700 MHz: The Fix Is In

3:00 PM -- Hi There, Broadbanders!

So the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finally set out the rules for the coming 700MHz auction, and we have to wonder what all the industry fuss was about in the first place. Seems like everyone from CTIA to Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) found something to love in the ruling. (See FCC Straddles Open Access Issue.)

The auction rules should help to increase the choice of devices and applications that consumers can use over their broadband connections. In fact, arguably, services using "open access" spectrum, which doesn't cover the whole of the 700MHz band being sold off, could offer the best of the U.S. (no wacky roaming charges) while delivering a flavor of the Euro mobile experience (easy to pick and choose amongst the latest and greatest devices).

We'll have to see if the new rules have any kind of trickle-down effect on existing cellular networks in the United States.

Anyhoo... Here's the rest of the week's news blips.

The struggle to get meshed
More on municipal WiFi growing pains -- or should that be death throes?

Tried to get WiMax gear for a U.S. deployment lately? This blog suggests it may be harder than you think.

At last, there are hotspots above America.


— The Staff, Unstrung

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