadband , Network Neutrality , Policy Blog

Tomorrow, Friday, February 23, the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Computer Science will be holding their 7th Annual Computer Science Day.

At 2PM Eastern, PK's own Communications Director Art Brodsky will be part of a debate, entitled: Is the End of Free Internet Near? A Public Debate on Net Neutrality[PDF]. The event was covered in Pitt News, and the webcast is archived here.

Good luck tomorrow, Art, and do us proud!

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