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Time for U.S. to Boldly Lead Into Spectrum Frontiers

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 07.20.2016 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a bold plan to help advance U.S. competitiveness in next-generation wireless. With a...

The Salad Days Are Over: Google's Transformation from Purveyor of Good to Bottom-Line Brute

Jeremy White | Posted 12.28.2016 | Technology
Jeremy White

Economics is economics, and no matter how well-intentioned, Larry Page and Sergey Brin's brainchild has not only succumbed to the realities of a dog-eat-dog world, in many ways it's become the alpha male.

Celebrate the Mobile Moment

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 12.11.2015 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

The holidays are a time of reflection and a chance to look back and give thanks for blessings--large and small--that keep us connected to loved ones a...

A Spectrum Needle in the Budget Haystack

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 11.09.2016 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

Keeping our nation's spectrum capacity above this fast-rising tide is a daunting challenge. We have zero shot without the ability to tap into a far greater number of the estimated 240,000 frequency assignments controlled by federal agencies.

America Needs More Commercial Wireless Spectrum Yesterday...And That's Not Soon Enough

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 10.30.2016 | Technology
Senator Catherine Pugh

What is the best hope for equality in America? If there's a North Star, it is technology and especially wireless - the first of any kind of technology in which African Americans and Latinos are the leaders in adoption and informed use.

Did AT&T, Verizon, Et al., Garner Over $17 Billion in 'Very Small Business' Spectrum Licenses?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.10.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

How did the largest phone companies end up saving billions from discounts on wireless spectrum licenses that were supposed to be reserved for 'very small companies'?

Google's Little-Noticed Strategy To Get You Better Wi-Fi, Explained

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 05.17.2014 | Technology

Amidst all the recent net neutrality brouhaha, Silicon Valley pulled out a little-noticed victory at Thursday's FCC hearings that could lead to better...

What the FCC Can Learn from UConn on Spectrum

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 06.10.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

It doesn't take a face-painting UConn fan to know that NCAA championships are won by a deep bench and strong team. You need a full complement of skill...

What The Consumer Electronics Show Taught About Wireless Spectrum

Mike Montgomery | Posted 03.17.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Growing wireless dependence has also focused attention on a looming threat to our wireless future -- lack of available spectrum to handle all the mobile data.

The 'Traffic Jam' You Can't See

Charles Townsend | Posted 02.05.2014 | Technology
Charles Townsend

A recent New York Times headline cautioned, "Wireless carriers warn of crisis in mobile spectrum." Is spectrum -- the essential building block of cell phone service -- really in short supply?

Wheeler's FCC: The Next Move on Spectrum

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While major carriers have made their arguments and everyone from economists to industry analysts have weighed in on how the auctions should be conducted and who should be able to participate, the next move on spectrum lies with Wheeler's FCC.

A Communications Network Worthy of Our First Responders

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

FirstNet is going to make sure we minimize any chance for communications failures during emergencies. Sadly, though, we have seen what happens when our first responders can't communicate, most notably on September 11, 2001.

Money, Brains and Broadband: Tools to Thrive in a 21st Century Economy

Diane Smith | Posted 09.17.2013 | Technology
Diane Smith

Across America, small business innovators are harnessing the tools of 21st Century economic growth: money, brains, and broadband. From the Silicon Pra...

Spectrum for Brighter Mobile Future

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 08.26.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

With a Japanese investment group poised to buy one of America's leading wireless companies, tablet sales expected to grow nearly 70 percent this year,...

Obama Demands Expanded Airwaves

Mike Montgomery | Posted 08.18.2013 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

While you could easily take the cynical view and declare allocating more spectrum for wireless is long overdue, it's worth remembering that mobile broadband -- and the mobile app industry it has sparked -- is still in its infancy.

Technology Is Not a Bridge to Nowhere

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business
Eva M. Clayton

One thing is clear, freeing up more spectrum for commercial wireless use will foster innovation -- leading to new or improved apps and services that have and will continue to empower minority and rural communities.

For New FCC Chair, Getting Spectrum Auction Rules Right Is Critical Early Test

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 07.30.2013 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

Putting spectrum to its most productive use is the best way to serve consumers, especially Hispanics and others for whom wireless is a critical gateway to jobs, education, and other life-enriching experiences.

Upcoming Auctions Key to Wireless Internet Future

Edward J. Black | Posted 07.22.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Government will make decisions which could positively impact how we use our smartphones to communicate, conduct business, get directions, ect. These key decisions could determine what kind of choices we'll have for mobile connections -- and what they will cost.

Consumers Are Talking; Policymakers Need to Listen

Steve Pociask | Posted 07.07.2013 | Technology
Steve Pociask

The high importance of wireless service among consumers raises questions on why regulators are so rushed to impose new taxes, fees and regulations on consumer cell phone bills.

Consumers to Lose From Rigged Wireless Auctions

Steve Pociask | Posted 07.04.2013 | Technology
Steve Pociask

Picking winners and losers is bad policy. Instead, policies should empower consumers to freely choose the services and service providers they want. Competition is not improved by rules that limit auction participation, restrict spectrum and create shortages that will raise consumer prices.

FCC Needs to Step on the Gas and Move Fast on the Incentive Auctions

Chris Castle | Posted 05.01.2013 | Technology
Chris Castle

The real threat to demand from the mobile economy is the entirely predictable and avoidable bottleneck in supply created by the Federal Communications Commission's agonizingly slow process of making more wireless spectrum available to satisfy demand from mobile users.

There's Something Crazy in the Air

Mike Montgomery | Posted 04.25.2013 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Bananas. That's the best way to describe the current state of the wireless industry. Absolutely bananas.

FCC Spectrum Auctions Take Aim at 'Airwave Overload'

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

Just like the networks they support, there is a 'need for speed' in Washington. Timely action. Transparent work. And, straightforward, market-driven rules that ensure spectrum follows consumers, not regulators, will help unleash the next wave of U.S. innovation.

California Law Helps Pave the Way to a Bright Mobile Future

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 11.30.2012 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

As consumers increasingly show a preference for mobile voice and broadband services, American innovators -- many based in California -- are bringing an astounding array of new products and services to market that both anticipate and respond to evolving consumer demand.

Gerry Smith

'Digital Divide' Overlooked As Party Conventions Embrace The Web | Gerry Smith | Posted 08.29.2012 | Technology

With a steady stream of blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos, the presidential campaigns have increasingly embraced the web as a way ...