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Sharp Divide Seen in Net Neutrality Comments on Rules for Mobile Broadband | Communications Daily

July 21, 2014
Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, said in a news release the revised rules should not treat wireless and wireless differently. “The FCC must not create two different Internets, one wireline and open, the other wireless and closed,” Calabrese said Thursday. “Individuals will increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices that will connect to the Internet over a variety of fixed and mobile carrier networks de- pending on location, need and cost.”

Net Neutrality a Key Battleground in Growing fight over Encryption, Activists Say | PCWorld

July 18, 2014
Activists and tech companies fended off efforts in the U.S. in the 1990s to ban Internet encryption or give the government ways around it, but an even bigger battle over cryptography is brewing now, according to Sascha Meinrath, director of X-Lab, a digital civil-rights think tank launched earlier this year. One of the most contested issues in that battle will be net neutrality, Meinrath said.

NTIA Pilot Program to Look at Spectrum Occupancy in Era of Sharing | Communications Daily

July 11, 2014
NTIA launched a pilot program for measuring the occupancy of spectrum in a shared spectrum world, Associate Administrator Karl Nebbia said Thursday during the first meeting of the newly reconstituted Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. The cost recovery subgroup is looking at how to pay the expenses that government agencies incur as a result of spectrum sharing (http://1.usa.gov/1kJ56IJ). Chair Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation said the group hopes to have a number of alternatives to present at CSMAC’s October meeting.

Public Interest Groups, Advocates For Unlicensed, Get Bigger Role on CSMAC | Communications Daily

July 1, 2014

The Obama administration is expanding public interest group representation on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, which was created under President George W. Bush to improve management of the airwaves. Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld will join longtime member Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at the New America Foundation, who was reappointed as a public interest group member of CSMAC. Both have been strong advocates of unlicensed spectrum. Feld had sought to become a member in the past but had been turned down.

Reply Comments on Auction of Advanced Wireless Services Licenses

June 26, 2014
The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute joined Public Knowledge in submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the auction of advanced wireless services licenses schedule for November 13, 2014. Read full text of comments here [pdf]
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