Taking Wi-Fi to the Next Level

Once again, the Consumer Electronics Show highlighted augmented reality and Internet of Things devices and applications. Amazon Echo support was a common theme in IoT devices, and the headsets and…

January 12, 2017 0

DirecTV Now Too Good to be Legal

AT&T’s Monday announcement of the DirecTV Now streaming service drew nearly unanimous applause from tech pundits. This is a new business model for cable TV that harnesses some of the power of the broadband networks to provide personalized sports, entertainment, and news packages to TV viewers. But some are critical, albeit for strange reasons.

December 1, 2016 0

Happy Birthday, Internet: Richard Bennett talks with Don Nielson

The Internet was born 40 years ago in a demonstration connecting a wireless node in California with all the computers on ARPANET. Listen to the godfather.

August 26, 2016 0

Srinivasan’s Curious Question

One the more puzzling parts of the oral arguments in the challenge to the FCC’s most recent Internet Service Provider regulations was Judge Srinivasan’s iPad question. It was a singular…

December 10, 2015 0

FCC Clarifies the Ask for Wi-Fi Routers

As we explained recently, the FCC is asking for input on regulations for home routers with built-in Wi-Fi. Chief Engineer Julie Knapp has written a blog post clarifying his concerns…

November 13, 2015 5

A Snake in the Briar Patch: Radio Interference

One of the ongoing issues in spectrum policy is the question of “causing interference to others”. It was at the heart of the LightSquared controversy; it’s central to the spectrum…

October 22, 2015 0

Why Spectrum Swaps Serve the Public Interest

A reporter asked me to explain what’s up with the spectrum swap that AT&T and T-Mobile have asked the FCC to let them do. The benefits are pretty simple and…

October 15, 2015 0

Tragedies of the Spectrum Commons

The Wi-Fi vs. LTE-U disagreement continues to rage, despite efforts by both sides to reach a détente. The Wi-Fi Alliance and the LTE-U Forum held an event last Friday on…

October 1, 2015 0

Senate Commerce Committee Spectrum Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee’s Wednesday hearing on spectrum policy highlighted key issues and brought out some workable solutions to the spectrum crunch. In order to advance from 4G to 5G…

July 30, 2015 0