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Geoff Daily of App-Rising Endorses Public Broadband Mapping

WASHINGTON, February 8, 2009 – Fellow journalist Geoff Daily has a wonderful little post over on App-Rising, in which he endorses the principle of public and transparent broadband mapping.

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WASHINGTON, February 8, 2009 – Fellow journalist Geoff Daily has a wonderful little post over on App-Rising.

He writes:

Last night I had an epiphany about broadband mapping.

The challenge has long been that broadband providers refuse to make the data in their service maps transparent to the public. Their stated reason for this refusal is that this data is competitive intelligence.

But wait a minute: isn’t the whole point of mapping broadband availability to spur deployment and competition?

Don’t get me wrong, if I was an incumbent provider, there’s no way I’d willingly give up my data. There’s little upside to doing so unless I’m ready to start going hard after my competitors and they’re forced to show their cards as well.

But from a policymaker’s point of view, how is it we’ve come to accept that private providers making this data public is a bad thing when doing so would almost certainly lead to more competition?

To which I reply, Amen, Geoff!

I wholeheartedly agree with your rhetorical suggestion that “how is it we’ve come to accept that private providers making this data public is a bad thing when doing so would almost certainly lead to more competition?”

In fact, the FCC (even under Kevin Martin) agreed with you, too — or at least your analysis that it would lead to more competition!

Reacting to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit (filed by the Center for Public Integrity, when I was working there), the agency’s legal briefings argued that releasing the data would lead to competition in communications – which was why it couldn’t release the data!

“Disclosure could allow competitors to free ride on the efforts of the first new entrant to identify areas where competition is more likely to be successful,” the agency told the federal district court in Washington.

It’s inexcusable that the biggest broadband carriers have been able to ride the “broadband mapping” wave — without once agreeing to provide public data about where they offer and don’t offer service.

Readers can help make a difference in transparent broadband mapping by Taking the Broadband Census today!

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney at The CommLaw Group. He has closely tracked the trends in and mechanics of digital infrastructure for 20 years, and has helped fiber-based and fixed wireless providers navigate coverage, identify markets, broker infrastructure, and operate in the public right of way. The articles and posts on Broadband Breakfast and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed, are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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Robert Kubik, John Godfrey and Derek Johnston: After a Decade of Progress, What’s Next for 5G?

A decade after the advent of LTE, the next-generation 5G will be, and already is, a critical resource for Americans.

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The authors of this Expert Opinion are Samsung Electronics America officials Robert Kubik, John Godfrey and Derek Johnston

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WASHINGTON, February 8, 2009 – Fellow journalist Geoff Daily has a wonderful little post over on App-Rising.

He writes:

Last night I had an epiphany about broadband mapping.

The challenge has long been that broadband providers refuse to make the data in their service maps transparent to the public. Their stated reason for this refusal is that this data is competitive intelligence.

But wait a minute: isn’t the whole point of mapping broadband availability to spur deployment and competition?

Don’t get me wrong, if I was an incumbent provider, there’s no way I’d willingly give up my data. There’s little upside to doing so unless I’m ready to start going hard after my competitors and they’re forced to show their cards as well.

But from a policymaker’s point of view, how is it we’ve come to accept that private providers making this data public is a bad thing when doing so would almost certainly lead to more competition?

To which I reply, Amen, Geoff!

I wholeheartedly agree with your rhetorical suggestion that “how is it we’ve come to accept that private providers making this data public is a bad thing when doing so would almost certainly lead to more competition?”

In fact, the FCC (even under Kevin Martin) agreed with you, too — or at least your analysis that it would lead to more competition!

Reacting to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit (filed by the Center for Public Integrity, when I was working there), the agency’s legal briefings argued that releasing the data would lead to competition in communications – which was why it couldn’t release the data!

“Disclosure could allow competitors to free ride on the efforts of the first new entrant to identify areas where competition is more likely to be successful,” the agency told the federal district court in Washington.

It’s inexcusable that the biggest broadband carriers have been able to ride the “broadband mapping” wave — without once agreeing to provide public data about where they offer and don’t offer service.

Readers can help make a difference in transparent broadband mapping by Taking the Broadband Census today!

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Craig Settles: Libraries and Telehealth on the Vanguard for Broadband

Libraries can do for telehealth what they did for broadband: Provide low-income folks with access to digital and healthcare literacy.

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The author of this Expert Opinion in Craig Settles, director of Communities United for Broadband

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WASHINGTON, February 8, 2009 – Fellow journalist Geoff Daily has a wonderful little post over on App-Rising.

He writes:

Last night I had an epiphany about broadband mapping.

The challenge has long been that broadband providers refuse to make the data in their service maps transparent to the public. Their stated reason for this refusal is that this data is competitive intelligence.

But wait a minute: isn’t the whole point of mapping broadband availability to spur deployment and competition?

Don’t get me wrong, if I was an incumbent provider, there’s no way I’d willingly give up my data. There’s little upside to doing so unless I’m ready to start going hard after my competitors and they’re forced to show their cards as well.

But from a policymaker’s point of view, how is it we’ve come to accept that private providers making this data public is a bad thing when doing so would almost certainly lead to more competition?

To which I reply, Amen, Geoff!

I wholeheartedly agree with your rhetorical suggestion that “how is it we’ve come to accept that private providers making this data public is a bad thing when doing so would almost certainly lead to more competition?”

In fact, the FCC (even under Kevin Martin) agreed with you, too — or at least your analysis that it would lead to more competition!

Reacting to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit (filed by the Center for Public Integrity, when I was working there), the agency’s legal briefings argued that releasing the data would lead to competition in communications – which was why it couldn’t release the data!

“Disclosure could allow competitors to free ride on the efforts of the first new entrant to identify areas where competition is more likely to be successful,” the agency told the federal district court in Washington.

It’s inexcusable that the biggest broadband carriers have been able to ride the “broadband mapping” wave — without once agreeing to provide public data about where they offer and don’t offer service.

Readers can help make a difference in transparent broadband mapping by Taking the Broadband Census today!

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Tarun George: Unleashing the True Power of LTE Networks for Machines

With the growing requirements of low-latency, high-speed networks, the transition to 5G has become paramount, particularly for internet of things.

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The author of this Expert Opinion is Tarun George, co-founder of Cavli Wireless.

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WASHINGTON, February 8, 2009 – Fellow journalist Geoff Daily has a wonderful little post over on App-Rising.

He writes:

Last night I had an epiphany about broadband mapping.

The challenge has long been that broadband providers refuse to make the data in their service maps transparent to the public. Their stated reason for this refusal is that this data is competitive intelligence.

But wait a minute: isn’t the whole point of mapping broadband availability to spur deployment and competition?

Don’t get me wrong, if I was an incumbent provider, there’s no way I’d willingly give up my data. There’s little upside to doing so unless I’m ready to start going hard after my competitors and they’re forced to show their cards as well.

But from a policymaker’s point of view, how is it we’ve come to accept that private providers making this data public is a bad thing when doing so would almost certainly lead to more competition?

To which I reply, Amen, Geoff!

I wholeheartedly agree with your rhetorical suggestion that “how is it we’ve come to accept that private providers making this data public is a bad thing when doing so would almost certainly lead to more competition?”

In fact, the FCC (even under Kevin Martin) agreed with you, too — or at least your analysis that it would lead to more competition!

Reacting to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit (filed by the Center for Public Integrity, when I was working there), the agency’s legal briefings argued that releasing the data would lead to competition in communications – which was why it couldn’t release the data!

“Disclosure could allow competitors to free ride on the efforts of the first new entrant to identify areas where competition is more likely to be successful,” the agency told the federal district court in Washington.

It’s inexcusable that the biggest broadband carriers have been able to ride the “broadband mapping” wave — without once agreeing to provide public data about where they offer and don’t offer service.

Readers can help make a difference in transparent broadband mapping by Taking the Broadband Census today!

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