Items tagged "Innovation"

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Selectable Output Control: Why?!

October 15, 2009 DVR , FCC , HDTV , Innovation , Set-Top Box

You may remember that at the end of last year, the FCC declined to give a small group of Hollywood studios the ability to turn off the video inputs that over 20 million high definition televisions rely on. Almost a year later, the MPAA is back, threatening not make content available, responding to year-old arguments while trying to pretend 2009 never happened, and making a lot of noise without saying anything new. So we're back, too, with a letter detailing why the MPAA's petition to use Selectable Output Control (SOC) at worst imposes millions of dollars of costs on consumers and at best leaves us scratching our heads asking why the Commission would even consider it.

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Why Washington Needs To Hear From More Venture Capitalists (and pay less attention to Wall St. Analy

August 19, 2009 FCC , Innovation , Spectrum Reform , TXTSMS , White Space

The August 19 Wall St. J. contains an op-ed from former hedge fund manager Andy Kessler that at first blush looks like someone here at PK might have written it. Kessler starts with Apple blocking the Google voice ap, and runs through the way spectrum auctions re-enforce industry structure and lock in a tight oligopoly that damps innovation and allows those companies that actually have a pipe to charge ridiculous prices for services such as text. He notes that because mobile services are critical to our economic growth that this holds back economic development, and observes that it massively overcharges consumers.

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ISPs Behaving Badly: Fiber in Your Diet Does Not Count, Either

May 19, 2009 Broadband , Fiber , Innovation

What do you think of when you hear the term, “Fiber Optic Internet Service?” My guess is that it means the same to you as it does to me, a guy with 25+ years of communications experience.  It means that the media between your connection to the Internet (as provided by your ISP) and the peering/exchange points (where your ISP connects to other network operators) is all based on fiber-optic technology.

A lot of ISPs are trying to trick you into believing that their network is like that, when it actually is less.

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AT&T Blocks SlingPlayer over its 3G network, still permits its own video services

May 14, 2009 AT&T , Broadband , Innovation , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access

You may have read that this past week SlingMedia finally released its much anticipated SlingPlayer for the iPhone. It's an application that lets you remotely stream video and remotely control your home television, from your computer, mobile device, and now iPhone. However the app has been relegated to only working on the iPhone via WiFi, not the available 3G data network, at the request of AT&T. AT&T's justification for this is as follows:

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