Broadband Freedom?

5:15 PM -- Hi there Broadband Comrades!

Proposals by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to institute an open broadband policy on part of the 700MHz spectrum going up for auction soon could be very interesting for the whole industry.

Not least in that the policy could help to change how broadband devices and service plans are sold. Gadget vendors would no longer be beholden to a few carriers to sell their devices, while carriers would have to come up with new ways to monitor and charge for third-party devices that roam onto their network.

Naturally you have to wonder how many carriers will try and exploit the FCC's get-out clause saying that other devices cause interference on their network. Still, interesting times... (See FCC Wants Open Broadband.)

Here's the best of the rest:

Gateway drug
Could you give a tiny base station a home? (See Femto Players Gun for Gateways.)

Big operators mean better mesh?
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) lives in a wireless LAN down by the Riverside. (See Bundling Mesh.)

Broadband footprints
XO Communications Inc. is expanding into another 24 markets in the U.S.

Muni money
There are now apparently 320 U.S. municipalities installing or plotting WiFi mesh networks.

Wireless, with a nice Chianti
The Italian plans to start its WiMax spectrum licensing procedures by September.


— The Staff, Unstrung

lrmobile_rusty 12/5/2012 | 3:05:26 PM
re: Broadband Freedom? Interesting that the people who endorse putting restrictions on 700 MHz call themselves proponents of wireless broadband "freedom".

Why not open up the auction and let the market decide what the spectrum is used for? I don't see how requiring an auction winner to provide certain types of services promotes "freedom". Plus, it will probably reduce the auction price by billions of dollars if these restrictions are put in place for the auction.
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