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[ | 18 Mar 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Data roaming mischief . . . Another pebble in the digital river?

The FCC has never regulated mobile phone rates, let alone data rates, let alone data roaming rates. And of course mobile voice and data rates have been dropping like rocks. A few rural providers are asking the FCC to step in where it hasn’t before. They are asking the FCC to impose old-time common carrier regulation in a modern competitive market.

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[ | 16 Mar 2011 | 13 Comments | ]
How to recover 254 MHz of radio spectrum

Broadcast TV occupies 294 MHz of spectrum and much of that is wasted on inefficient radio architectures and video compression technologies. If we are serious about a national broadband plan, we should squeeze broadcast television down to 40 MHz and save 254 MHz of spectrum but still be able to broadcast 32 HD and 60 standard channels.

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Internet »

[ | 16 Mar 2011 | 13 Comments | ]
Fat Pipe Dreams

Richard Bennett recently posted a blog on a recent skirmish occurring over a North Carolina bill, H129, on municipal broadband projects. The growing outcry has been that the bill is attempting to disallow municipal broadband and that the trend could continue into other states…

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CurrentHeader, Intellectual Property »

[ | 16 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
And the Truth Will Make You Free

Perhaps even free of your employment. When Hulu CEO Jason Kilar blogged his “thoughts about the future of TV” on the Hulu website, the reaction was strong:  “Is Jason Kilar Trying to Get Fired?” headlined a piece the next day on the WSJ’s All Things Digital site, noting that “some . . . believe Kilar [...]

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Privacy & Security »

[ | 15 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Twitter adds HTTPS mode, but no HTTPS sign-in

Twitter is responding to mounting pressure after some high profile account compromises by allowing customers to opt-in to always-on secure HTTPS SSL mode.  Unfortunately, I doubt most people will go to the trouble of opting in by going to the security settings.  Since HTTPS is virtually cost-free to operate continuously for websites that already support HTTPS, Twitter [...]

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Wireless »

[ | 15 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
A New National Broadband Plan

James Goodmon, President & CEO of Capital Broadcasting Co. has introduced a new proposal for the National Broadband Plan to Chairman Julius Genachowski and the Federal Communications Commission.

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CurrentHeader, Internet »

[ | 14 Mar 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
The insignificance of a 250 GB usage cap

Now that AT&T is following the footsteps of Comcast by instituting a 250 GB per month usage cap on their broadband service (150 GB for slower DSL customers), much of the outcry from the blogosphere aren’t justified by the facts.  These caps are large enough that they are irrelevant to 98% of the subscribers, and [...]

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Internet »

[ | 11 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Drilling into the FCC Open Internet Order

An old adage of marketing is that people do not buy drills – they buy holes. Cliché it may be, but the statement embodies real wisdom, in that businesses that focus on value as the customer sees it are more likely to prosper than those that do not. The cliché leads to other thoughts, such [...]

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Wireless »

[ | 11 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
A clear example of why broadband transparency is crucial

Clearwire Internet thought they could exaggerate their performance claims for their WiMAX wireless Internet services. The result is obvious customer anger and now a lawsuit.

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Internet »

[ | 10 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
Top 10 + 1 Reasons To Say No To Government Takeover of the Internet

During yesterdays House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing on H.J. Resolution 37, Disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices, Mr. Thomas DeReggi, owner of a small wireless ISP in Maryland, DC, and Virginia gave testimony providing 11 convincing reasons why the government should not be pursuing overreaching regulation for the Internet.

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