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February 06, 2013 10:50 AMThere's a common misconception that a plan to open up more unlicensed, unmanaged spectrum will mean free Wi-Fi for all. Expect a lot of wonderful things, including competition for cellular carriers, but not for free.
February 07, 2012 09:00 AMWhat happens when the federal agency that is charged with regulating communications in the US butts heads with other agencies who oversee the likes of national defense, transportation, and aviation over issues of potentially devastating radio interference? Why, you get the FCC's current very strange stance on Lightsquared, a wannabe mobile broadband wholesaler.
December 22, 2010 08:07 AMThe Federal Communications Commission seems to have again exceeded its charter with the recent Net neutrality decision. Even though the FCC pulled the trigger, I suppose Congress is guilty of aiding and abetting the agency's latest foible by not intervening, yet. Charged with "regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable," the agency continues to favor one industry player over another and shows, yet again, why Congress needs to step in and redefine the agency's limits.
December 20, 2010 10:10 AMI simply do not understand how Net neutrality detractors think that the proposed rules the FCC wants to put into place could hurt innovation. Even a cursory read of the rules shows that they are trying to set a level playing field, ensuring that those who control the last mile cannot arbitrarily limit or restrict access to Internet services. Open access does not stifle innovation. Open access to Internet services is the catalyst to innovation. Let's face it: Telcos and cable companies are the least innovative companies around. They only innovate to protect their turf.
December 03, 2010 12:11 PMWith the Federal Communications Commission's announcement that it will review net neutrality on Dec. 21, the real devil will be in the details: What framework will be voted on by the commissioners, who are already divided, perhaps irretrievably? The focus then is on "the framework" developed by Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman of California, who is chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
August 18, 2010 01:56 PMThe new FCC Broadband Performance OBI Technical Paper No. 4 is already fueling the hype machine with the headline that consumers get roughly half the stated upload and download speeds Internet service providers claim. What the FCC found simply confirms what we knew already: the speeds advertised by ISPs are not what end users actually receive, but the reality isn't as bad as the numbers suggest. The report states that 80 percent of broadband users need only four megabits per second (Mbps), which equals the actual average speed that users received across all types of services offered.
August 12, 2010 08:00 AMAs we all know, Google and Verizon have reached a private agreement to for Google to pay for priority shipping of its bits over Verizon's networks. Both companies are getting beat up for that agreement. Google is getting beat up because they have long been proponents for net neutrality and have turned their back on the wireless side. Verizon is getting beat up because they are Verizon. But the pernicious FUD that is spread about Net Neutrality is appalling. It started long before October 2009, when the FCC rules were proposed, and hasn't stopped since. Net Neutrality doesn't stop providers from doing business. It does attempt to stop them from doing business unfairly.
August 09, 2010 12:52 PMThe broadband debate will shift from private deals among carriers and content providers to regulatory solutions including reclassifying the Internet as a Title II telecommunications service, according to Senator John Kerry. Pointing to the "Congressional stalemate" over broadband regulation Senator Kerry said the FCC is likely to move ahead on a regulatory solution for oversight of broadband after public outcry over the FCC's private meetings with companies caused the FCC to drop the meetings.
July 30, 2010 09:15 PMAs an organization, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may not seem as relevant as the WiFi Alliance or as technologically astute as the standards folks at the IEEE, but the FCC is becoming ever more important to the IT community on a number of fronts. The agency is a worthy subject of study for anyone who cares about pending changes in the wireless world.
May 21, 2010 03:29 PMFor the first time since 2002, the Federal Communications Commission in its federally mandated annual Mobile Wireless Competition Report did not conclude that the market is competitive, rather that it has become more concentrated over recent years. The report, which reflects the state of the cell phone market for 2008 and 2009, determined that the mobile wireless ecosystem is "sufficiently complex" so that several factors need to be taken into consideration when doing an analysis of competitive market conditions.
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