Items tagged "Spectrum"

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Public Knowledge Sees Benefits To Cable Spectrum Sale

December 2, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum

 

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


“On the one hand, it is good news that Verizon is paying $3.6 billion to buy useful spectrum from the cable company consortium. Spectrum is better held in the hands of those who will use it, as opposed to those who don’t.

“The transaction also shows how relatively cheaply more spectrum can be acquired by those who need it. The purchase price is about one-tenth of the amount AT&T wants to pay for T-Mobile to theoretically solve AT&T’s spectrum shortage.

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Can AT&T Really Walk Away From The FCC While Keeping The T-Mobile Deal Alive?

November 25, 2011 Mobile Communication , Monopoly , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Wireless

We remember the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse as the end of the Civil War, despite the fact that Confederate forces remained in the field for several weeks thereafter. The announcement by AT&T and Deutsche Telekom (DT) that they have told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismiss their application to transfer T-Mo to AT&T “without prejudice” is rather similar.

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Public Knowledge Pleased With FCC White Spaces Testing

September 14, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum , White Space

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

“We are very gratified that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has started to begin testing a crucial element for the use of the “white spaces” between digital TV channels (white spaces).  The Commission said that on Sept. 19 it would begin a 45-day trial of the first of nine databases that will allow new devices using the white spaces to operate without interfering with existing broadcasters.

“It’s vitally important for our economy, for innovation and for consumers that development of devices built around white spaces go forward.  This trial is an important first step to a new era of communications and other technologies.  We commend FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski for putting this process in motion.”

A copy of the FCC order is here.

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Wireless Phones Ought to Work Better During Emergencies

August 25, 2011 Spectrum , Wireless

After Tuesday’s east coast earthquake, lots of people tried to call their loved ones and couldn’t get through. A parent may have wanted to check on his kids or a spouse may have wanted to call home to say that she was all right. Maybe people wanted to just touch base and chat about the unusual event, or maybe they needed to just talk about their possibly-delayed commute home. Or–more seriously–they may have tried to call 911, to report an injury related to the quake or not. But anyone who tried to make a wireless call of any importance found out the hard way that carriers don’t design their networks to cope with peak usage.

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App Developers Need Competition, Not Consolidation in the Wireless Industry

July 14, 2011 Choke Points , Mobile Communication , Spectrum , Wireless

Independent app developers would be harmed by reduced competition in the wireless market. But according to Morgan Reed of the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), nothing’s going to help independent mobile app developers more than the AT&T/T-Mobile merger–apparently app developers should look forward to the day when the gatekeepers that stand in the way of them and their customers have more power.

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The Spectrum Policy Time Machine

July 13, 2011 Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Spectrum Reform , White Space

Since when does setting good spectrum policy require a time machine? Because that’s what the draft House Republican spectrum bill (the “Spectrum Innovation Act of 2011”) does. Look at page 26 of the bill to see what I mean. The bill tries to free up more spectrum for broadband, but it does it in a way that threatens the future of unlicensed spectrum, one of the key things that has made broadband take off.

Millions of people use Wi-Fi every day. It’s one of those ubiquitous technologies that works as a glue holding our proliferating gadgets together. Wireless ISPs use it to connect people to the Internet in places where there might otherwise be poor or no service. Coffee shops and other public places offer it as a basic amenity.

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Lots of Potential Buyers for T-Mobile if they Want to Leave the US Market

June 7, 2011 AT&T , Competition , Mobile Communication , Spectrum , Wireless

One of the recurring myths perpetrated by the supporters of the AT&T-T-Mobile merger is that AT&T is the only viable, economically able purchaser of T-Mobile, whose parent company Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced its intention to pull out of the US market.  Witness an email blast by the Communications Workers of America, which despite the reality that this merger will cost thousands of jobs, supports it:

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The Case Against AT&T&T (Part I)

March 29, 2011 AT&T , Competition , Mobile Communication , Spectrum , Wireless

Public Knowledge unequivocally opposes the proposed merger of AT&T, the 2nd largest national wireless carrier, with T-Mobile, the fourth (out of four) largest national wireless carrier.  If the $39 billion merger is approved, the combined entity would serve anywhere between 42-44% of all wireless subscribers, and together, AT&T&T and Verizon would control nearly 80% of all subscribers, with a weakened Sprint far behind.  So much for the wonderfully competitive wireless market that is the mantra of every debate on network neutrality and broadband deployment!

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Why Did The White House Support Reallocating D Block? It’s Smart Politics.

February 2, 2011 FCC , National Broadband Plan , Public Safety , Spectrum , Wireless

The announcement by the White House that it would support reallocating the D Block – the 10 MHz of spectrum left over from big broadcast band auction of 2008 (the 700 MHz Auction) – to public safety use rather than auction it for commercial use defies conventional wisdom on two fronts.

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Commissioner Baker Continues The Spectrum Discussion Started By Blair Levin

October 20, 2010 FCC , National Broadband Plan , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform , Wireless

Last year when Blair Levin first started talking about reclaiming broadcast spectrum for broadband (now known as the “incentive auction” proposal), he made it clear that the FCC needed to reexamine all of its existing spectrum allocations. “Everyone should be worried,” Levin responded to those who accused him of picking on broadcasters. Since then, however, the broadcast bands and federal bands have remained the focus for reallocation and auction.

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