What’s Hot 03/05/2014

Anatomy of a deceptive broadband chart. (TechPolicyDaily.com) Swanson analyzes a recent OECD chart titled “Countries with high-speed broadband,” explaining through annotations why the chart’s data is “misleading.” Swanson further explains that—among other things—actual broadband speeds in the U.S. are closer to advertised speeds than in most nations.

Dish Network wins all wireless Internet licenses in FCC auction (Denver Business Journal’s TechFlash Blog, 3/3/14) Dish Network Corp. won the bidding for wireless broadband frequencies in all 176 U.S. markets auctioned by the Federal Communications Commission last month. Results from the FCC’s H Block auction showed that America H Block Wireless LLC, a subsidiary of the Douglas County-based satellite TV company, swept up every single license, from the most valuable (the greater New York City metropolitan area, at $216.9 million) to the cheapest (American Samoa, a U.S. island territory, at $10,000).

OVERNIGHT TECH: FCC claiming early success in IP transition (Hillicon Valley, 3/3/14) The IP transition, which is the effort by phone companies to switch subscribers from traditional phone technology to Internet-based phone technology, is seeing early progress, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). “We are pleased that the process is off to a strong start,” Julie Veach, chief of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau, wrote in a blog post Monday. Veach pointed to two applications by phone companies, including a highly anticipated one filed by AT&T last week.

Telecoms push back on proposed NSA plan (The Macon Telegraph, 3/3/14) When Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants united in outrage last summer over the National Security Agency’s unfettered spying, telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint —whose customers are also the targets of secret government spying— remained noticeably mum. But now the phone companies are speaking up. In closed-door meetings with policymakers they are taking a less accommodating stance with government and rattling the historically tight bond between telecom and the surveillance community.

@WIRED Sprint accused of overcharging feds more than $21 million in wiretapping expenses http://wrd.cm/1gNC35x

Battelle campaigning to open up spectrum above 100 GHz (FierceWirelessTech, 03/3/2014) Battelle announced that the FCC is seeking public comment on the company’s petition to adopt new service rules that will open up fallow spectrum at 102-109.5 GHz. The spectrum band has already been allocated primarily for fixed and mobile communications use. Under the rules proposed by Battelle, the band could be opened for the use of technology it has developed as well as competing technologies developed by others. The company said its technology involves “low-cost, high-capacity, moveable data links” that can be used for any variety of applications that require the low-cost, rapid delivery of large amounts of data from one location to another. “FCC action will help address the growing demand for reliable, interference-free wireless service and support the cost-effective delivery of data streams of 10G and greater, and the equipment technology is ready to deliver on this great potential,” said Philip Schofield, Battelle’s manager of sensors and communication. Researchers around the world have been examining the use of millimeter-wave spectrum, from 60 GHz to 90 GHz and even exceeding 100 GHz, for backhaul and other applications. Such spectrum is considered a critical component of future 5G networks.