Category Archives: FCC

AT&T’s Dubious Behavior

You may not have noticed in the crush of events, but AT&T announced a new broadband service option last week, up to 18 Mb/s DSL: AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced it will launch AT&T U-verseSM High Speed Internet Max 18 … Continue reading

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No deal

Google has announced an end to its monopolistic advertising agreement with Yahoo!: However, after four months of review, including discussions of various possible changes to the agreement, it’s clear that government regulators and some advertisers continue to have concerns about … Continue reading

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The Trouble with White Spaces

Like several other engineers, I’m disturbed by the white spaces debate. The White Space Coalition, and its para-technical boosters, argue something like this: “The NAB is a tiger, therefore the White Spaces must be unlicensed.” And they go on to … Continue reading

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FCC fills empty job

Kevin Martin’s FCC has hired a new chief technologist, Jon Peha: Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin named John Peha chief technologist, the senior adviser post at the commission on technology issues, based out of the Office of Strategic Planning … Continue reading

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Secret laws are not law

While looking for the essence of Lessig’s “code is law” formulation, I happened on this little gem: If there is one thing clear about the value we demand of East Coast Code, it is transparency. Secret laws are not law. … Continue reading

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Comcast files their compliance plan

Today was the deadline for Comcast to tell the FCC how its existing congestion management system works, as well as how its “protocol agnostic” replacement is going to work. To the dismay of some critics, they’ve done just that in … Continue reading

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Ars Technica botches another story

Why is it so hard for the tech press report on the broadband business with some semblance of accuracy? I know some of this stuff is complicated, but if it’s your business to explain technology and business developments to the … Continue reading

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Kevin Martin threatens Comcast

Kevin Martin is upset that Comcast has challenged his authority by filing a lawsuit against the FCC for making up law out of thin air. The Chairman of the FCC expressed his scorn by releasing a statement that makes him … Continue reading

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Comcast Appeals

Comcast has appealed the FCC’s crazy order in the DC Circuit today. Here’s the statement: Although we are seeking review and reversal of the Commission’s network management order in federal court, we intend to comply fully with the requirements established … Continue reading

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Your broadband service is going to get more expensive

See my article in The Register to understand why your broadband bill is going to rise: Peer-to-peer file sharing just got a lot more expensive in the US. The FCC has ordered Comcast to refrain from capping P2P traffic, endorsing … Continue reading

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