Items tagged "Open Access to Research"


Carriers Constrain Entrepreneurs

June 15, 2007 FCC , Open Access to Research , Policy Blog , Spectrum Reform

Previously, I've written about how the success of the MVNO (though not without its problems) demonstrates how an Open Access-like business model can work in a wireless context. The underlying carrier, such as Sprint or Verizon, can sell access to its network at wholesale rates to a company like Virgin Mobile, which then markets to consumers. This model can be and is a success both for the retailer and the wholesaler.

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In the News

June 12, 2007 DRM , Open Access to Research , Piracy , Policy Blog

  • YouTube will begin using filtering technology to block users from posting copyrighted content. This technology has long been demanded by studio executives and decried by public interest groups

  • eBay has opened its three largest businesses – eBay, PayPal, and Skype – to third party developers. The open API's will allow outside individuals and companies to build new shopping and buying applications, but because only a few developers will be given 'preferred' status, new programs may be slow in coming.

  • Yahoo said that China should not punish people for expressing their political opinions on the Internet. This comes one day after a Chinese woman announced her intention to sue Yahoo for helping Chinese officials imprison her son.

  • Former Engadget editor Pete Rojas is launching a new music blog that will give away songs for free. The site, RCRD LBL, will make money through advertisements on its blog.

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  • The FCC formally opened its review of the XM-Sirius merger to public comment. The Commission has aimed to complete the merger review within 180 days, though that date is not binding

  • Apple may soon begin a $2.99 movie rental service. The DRM-protected downloads would survive for $30 days and could be copied to one other device, such as an iPod or iPhone.

  • The Church of England is considering suing Sony for using Manchester Cathedral as a site in its new first-person-shooter video game. The Church is demanding that Sony apologize and that 'Resistance: Fall of Man' be pulled from shelves.

  • Forbes has an article this week about the fight for Open Access

    "It's now clear that the techies are learning, fast, how to take a fight to Washington. One of the companies pushing the idea–Frontline Wireless–already has former FCC Chairman Reed Hunt on staff, proving they know how to play this game. Now we'll see if they have the stomach to win it."

  • The Chicago Tribune says that opening up the set top box market will raise consumers' cable bills

    What seems more certain is that consumers' monthly cable bills are likely to rise a few dollars after the new rule takes effect. That's because the cable box born from the regulation costs more to produce, a cost likely to get passed down to TV watchers, analysts and cable operators say.

You can see why we disagree with this conclusion here, here, and here

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Senate to Hold 700 MHz Auction Hearing — Hope They Also Listen To the People

June 5, 2007 Network Neutrality , Open Access to Research , Policy Blog , Spectrum Reform

The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing on the 700 MHz Auction. "The 700 MHz Auction: Public Safety and Competition Issues," will take place on Thursday June 14 at 10 a.m. in the Senate Russell Bldg (come early if you want a seat, or hire a professional.

We can expect the usual panoply of industry representatives and, with the Democrats back in charge, possibly a public advocate or two. But the real question remains whether the Senate (and their colleagues in the House) will listen to the more than 250,000 Americans who have already told the FCC they are tired of business as usual.

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  • FCC Commissioner Michael Copps has an op-ed article in Saturday's New York Times about broadcasters' public service requirements, recommending among other things that the license term be cut from eight years down to three:

    "Using the public airwaves is a privilege — a lucrative one — not a right, and I fear the F.C.C. has not done enough to stand up for the public interest. Our policies should reward broadcasters that honor their pledge to serve that interest and penalize those that don't."

  • A Chicago man was arrested for allegedly uploading four episodes of the TV show '24' before they aired in January. If convicted he faces up to three years in prison.

  • Tim O'Reilly has a posted the results of an experiment in open access publishing. His company's new book, Asterisk: The Future of Telephony, was offered for free online concurrent with a print release: "Our goal of course, is to help publishers understand whether free downloads help or hurt sales. The quick answer from this experiment is that we saw no definitive correlation, but there is little sign that the free downloads hurt sales."

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Open access is a policy that improves choice, increases competition, and might increase America's standing in the international broadband rankings. It is one of the key policy recommendations filed with the FCC by the Ad Hoc Public Interest Spectrum Coalition (PISC) regarding the upcoming 700 mhz spectrum auction. We think that the public interest is best served when the same company that owns the "pipe" (in this case, the wireless network) does not also control the retail side of things. Increased competition is more likely than a monopoly (or duopoly) model to give customers choice in broadband service as to speeds and pricing– and it is more likely to bring broadband to areas that are currently underserved.

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John Edwards Supports PISC Open Access, Net Neutrality, and Anonymous Bidding Proposals, Where Do Ot

May 30, 2007 FCC , Open Access to Research , Policy Blog , Spectrum Reform

Democratic Presidential Aspirant John Edwards sent a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin on the 700 MHz auction. Although the letter does not mention PISC by name, the letter urges adoption of three key PISC proposals: make half the spectrum open access, apply network neutrality to all 700 MHz licenses, and adopt anonymous bidding to prevent collusion or retaliation. To quote the relevant passages:

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PK In the Know Podcast 29

May 29, 2007 Open Access to Research , Policy Blog

This episode of In The Know Podcast is something a little different—it’s a video, so you’ll only receive it automatically if you’re subscribed to the media feed, or you can view it in your browser in this post after the jump.

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PK In The Know Podcast 26 and 27

May 11, 2007 DTV , Fair Use , FCC , Network Neutrality , Open Access to Research

If you're not a subscriber to the PK In The Know Podcast (and why not!), you might have missed our most recent episodes:

Episode 26 mp3

Episode 27 mp3

700MHz spectrum reform with Media Access Project's Harold Feld.

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We Live To Fight Another Day!

April 26, 2007 FCC , Network Neutrality , Open Access to Research , Policy Blog , Spectrum Reform

The members of the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, which includes PK, held our collective breath for almost 12 hours today before finding out that the FCC will indeed seek comment on all of the issues we raised in our filings urging specific auction and service rules for the 700 MHz spectrum auction. To recap generally, we are seeking rules that would promote the creation of a competitor to the cable-telco broadband duopoly. For details on what we've proposed, check out our posts here and here. But today's concern was largely procedural – we knew that the Commission was not going to be making a lot of firm decisions, and just wanted to ensure that our issues remained on the table for the public to comment upon.

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