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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Verizon-Cable Pact

Joel Kelsey | Posted 10.27.2012 | Technology
Joel Kelsey

Congress and the FCC need to confront the looming monopoly environment most consumers now face for broadband service. If they don't reverse course and start dealing with the reality they've created, even the best conditions will be meaningless.

DOJ, New York AG and Verizon to the Majority of Verizon Customers: Drop Dead

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.21.2012 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The Department of Justice and the NY Attorney General's office have decided that more than 50 percent of Verizon's territories will never get cable, broadband or Internet competition. Why aren't either the DOJ or the New York AG asking fundamental questions?

More Than an Appliance: Verizon, the FCC and our Digital Future

Susan Crawford | Posted 10.21.2012 | Technology
Susan Crawford

For the connection speeds Americans will need to work, study, build the next great company or just watch the next great movie online, more than 75 percent of us will have just one choice: the local cable monopolist.

Dear DOJ & FCC: 66 Unanswered Questions and Issues of Wireline-Wireless-Cable Connections and Collusion, Part 2

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.14.2012 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

If Verizon is allowed to close down the Public Switched Telephone Networks, stop building FiOS and takes over the wireless spectrum from the cable companies -- not to mention owning the 'gas -- the harms we have laid out will be the reality.

Dear DOJ & FCC: 66 Unanswered Questions and Issues of Wireline-Wireless-Cable Connections and Collusion, Part 1

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.13.2012 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

If you use a cell phone, a wired connection or cable service including broadband, or internet, this impacts you -- from the price of services you pay for, or the choices you have, to even the speed and controls over these services from your providers.

AT&T's Shopping Spree Might Means Better Coverage For You

AP | Posted 10.02.2012 | Technology

NEW YORK — AT&T Inc. has gone on a shopping spree for wireless spectrum, striking three separate deals that should let it increase its capacity ...