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New African Declaration Highlights Net Neutrality, Spectrum and Access to Information Principles

September 19, 2014 Internet Governance , Net Neutrality , Spectrum Reform

More than two dozen global civil society organizations, most of which are based in Africa, unveiled the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Istanbul, Turkey earlier this month. The declaration’s main purpose is to create a widely endorsed standard within a human rights framework for internet-related policy making decisions in Africa.

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The Spectrum Gap Keeps Growing

August 17, 2012 Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Spectrum Reform

Recently there have been a number of high-profile spectrum transactions. It is possible to describe them in a way that sounds beneficial. In the Verizon/SpectrumCO transaction, a lot of spectrum that was not being used will be sold to a company that will actually use it. In the AT&T/NextWave transaction a lot of spectrum that is not being used will be sold to a company that will actually use it. In a vacuum it is true that spectrum is better off used than not used, and as a legal matter it’s also true that the FCC is generally not allowed to consider alternate buyers when deciding whether to approve a spectrum license transfer.

But this narrow view masks a large problem–a growing “spectrum gap” between Verizon and AT&T and the rest of the wireless industry, that is hobbling competition and harming consumers.

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The PCAST Report And The Inconvenient Truth About Federal Spectrum.

July 24, 2012 Spectrum Licensing , Spectrum Reform , White Space , Wi-Fi , Wireless

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.”

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Public Interest Groups Ask FCC To Block Verizon Deals With Cable Companies

February 22, 2012 Press Release , Spectrum Reform , Verizon , VerizonSpectrumCo

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should not allow Verizon to enter into a complex series of transactions with the country’s largest cable companies, nine public-interest groups, led by Public Knowledge, said Tuesday.

In the filing, the groups said that Verizon’s arrangements to buy spectrum from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House, with a separate deal for Cox, would “would fundamentally alter the nature of the telecommunications world in a manner utterly contrary to that intended by the 1996 Telecommunications Act.”

The groups on the filing are: Public Knowledge, Media Access Project, the New America Foundation Open Technology Initiative, Benton Foundation,1 Access Humboldt, Center for Rural Strategies, Future of Music Coalition, National Consumer Law Center, on behalf of its low-income clients, and Writers Guild of America, West

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The Final Score on Spectrum Legislation: Bad Stuff Averted, Good Stuff Made Possible. I Call That A

February 17, 2012 Spectrum Licensing , Spectrum Reform , White Space , Wi-Fi , Wireless

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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