Items tagged "Unlicensed frequencies"

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Rumors of Apple Set-Top Box a Reminder of Thwarted Innovation

August 17, 2012 Future of Video , Plug and Play , Set-Top Box , Unlicensed frequencies , Wi-Fi

The Wall Street Journal has run two recent reports that describe Apple’s plan to roll out a cable set-top box. There have been rumors about this for years. Back in 2007, Steve Jobs showed a level of familiarity with obscure cable technology that would suggest that Apple engineers were looking into this kind of product back then. But Jobs was repelled by the janky technology, and instead, Apple introduced a pure streaming device–the AppleTV–that did not interact with cable TV content. But most of the most valuable content is still available only on cable, or on cable first. Lots of people seem to love the AppleTV, but there’s a reason why Apple still describes it as a “hobby.”

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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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Updates and this week’s PK In The Know Podcast: DVD Ripping, Boxee, Spectrum, and the Open Design En

February 10, 2012 Innovation , Set-Top Box , Unlicensed frequencies , White Space , Wireless

The PK in the Know podcast has been off for the past few weeks so that we could make technical changes to the back end.  This will result in a better feed, but  unfortunately it also means that the feeds have changed.  Please update your feeds by clicking here to subscribe via iTunes, and clicking here to subscribe via other readers.

But now, on to this week’s podcast!

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Sauce for the Goose: An Addendum To My “Auctioning Unlicensed” Post

July 15, 2011 Competition , FCC , Spectrum Licensing , Spectrum Reform , Unlicensed frequencies

Yesterday, I posted why the proposal in the House Republican Spectrum Reform discussion draft makes no sense economically. For those who would argue that it does, I reply: then it ought to run both ways. In every auction, the FCC ought to be required to present two options: the licensed option for individuals and the unlicensed option for “collective” bidding.

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White Spaces Lurches Forward; FCC Releases Public Notice Soliciting Database Manager Proposals.

December 2, 2009 Broadband , Spectrum Reform , Unlicensed frequencies , White Space , Wireless

Over a year ago, the FCC took a major leap forward on deployment of broadband and rethinking our national spectrum policy by voting to open the unused broadcast channels for unlicensed use (aka the "broadcast white spaces")(you can find more on our issue page here). The Order left a bunch of questions unanswered, such as who would run the proposed database of available frequencies for white space use — an issue the Order said would be addressed in a future public notice. Petitions for Recon got filed, lots of requests for revision and modification of the rules got made, and then nothing happened.

In fairness to OET, it's been a busy year. First there was the change in Administration, then it was "DTV transition all the time" until the magic June 12 deadline. Then it was bringing on a new FCC Chair and two additional new Commissioners.

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