What’s Hot 01/29/2014

Why commercial auctions matter to public safety, government and enterprises (IWCE’s Urgent Matters Blog, 1/27/14) We’ve recently been including articles about FCC auctions of radio spectrum to commercial wireless carriers as part of Newscan. A reasonable question to this inclusion is, “Why?” Sure, our target readers—public-safety, government and enterprise personnel—are wireless-carrier customers. However, based on the outcome of past FCC spectrum auctions, the fact is that bidding on this spectrum may not be a practical option for these groups. Commercial spectrum is licensed to the highest bidder, and, not surprisingly, the highest bidder in most cases has been a wireless carrier. But spectrum auctions are crucial to our readership for another reason, thanks to the 2012 legislation that reallocated the 700 MHz D Block to public safety. The legislation established FirstNet as the entity tasked with building and maintaining a nationwide broadband network for public safety. That law also earmarked $7 billion in federal funding to FirstNet—a $2 billion loan to get started, and another $5 billion scheduled to be available later.

@dnvolz FCC’s O’Rielly warns against "undue" airwave auction restrictions in first policy speech as a commissionerhttp://www.nationaljournal.com/technology/fcc-s-o-rielly-warns-against-airwave-auction-restrictions-20140127 …

FCC’s O’Rielly: Net neutrality ruling won’t change marketplace (Hillicon Valley, 1/27/14)

The recent federal court ruling overturning the Obama administration’s “net neutrality” rules will not radically change the market for Internet access, Republican Federal Communications Commission Michael O’Rielly said Monday. Earlier this month, a federal court ruled that the FCC’s net neutrality rules — which prevented Internet providers like Verizon and Comcast from blocking or slowing down access to certain sites — overstepped the agency’s Congressionally-mandated boundaries. While some worry that Internet providers will now begin charging bandwidth-heavy websites — like Netflix or Google — for better access to subscribers, O’Rielly said he does next expect to see that change. “I’m not expecting the marketplace to change all that much going forward,” he said, citing ongoing conversations with Internet providers.

Google plans mystery experiments at 76-77 GHz (FierceWirelessTech, 01/27/2014) Google filed a highly secretive application with the FCC for an experimental radio authority, via which the company aims to test technology in the 76-77 GHz millimeter-wave band. That spectrum is authorized for short-range radar applications, including vehicle radars. The Jan. 22 filing was uncovered by consulting engineer Steven Crowley, who wrote about it on his blog. What little can be gleaned from the highly redacted letter indicates that Google wants to conduct an experiment under statutory temporary authority (STA). The company contends granting of this experimental STA "will not adversely impact any authorized user of RF spectrum." Google is seeking authorization for testing across the United States over 24 months, beginning no later than March 1, 2014.

Broadband Speeds in the U.S. Increasing for Some

Publication: IT BusinessEdge Data and Telecom Blog

Author: Carl Weinschenk

Date: January 28, 2014

Summary: Yesterday, I posted a blog highlighting a few of the many broadband projects that are ongoing in rural areas. The implication of the post is that the projects are a small sampling of the good news that is happening more widely and on an ongoing basis. Another piece of indirect evidence that these projects are ongoing is that broadband speeds, as measured by Akamai, showed a significant increase during the third quarter of last year. GigaOm reports that Akamai found that the average speed in the United States is 9.8 Megabits per second (Mbps), which is eighth best in the world. That speed is up 13 percent from the second quarter and 31 percent against the third quarter of 2012. South Korea was in first place at a blazing 22.1 Mbps, which was an increase of 66 percent compared to its previous quarter.

Read more:http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/data-and-telecom/broadband-speeds-in-the-u.s.-increasing-for-some.html

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