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.
An Inconsistent Mandate
Lawmakers should ignore the “single technology mandate” for some cell networks but not for others before this ill-considered notion becomes a precedent that sets the U.S. on the road to a European-style, innovation-killing mobile regulation regime.
Sparks Will Fly at Spectrum Incentive Auctions Hearing
On December 12, 2012, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing with all five FCC commissioners to examine the upcoming spectrum incentive auction. Sparks will fly over the licensed vs. unlicensed apportionment and over bidder eligibility, but these issues would not be nearly so contentious if civilians had access to some of the spectrum currently held by the military.