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Wireless Industry Complaints Closely Related to Competition, Say Panelists

WASHINGTON, December 14, 2009 – What’s the greatest source of dissatisfaction in the mobile wireless industry? Ironically, according to industry experts and government representatives attending a conference on customer complaints, it is competition itself. The size and pervasiveness of the mobile device market has exploded. In the space of just 17 years, the number of active mobile subscribers in the United States has exploded from 11 million to 276 million. An increased number of complaints have accompanied this market growth. Keep Reading

Wireless

Lawmaker Wants More Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

WASHINGTON, December 4, 2009 - The United States must act soon to meet the increasing demand for more spectrum, a key lawmaker said on Friday. "Our nation is on the verge of a wireless spectrum shortage," said Sen. John Ensign, R-N.V. "As evidenced by the tremendous success of smart phones, demand for wireless broadband devices and services is exploding. If the United States does not act soon to meet the increasing demand for more spectrum, we risk falling behind other nations in developing new technologies." Keep Reading

Wireless

FCC Commissioner Attwell Baker Calls For More Efficient Use Of Spectrum

WASHINGTON, December 4, 2009 - A top government official focused on the need to improve the allocation of spectrum for future broadband expansion during a telecommunications conference on Thursday. “The United States needs a comprehensive approach that expands upon proven flexible, market-oriented policies that facilitate spectrum access, wireless innovation and competition,” said FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker during a keynote address (PDF) at the Phoenix Center’s Annual Telecom Symposium. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

Tuesday Panel to Explore ‘Grand Bargain’ on Broadcast Spectrum

A proposal to return much of the spectrum used by commercial television broadcasters is gaining some mindshare in Washington telecommunications circles. A high ranking FCC official recently suggested it might be possible to craft a "grand bargain," in which broadcasters return unused portions of their digital television spectrum to the government in exchange for proceeds from an auction. The spectrum to be auctioned off could fulfill a coming need for spectrum to be used by the burgeoning wireless broadband industry. Keep Reading

Wireless

FCC Takes Steps To Allow Use Of Unused TV ‘White Space’ Spectrum

WASHINGTON, November 25, 2009 - The Federal Communications Commission has moved ahead to implement an order from last year to establish rules to allow new wireless devices to operate in unused broadcast television spectrum. “The rules will allow for the use of unlicensed TV band devices in the unused spectrum to provide broadband data and other services for consumers and businesses,” according to a public notice (DOC) dated November 25. The FCC document invites proposals from entities that would like to be “Designated TV Band Device Database Managers.” Keep Reading

FCC Creates Standardized Process for Cell Tower Siting, Discusses Broadband ‘Gaps’

WASHINGTON, November 22, 2009 - In unanimous 5-0 decision, the commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to standardize the application process for tower siting requests. Advocates of the move said that the action marked another step by the agency to speed adoption of broadband in the United States. For example, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell said, “We are promoting broadband by removing roadblocks to its development.” Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

Study: Mobile Broadband Growth To Increase Competition

Mobile services in the U.S. are currently very competitive, according to a report (PDF) released Thursday by William Lehr of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The study, which was commissioned by the industry advocacy group Broadband for America, suggests “that the overall impact of mobile broadband will be strongly pro-competitive for broadband services overall, and for fixed broadband access in particular.” Keep Reading

National Broadband Plan/Wireless

ITIF Urges Government Involvement to Speed Mobile Payments in U.S.

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 - Experts at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation said Tuesday they are hopeful that mobile payment can catch on in the United States, but admitted that responsibility will fall to governments to provide the catalyst. “The market cannot do this on its own either in the short term or in the long-term,” said ITIF President Rob Atkinson. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

Google Provides Free Holiday Wi-Fi In Airports

Google is now a wireless carrier, working with airports across the country to provide free wireless from now through January 15, the company said Tuesday. Currently, the wireless will be available in 47 airports including: Las Vegas, San Jose, Boston, Baltimore, Burbank, Houston, Indianapolis, Seattle, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, St. Louis and Charlotte. Google is working with Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group, Airport Marketing Income and others on the initiative. Keep Reading

Wireless

Office of Science and Technology Policy Official Calls for Patent Reform at Wireless Event

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2009 – A top technology advisor to President Obama said Monday that the administration was committed to reforming and streamlining the patent system as a way to foster innovation. Speaking at an event on wireless innovation, White House Office of Science and Technology Deputy Director Tom Kalil addressed innovation across the economy, and particularly at the university, industry and K-12 educational levels. Keep Reading

Wireless

Before October 27 Auction, a Q&A With Gregory Rose, Author of 'The WiMAX Band'

WASHINGTON, October 23, 2009 - Next Tuesday, October 27, 2009, the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to hold Auction 86, for the use of radio-frequencies being deployed through WiMAX technologies. The presence of two major carriers in the band – Clearwire and Sprint – makes this auction crucial for the success of WiMAX in the United States. Last week, BroadbandCensus.com began offering for sale a major report on “The ‘WiMAX Band’: Characteristics, Technology, Major Spectrum Holders in the BRS-EBS Service and Prospects for Auction 86.” BRS-EBS stands for Broadband Radio Service-Educational Broadband Service. Click here for further information about the report – including an extensive series of detailed and searchable auction tables in spreadsheets. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

Ronald Coase's 'The Federal Communications Commission', 50 Years On

Half a century ago, economist Ronald Coase criticized the political allocation of radio frequencies by the federal government in a seminal article, entitled “The Federal Communications Commission,” in the Journal of Law and Economics. He argued that the government could achieve efficient allocation by allowing property rights in the electromagnetic spectrum. He later won the Nobel Prize in Economics for the ideas first articulated in that paper. Keep Reading

FCC Chairman Commends Mobile Initiative on Chargers

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued a statement on Wednesday praising the mobile phone industry's eff0rts to standardize charger attachments for wireless devices. Industry representatives announced the initiative at the CTIA annual convention in San Diego. The issue of interoperability had been raised in an FCC oversight hearing by House Communications Subcommittee chairman Rich Boucher, D-Va. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

FCC Chairman Genachowski Praises AT&T's Wireless VoIP Move

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Monday praised the Tuesday move, by AT&T, to no longer prevent customers with Apple's iPhone from using voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) telephone services bypassing AT&T's voice network. "When AT&T indicated, in response to the FCC's inquiry, that it would take another look at permitting VoIP on its 3G network I was encouraged," Genachowski said in a statement. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

Can You Really Have Too Much Spectrum?

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a notice seeking comment on whether more radio spectrum is needed for wireless broadband services. The notice is part of the Commission's process in crafting a national broadband plan, which is due to Congress in February 2010. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

Google Stands Accused (by AT&T)

Google has been accused by AT&T of violating the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules for blocking Google Voice calls to some rural areas. In a letter to the FCC, AT&T urged the Commission to level the playing field and order Google to play by the same Internet Policy rules as other carriers. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Wireless

Senate Commerce Committee Passes Radio Spectrum Inventory Act

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2009 -- The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved S. 649, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, which would give the National Telecommunications and Information Agency and the Federal Communications Commission 180 days to present Congress with a complete inventory of the radio frequencies that they manage from 300 Megahertz to 3.5 Gigahertz. Keep Reading

Internet Providers, Consumer Advocates Optimistic on Internet Regulatory Outlook

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 12, 2009 - As the Obama administration's FCC and technology policy agenda begins to take shape, internet policy experts at the Tech Policy Summit expressed relief at what they percieved as a more friendly White House for technology, but clashed on America's success in broadband deployment and the role of wireless in expanding internet access. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act/Wireless

Rural Telco Co-op Puts Cash Into WiMax Plan

ASHBURN, Va., April 28, 2009 - Looks like rural WiMax provider DigitalBridge Communications has found some new friends in the rural telco business, judging by a couple of announcements today from both Digital Bridge and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), which represents some 1,400 rural electric and telephone utilities across 48 states. Keep Reading

Wireless

Out of the DTV Hot Seat, Baker is Proud of NTIA Tenure

WASHINGTON, February 26, 2009 - Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce Meredith Atwell Baker, who spent much of 2008 as the public face of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's digital television coupon program, didn't express regrets about her tenure in spite of Congress' decision to delay the DTV transition. Keep Reading

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