Items tagged "Spectrum"

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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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Public Knowledge Calls AT&T Spectrum Statements ‘Unfortunate’

January 26, 2012 AT&T , Press Release , Spectrum

The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director for Public Knowledge:

 

“It is unfortunate that AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson still believes that buying out the wireless industry is the only way to improve his company’s spectrum efficiency.

 

“His comment in this morning’s earnings call that the FCC has made it clear the agency won’t allow acquisitions as a means of increasing spectrum holdings is inappropriate for two reasons. The failed acquisition of T-Mobile would have had far wider implications than simply a spectrum acquisition. It is unfortunate that AT&T thinks that the only way it can increase its spectrum holdings is to purchase a competitor.  Using its current holdings more efficiently would also go a long way to relieving the company’s purported spectrum shortage. In addition, the Commission did allow AT&T to purchase spectrum from Qualcomm. 

 

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Public Knowledge Commends Verizon and Comcast For Filing Deal Details – Yet Questions Remain

January 19, 2012 Press Release , Spectrum

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director for Public Knowledge:

 

“We are pleased that Verizon and Comcast with its cable partners filed material today with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) explaining the details of their joint marketing and technical arrangements.

 

“This voluntary filing will eliminate a controversy that surely would have taken place had they not done so.

 

“At the same time, no one should accept the companies’ claim that the arrangement are outside of the FCC’s jurisdiction.  They clearly are.  We expect the Commission to evaluate these arrangements in the context of the spectrum deal to determine how the entire transaction will affect competition and the public interest.”

 

 

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Public Knowledge Joins Eight Others Asking For Details On Verizon-Comcast Deal

January 19, 2012 Comcast , Press Release , Spectrum

Public Knowledge was one of a group of organizations and companies which yesterday asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require Verizon and Comcast to file more details about their proposed new business arrangements.

The letter is here.  

Verizon has agreed to pay $3.6 billion to several cable companies, led by Comcast, for spectrum those companies hold but have not developed.  In addition, there are agreements for Verizon to market cable products and to work together to develop new technology.

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Public Knowledge Defends FCC Auction Practices

January 16, 2012 Press Release , Spectrum

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and AT&T in recent days have issued statements criticizing the Federal Communications Commission’s conduct of spectrum auctions.

Chairman Upton’s statement is here.

AT&T’s is here.



The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:

“It is truly unfortunate that the spectrum auction authority of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is under attack from powerful members of Congress and from a major telecommunications company.

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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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Public Knowledge Congratulates FCC on White Spaces Announcement

December 22, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum , White Space

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:

“We congratulate the FCC on its announcement today that it has certified a database and device capable of using the TV white spaces. This marks a new era in open wireless technology, which already contributes $50 billion every year to the American economy. 

“The newly certified ‘Super WiFi’ will increase the capacity of these networks tenfold, improving the wireless broadband experience for all Americans while creating new opportunities for innovation and job creation.”

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Closely Examine Verizon Spectrum Purchase

December 19, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum

Per standard procedure, Verizon has officially applied with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to purchase spectrum from Spectrum Co. 

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:

“It is critical that the FCC be prepared to act if the application and the agreements raise the possibility of anti-competitive coordination. While it is important to get spectrum into productive use, the possibility that this may create ‘backdoor’ channels by which competitors may divide the market and keep out potential new entrants is very real. The FCC has authority to insist on reviewing the associated agreements, whatever the parties may say.”

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Groups Urge Congress to Preserve FCC Flexibility in Spectrum Allocation

December 16, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum

Contact: Katie Barr
Glen Echo Group
202-525-4343
kbarr@glenechogroup.com

Congress should not impose “harmful constraints on the ability of the FCC to make appropriate spectrum allocation decisions,” 20 companies, trade associations, and public interest groups said today. 

In a letter to the Senate and House, the groups expressed concern over spectrum allocation provisions included in the JOBS Act passed by the House on Tuesday, and urged negotiators to “modify these provisions to preserve the FCC’s existing authority to respond to changes in this continually evolving and dynamic market,” saying,

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC Statement on Importance of Unlicensed Spectrum

December 14, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum

On Tuesday evening, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski voiced concern about language that has been rolled into recently-passed the House GOP payroll tax bill. While the bill does create voluntary incentive auctions for spectrum reallocation, it does not allow the FCC to adopt unlicensed spectrum policies, among other things.

Chairman Genachowski’s statement is here

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:

“Especially in light of the recent study by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) which found that the consumer benefits of unlicensed spectrum exceed $50 billion every year, we commend Chairman Genachowski for highlighting the importance of unlicensed spectrum. We could not agree with him more that

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