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Implementing the PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 2:00pm
At a time when Congress and the FCC was focused solely on spectrum auctions as a way to meet exploding mobile device data demand, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in 2012 recommended a parallel path to bandwidth abundance: opening a “spectrum superhighway” on underutilized military and other Federal government airwaves.  President Obama last year issued an executive order putting the Administration squarely behind spectrum sharing as a technical and economic underpinning of America’s wireless future.

Super Wi-Fi, Incentive Auctions and the Emerging Unlicensed Economy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 12:15pm
The airwaves that are open and unlicensed already generate more than $220 billion a year through Wi-Fi and other technologies for the U.S. economy.  And unlicensed access to vacant TV Band spectrum - the TV White Spaces - has already spurred deployments to connect unserved rural households and at universities and libraries. 

Spectrum Auctions: Promoting More Mobile Market Competition . . . or Less?

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 9:30am
There has long been a tension between using auctions of spectrum licenses as a one-time revenue raiser and the broader public interest in auctions as a means of promoting competition, innovation and consumer welfare. This policy forum will discuss and debate the purpose and impact of auctions, especially the issue of spectrum aggregation limits under consideration by the FCC for upcoming TV band and AWS-3 auctions.

Solving the 'Spectrum Crunch'

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 8:30am

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Reclaiming the Airwaves: The Largest Expansion of Community Radio, Coming This Fall

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 4:00pm

As the result of a decade-long struggle with both commercial and public radio, Congress and the FCC have finally cleared the way for a major expansion of Low-Power FM. In October 2013 community groups in cities and towns across the country will have the rare opportunity to apply for a low power FM radio station license.  A wide-range of organizations (including right-wing forces that already dominate the nation's airwaves) are in the midst of massive outreach campaigns to encourage the public to apply for these stations.

Disappearing off the Dial: The Future of Low Power TV

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 4:00pm

Low Power Television (LPTV) was created in 1982 with the intention of providing small communities with local television service.  Public interest advocates argued that LPTV would open the door to those who are often locked out of opportunities to have a TV license, and it might deliver programming tailored to the specific needs of often over-looked communities. Unfortunately, many LPTV operators have gone off air and many more are having a difficult time attracting an audience. One reason is that cable is not required to carry LPTV stations.

Unfinished Business: Wireless Competition and the FCC Transition

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:15pm
The nomination of Tom Wheeler as the next Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) marks the start of what could be a lengthy confirmation process. Although President Obama has designated Commissioner Mignon Clyburn as Acting Chair, the transition to new leadership at the FCC often results in important decisions being put on hold. However, with consumer demand for mobile broadband exploding, the FCC is already behind the curve and must keep moving.

Fair Play? The State of Competition in the Business Broadband Marketplace

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 12:15pm

The Wireless Future Project and the Open Technology Institute hosted a lively discussion at the New America Foundation about the regulatory future of America’s broadband marketplace.  

Upgrading America: Better, Faster, Cheaper Broadband and Energy

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 12:15pm

There is a way to create a rising standard of living for all Americans, Reed Hundt and Blair Levin argue in a soon-to-be-published e-book. The former Federal Communications Commission officials suggest policymakers should focus on two sectors-energy and broadband-to achieve economic growth. They write that as technologies become exponentially more cost-efficient over time, every sector of the economy will benefit from investments that make broadband and energy abundant.

Transatlantic Perspectives on Digital Rights and Online Privacy

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 9:30am

It was recently reported that Google has agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission a record $22.5 million fine for violating online privacy agreements.  Earlier this year the Obama Administration released a blueprint for a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” for online users. And recently the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute was one of several organizations who signed on to the “Declaration of Internet Freedom.”

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