Panel Agrees on Spectrum Issue
The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction showed its first glimmer of bipartisanship last week when four members -- two from each party -- wrote President Obama to ask that he expand his proposal for reallocating electromagnetic spectrum licenses from government agencies to wireless high-speed Internet providers.
A Full Spectrum of Revenue Wishes
Congress designed its new deficit reduction committee to overcome legislative stalemates to reduce the deficit, and no target may be more tempting than the billions of dollars that could flow into the Treasury from auctioning licenses for portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Broadband Providers, TV Broadcasters Decry Proposed Fees on Spectrum Usage
An odd-bedfellows alliance of broadband providers and television broadcasters is lobbying the deficit reduction committee against the imposition of new fees on spectrum usage.
Wireless Company Works on Reducing GPS Risks
A new wholesale wireless provider, under fire from critics worried about potential interference with Global Positioning System transmission, plans to unveil prototype equipment next week aimed at reducing the threat.
Panel Leaders Ask FCC to Make Disaster Communications a Priority
Top lawmakers on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee are renewing their push for legislation to bolster a national, interoperable public safety communications network.
Lightsquared Gives FCC Chance to Increase Wireless Capacity, Competition
Americans are adopting broadband wireless devices faster than any other technology in history. The speed of this trend is transforming the American economy and way of life. It also poses a challenge to federal and state policymakers: How can we ensure that every American has access to the benefits of broadband wireless without breaking the bank or disrupting older technologies?
How to include rural Americans in the broadband revolution, By Byron Dorgan, George Nethercutt and Charlie Stenholm, 11/11/11
The electrical divide of the early 20th century is matched in the 21st century by a digital divide. Of the 28 million Americans who have no access to broadband, the great majority live in rural areas. Broadband is essential to America's ability to compete in the global economy and rural Americans deserve the opportunity to participate fully in the resources of the Internet. The fact that it is easier to make a wireless broadband call in rural Tanzania than in rural Texas is unacceptable.
Settlement of GPS issue would help bring broadband to unserved areas, by RALPH COLDIRON, Sep 26, 2011
On TV and in the movies, police, fire and rescue officers often use space-age high-tech equipment to save lives and catch the bad guys. These fictional depictions have made supercomputers and sleek helicopters part of the popular culture. But in the real world, the difference between success and failure for public safety often comes down to a more mundane technology: communications.
LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja on The Communicators, 9/30/2011
On a special hour-long The Communicators, Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of LightSquared, discusses the company's effort to build a $14 billion high-speed wireless network and concerns that its network might interfere with GPS global positioning equipment, including some used by the military. Sanjiv Ahuja wrote a full-page letter
Spectrum Policy for Innovation - attached report
In this report, ITIF explains that spectrum policy needs to keep up with rapidly evolving technological capabilities and demands. The reports explains practical and technical aspects of the spectrum and presents policy recommendations for a sensible update of spectrum allocation policy to ensure that mobile broadband innovation can thrive.
ITIF Comments on LightSquared/GPS Testing
In this filing before the FCC, ITIF argues that a number of spectrum swap and reassignment measures have been proposed, each of which also needs to be explored. It appears that many, but not all, of the problems with existing GPS devices are the result of poor engineering practice and failure to abide by DoD directives on noise immunity. Additional testing can determine the extent to which this is the case. ITIF argues that it is important to resolve this matter in such a way as to facilitate future reallocation of spectrum currently assigned to satellite services to terrestrial ones, even if a portion of the legacy installed base of low-cost GPS devices is impacted.
The Growing Demand for Spectrum - blogpost
Improvements in spectrum efficiency do not take place at a fast-enough rate to eliminate the need for the reallocation of spectrum from legacy uses to general-purpose use by mobile broadband networks. Auctions in particular and a broad liberalization of spectrum use in general are essential to meeting consumer needs for mobile broadband services.
Spectum Policy for Innovation - panel dicussion
Leading policy experts debated ways to make more spectrum available to innovative uses: acceleration of the re-assignment of spectrum from legacy single-purpose networks such as over-the-air TV to high-demand, multi-purpose networks such as mobile broadband; incentive auctions; a second DTV transition; clear spectrum rights; and reassignment of government spectrum to public use.