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 […]
With Broadband as Driver for Today’s Consumer Electronics Technologies, Here’s the Top 10 Issues for 2013
Broadband and Democratization, Broadband's Impact, CES2013, Intellectual Property, International, The Innovation Economy, Wireless
January 13th, 2013
WASHINGTON, January 13, 2013 – Starting the New Year off by attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas provides a wonderful lens with which to focus on the year ahead in technology. Today, broadband is the driver for almost all of today’s digital technologies. Of the hundreds of examples of digital technologies that I […]
The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas 2013: Better Electronics, Richer Content, Higher-Speed Broadband
Broadband Updates, CES2013, The Innovation Economy
January 7th, 2013
LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2013 – Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show here is a veritable extravaganza of technology, high-value content, and broadband connections. Countless product announcements for this dynamic industry area are made here every year. It’s also the place where digital business models and public policy questions intersect. Given the interest that our broadband […]
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.
Economic Policy Institute Debates AT&T T-Mobile Merger
Broadband's Impact, Media ownership
June 29th, 2011
WASHINGTON June 29, 2011-The Economic Policy Institute gathered leading industry experts for a panel on Tuesday to debate the impending merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.
At the end of March, AT&T announced plans to purchase T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. The merger has garnered a great deal of controversy because it would create the nation’s largest mobile provider.
Eshoo Introduces 4G Carrier Transparency Bill
Congress, FCC, House of Representatives, Wireless
June 24th, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2011 – Wednesday Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced legislation that would require wireless 4G carriers to provide consumers with complete and accurate information about their 4G services.
“Consumers deserve to know exactly what they’re getting for their money when they sign-up for a 4G data plan,” said Rep. Eshoo in a statement released on Wednesday.
Pricing Info for Tiered Verizon Data Plans Leaked
Mobile Broadband, Wireless
June 23rd, 2011
WASHINGTON June 23, 2011- The Android Central blog leaked Wednesday what it claims are internal Verizon Wireless documents that show details of tiered data pricing for wireless plans to be released in July.
Verizon Wireless stated last year that it would have to eventually transition away from unlimited data to a tiered system.
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)
Expert Opinion: A Stand-Alone T-Mobile Isn’t an Option for the Future. So What’s Best for Consumers and Workers?
Expert Opinion, Media ownership
May 26th, 2011
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2011 – Let’s start with the facts. A stand-alone T-Mobile is not an option for the future. German parent company Deutsche Telekom had announced that it was seeking a deal and had considered a speculative offer, Sprint and AT&T for the sale. T-Mobile did not have the cash or spectrum to invest in a next-generation, 4G LTE wireless network. And without a 4G network, there could be no future for T-Mobile, its customers and employees.
AT&T and T-Mobile use the same technology. Combining T-Mobile and AT&T spectrum turns two two-lane roads into a four lane superhighway. AT&T is willing to put up $8 billion in extra investment. And AT&T, a financially healthy company, will pay for the transaction in equity and internal cash flows.
AT&T Announces LTE Launch
Mobile Broadband, Public Safety, Spectrum, Wireless
May 25th, 2011
WASHINGTON May 25, 2011 – AT&T announced Wednesday that it will upgrade its HPSA+ network to Long Term Evolution (LTE) in five major markets starting this summer, representing the company’s first steps into adopting the standard on its nationwide network.
LTE networks represent upgraded technology from HSPA+ networks, allowing increases in speed capabilities.