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Wireless First: A Winning Strategy for Rural Broadband

The nice thing about focusing on wireless for the final leg of the extended broadband system is that it doesn’t duplicate effort or waste money. Despite the glory of fiber optic networks, people want mobility. So wireless is going to be part of the solution regardless. Why don’t we just accept that and concentrate on building the best wireless networks first and fill in with fiber only when and where it’s truly needed?

April 11, 2017 0

Telecommunications Issues, 1979

Check this discussion of the need for a new communications act promoting competition, deregulation, and consumer choice. It features Tom Wheeler and Barry Goldwater and it took place in 1979….

December 13, 2016 0

Landing Team Invades the Echo Chamber

Technology regulation is a gatekeeper with an enormous role in determining the kind of future we will enjoy. Engineers can create awesome new systems, but if we can’t get buy-in…

November 24, 2016 0

Internet Architecture vs. Section 222

If you follow debates about Internet policy in detail, you will often find advocates arguing opposite sides of particular questions in different contexts. Responsible advocates avoid this practice because, obviously,…

June 10, 2016 0

Fact-Checking Commissioner Statements on Privacy NPRM

In the process of writing comments for the FCC’s privacy NPRM (Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services, WC Docket No. 16-106) I made the mistake…

May 24, 2016 0

IP Investment, Economic Growth and the FCC

Alton Drew has an interesting post today at his Law and Politics of Broadband blog – his takeaways from a panel discussion he attended at Georgetown University on regulation and…

January 31, 2013 1

Steve Largent on Spectrum

Steve Largent authored a piece in Politico a couple of days ago that is worth reading, if you’ve not had a chance (and I’m not just saying that because he…

May 23, 2012 8

Low Versus High Radio Spectrum

Lower frequencies do offer advantages, but my view is that these advantages are often overstated. Most usage of mobile broadband networks will occur within higher population densities in which networks will have to be designed for capacity rather than coverage. In these scenarios, low and high frequencies offer almost equivalent performance.

March 5, 2012 10

“Unlimited” Now Equals 300 Megabytes

A small wireless company called Republic Wireless has started a new “unlimited” wireless voice/text/data service for $19 per month.  It was bad enough when companies were calling 5 gigabytes unlimited, but…

November 9, 2011 8