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PK In The Know Podcast: Spectrum, Apple eBooks, Fake Data Hogs, and Bittorrent TV

February 17, 2012 Mobile Innovation , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Unlicensed frequencies , Wireless

On today’s podcast we update the status of spectrum in the payroll tax bill, and discuss Apple’s overreach in its ebook authoring software, AT&T proving that data hogs are fake, and a new way to broadcast video from bittorrent.

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Sneaking 3 Horrible Wireless Ideas into One Bill

January 31, 2012 AT&T , Broadband , Competition , Mobile Communication , Mobile Innovation

Here in Washington, a classic way to get a bad policy passed is to attach it to the back of some unrelated “must pass” piece of legislation. Attaching one bad idea to a bill is sneaky.  Attaching two bad ideas is bold.  Attaching three?  Well, that’s what we have with a trio of horrible wireless ideas that some people in Congress are trying to attach to the upcoming Payroll Tax bill.

It is almost as if the proponents of these additions took a few years’ worth of ideas that will make wireless worse, wrapped them up in a bundle, and glued them to the underside of a bill that – if it does not pass – will raise taxes for millions of Americans.  In this case, these conditions would apply to spectrum freed up by the transition to digital TV broadcasting, and would impact some of the most useful spectrum to become available for years.  What are these conditions?

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Smart Cities, Spectrum, and Senator Snowe — Will Any Republican Presidential Candidate Show Vision?

January 5, 2012 Broadband , FCC , Mobile Communication , Mobile Innovation , Spectrum

Thomas Friedman writes in his column yesterday that none of the Republican candidates has focused much on technological innovation, then proceeds to focus on the matter of “smart cities.” Friedman’s thesis is fairly straightforward: to maintain our competitive edge, we will need to keep pumping up our bandwidth, particularly in cities and towns which historically act as the incubators for The Next Big Thing and all its associated, Highly Useful Little Things. Blair Levin’s Gig U gets favorable mention, and Blair gets quoted a lot on why we want huge bandwidth in urban areas as well as making sure everyone gets access to functional broadband.

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