Washington Post Story Demonstrates the Perils of Understanding Wi-Fi Developments Through Mainstream Newspapers
Broadband's Impact, Congress, Expert Opinion, FCC, Wireless
February 5th, 2013
February 5, 2013 – Now that I’ve had a chance to read the front-page Washington Post story on so-called “Super Wi-Fi,” I have to confess to being extremely disappointed in the Post. Like many others, I was taken in on an allegedly new development repackaged in an exaggerated fashion. It is another re-affirmation for me […]
A Live Test of Wireless Download and Upload Speeds, and Latency, During Barack Obama’s Inauguration Ceremony
Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, Congress, FCC, Wireless
January 24th, 2013
WASHINGTON, January 24, 2013 – Whenever a large gathering commences, chances are that, in addition to cramped quarters and long lines, the influx will also mean a major increase in the number of cell phones, laptops and other Wi-Fi dependent devices. As when on January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama was sworn in for his […]
Analysis: Consumers Still Confused About New 4G LTE Systems
Broadband Data, Media ownership, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless
July 20th, 2011
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011- Both AT&T and Verizon taken steps to to deploy their 4G LTE networks in recent months, with Sprint and T-Mobile heavily advertising their existing 4G technologies. With rampant speculation regarding the iPhone 5 industry watchers have predicted that consumers would be clamoring for the faster speeds promised by LTE.
“Not so,” says consumer research firm Retrevo.
Syria Utilizes “Kill Switch” as Internet Freedom Debate Heats Up
Africa, Asia, Broadband's Impact, International, Wireless
June 17th, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2011 – In the past year, there has been an extensive push for universal access to Internet, seen as the ultimate democratizing tool enabling two-way communication between governors and the governed. But the reality of a ‘digital divide’ leaves the majority of the world’s population without access to the technological infrastructure to support its use. And those who do have access are sometimes more vulnerable to restriction on political basis, as seen in the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.
Expert Opinion: Why the FCC should deny the AT&T / T-Mobile Merger
Expert Opinion, Media ownership, Mobile Broadband, Wireless
June 9th, 2011
In order for the Federal Communications Commission to approve the mega-merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, AT&T has to make a showing that the merger is in the public interest. Despite AT&T’s declaration that this merger is the most pro-consumer, pro-innovation and pro-investment solution to America’s wireless problems, a mega-merger like this can only hurt the broadband market, both for innovators and consumers alike.
Congress Seeks Winning Design for Proposed Spectrum Auctions
FCC, Mobile Broadband, National Broadband Plan, Wireless
June 2nd, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2011 – The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology explored legislation Wednesday that would encourage the voluntary participation of broadcast companies and wireless providers in spectrum auctions.
“There is a looming spectrum crisis, and we must get additional spectrum into the marketplace,” said Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
FCC Addresses Wireless Buildout Issues At Monthly Meeting
FCC, Mobile Broadband, Wireless
April 8th, 2011
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2011 – The Federal Communications Commission passed a series of measures aimed at expanding mobile broadband access at its April open meeting on Thursday.
Analysis: For AT&T, It’s All About The Spectrum
FCC, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless
March 29th, 2011
WASHINGTON March 29, 2011 – With the acquisition of T-Mobile, AT&T may be not only solving a long standing question about where it would find the spectrum to deploy its planned 4G network, but also make a leap in its public image.
Currently, AT&T uses a band of spectrum not supported by any other carrier in the world, meaning handsets must be specially made for the carrier. Both T-Mobile and AT&T use the same base technology, but the two carriers run their 3G networks on different bands of spectrum. The acquisition of T-Mobile would greatly increase the amount of spectrum and infrastructure that AT&T would possess, bringing service to a greater number of Americans.
Georgetown, Columbia Programs Gather Experts To Discuss National Broadband Plan
Broadband Mapping, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Mobile Broadband, National Broadband Plan, NTIA
March 21st, 2011
WASHINGTON March 21, 2011 – The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information and Georgetown University’s Communication Culture and Technology Program gathered government officials and industry experts Friday to debate the federal government’s implementation of the National Broadband Plan.
Analysis: Apple Widens Tablet Market Gap With iPad 2, But Will Wireless Benefit?
Broadband Data, Mobile Broadband, Wireless
March 17th, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2011 – Apple’s initial iPad 2 sales and projections for 2011 say while that Apple probably will not face much competition in tablet sales, the competition for wireless data plans for the device are heating up.
Apple sold over 15 million of the original iPad, and brisk resales of used iPads on eBay, Gazelle, and other resale sites indicate that the original model is still quite popular. Analyst Mike Abramsky of RBC Capital Markets sees upgrades from the original iPad comprising only a fifth of iPad 2 over the next 12 months. That means that the remaining 80 percent of iPad 2 purchasers will likely be new to the tablet platform. Abramsky projects Jobs and Company will sell 28 million of its new model touchscreen tablet by the end of the calendar year.