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Channel Sharing Pilot Holds Promise

January 29, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Two Los Angeles television stations have volunteered for an experimental pilot to share infrastructure and spectrum for their broadcasts. Such channel sharing is potentially a valuable tool to ensure a successful incentive auction, helping transition to more valuable uses of spectrum. 

ITIF Files Amicus Brief in Google Street View Case

Post-Sandy Telecom Melodrama

July 8, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

An AP story is making the rounds about an 85 year old heart patient who can no longer connect his pacemaker to his doctor from his home in Mantoloking, N. J. because Verizon has replaced his wired telephone service with a wireless equivalent. The kernel of truth in the story is that Verizon is not going to replace the copper telephone wires. Copper telephone wire is an obsolete technology that costs an awful lot to replace. 

The volume of mobile data traffic doubled from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2012, and grew 28% between the third and fourth quarter of 2012.

Akamai found that in the fourth quarter of 2012, average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network providers ranged from a high of 8 mbps down to 345 kbps. average peak connection speeds for the quarter ranged from 44 mbps down to 2.7 mbps. based on data collected by Ericsson, the volume of mobile data traffic grew 28% between the third and fourth quarter of 2012, and doubled from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2012.

What's on the Agenda for the New FCC?

April 25, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A
Washington
DC
20005

With the departure of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell, the agency will be resetting its goals for this year and the next, settling open issues, and possibly opening new inquiries. Read more »

What's on the Agenda for the New FCC?

April 25, 2013
A panel of experts and stakeholders examine the issues and offer their recommendations for the next Chairman's agenda.

With the departure of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell, the agency will be resetting its goals for this year and the next, settling open issues, and possibly opening new inquiries. Key issues that remain unresolved include the phase-out of the public switched telephone network and the transition to all-IP broadband networks, spectrum reassignment and interference, high speed broadband deployment and adoption, universal service for both wired and mobile broadband, content retransmission rules, and net neutrality.  Read more »

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The Search for More Spectrum

Federal Computer Week
To address spectrum allocation issues Rob Atkinson suggested creating an independent commission similar to the base closure panel set up in the 90’s to address military contraction.

ITIF Event: What's on the Agenda for the New FCC?

WASHINGTON (April 18, 2013) - With the departure of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell, the agency will be resetting its goals for this year and the next, settling open issues, and possibly opening new inquiries. The new Chairperson will be tasked with shaping this agenda, while also dealing with the continued impact of mobile communication, new media and the Internet on traditional communications law and rulemaking.
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Book Presentation: The Need for Speed

April 11, 2013
ITIF host "The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century" book launch.

The twenty-first-century telecommunications landscape is radically different from the one that prevailed as recently as the last decade of the twentieth century.  In their new eBook, The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century, Robert Litan and Hal Singer argue that the Federal Communications Commission’s outdated policies and rules are inhi Read more »

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Obamaphone in the Crosshairs

April 10, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

The growth of the “Obamaphone” fund is one example of of this transition. Let’s not confuse poor people who use use basic 21st century communications services with welfare abuse. There is not shortage of genuinely poor and needy people in America who need a little help from the rest of us, and we have an obligation to help. So by all means, attack the fraud but don’t turn America into a nation of insiders and outsiders in which the well-off spend their time abusing the needy.

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