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The Wireless Wars | Slate

March 21, 2014

“AT&T and Verizon have put on a full-scale lobbying campaign and they’re spreading money all over town and writing op-eds,” said Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at the New America Foundation, which supports limits. “Each side is trying to pressure the FCC, sometimes with public letters, and sometimes with research, and equally often it’s with private phone calls.”

Comcast, the Soon-to-Be Gazillion-Pound Technology Gorilla | The Washington Post

February 13, 2014

This sets up an uneven relationship between cable companies and wireless carriers, the latter of which are growing increasingly reliant on fixed broadband as a safety valve for demand. As the New America Foundation's Michael Calabrese notes in a 2013 white paper, "cell site bottleneck is a very real constraint." Cisco estimates that 57 percent of all U.S. mobile device traffic was offloaded to WiFi last year. That figure is expected to top 64 percent by 2018.

Japanese Organizations Claim White Spaces Broadband Breakthrough | Telecompetitor

January 23, 2014

In the U.S. there has been considerable debate about how much TV broadcast spectrum should be made available for 802.11af. Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation has argued that when the FCC creates a band plan for the upcoming 600 MHz auction of TV broadcast spectrum, it should make at least 30 MHz of spectrum available on an unlicensed basis to support 802.11af and the gigbit WiFi standard 802.11ac.

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Obama Says NSA's Mass Collection of U.S. Phone Data Will End | The Wall Street Journal

January 17, 2014

Still, many privacy advocates said Mr. Obama's plans remained incomplete.

"Although we're heartened by many of the positive steps that the president outlined today, many key questions and reforms were left unaddressed, and many controversies punted to Congress or to other government officials," said Sascha Meinrath, Director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

Obama Outlines Changes in the NSA Spying Program | McClatchy Newspapers

January 17, 2014

“Although we’re heartened by many of the positive steps that the president outlined today, many key questions and reforms were left unaddressed, and many controversies punted to Congress or to other government officials,” said Sascha Meinrath, director of the Open Technology Institute and vice president at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy think tank, which provided suggestions to the White House. “To restore the trust in the United States as a responsible steward of the Internet, the president should be acting now.”

Obama Says Nsa's Mass Collection Of U.S. Phone Data Will End | Wall Street Journal

January 17, 2014

"Although we're heartened by many of the positive steps that the president outlined today, many key questions and reforms were left unaddressed, and many controversies punted to Congress or to other government officials," said Sascha Meinrath, Director ...

How the cost of cell phone surveillance can change legal privacy protections

January 10, 2014

The monetary cost to law enforcement to track people has taken a nosedive following the broad adoption of cell phones, putting a dollar figure to the practice. Or to be more precise, a cents figure.

Tracking a suspect using their cell phone's Global Positioning System (GPS) costs around 1/1000th of what it costs to track them using the visual surveillance method, according to a new study published in the Yale Law Journal on Thursday by privacy researchers Kevin Bankston and Ashkan Soltani.

Telecom Notes

December 2, 2013
A recent spectrum deal between the Department of Defense and NAB is likely to help the FCC in preparing for an upcoming spectrum auction, an observer told us.

White House Stands Behind DOJ Filing on Spectrum Aggregation and Incentive Auction, Power Says | Communications Daily

November 22, 2013

The White House waded into one of the biggest issues facing the FCC and Chairman Tom Wheeler as it finalizes rules for the incentive TV auction — whether the FCC should impose restrictions limiting bidding by Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

Tom Power, deputy chief technology officer for telecommunications, said the whole administration supports a controversial April filing at the commission on spectrum aggregation and competition (CD April 15 p7) by the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

'Super Wi-Fi' Heading For U.S. Campuses | ABS CBN News

November 14, 2013

The new deployment "responds to the need at many colleges to quickly and easily close gaps in campus broadband connectivity," said Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at the New America Foundation and an AIR.U co-founder.

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