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:
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.)
XO Communications Inc. is expanding into another 24 markets in the U.S.
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