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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.

Spurring Competition | Communications Daily

June 25, 2014

Bifurcating Rules for Paired, Unpaired Spectrum in AWS-3 Auction Emerges as Big Issue

Wheeler Proposes Uniform Duplex Gap in 600 MHz Band Plan | TR Daily

May 12, 2014

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated a new draft of the incentive auction order to be considered at the May 15 meeting, agency sources said today.

The new draft proposes a uniform 11 megahertz duplex gap, according to sources. Previously, FCC staffers had recommended a duplex gap between 6 and 11 MHz depending on how much TV broadcast spectrum was recovered, with guard band spectrum also in that range. The new draft order was circulated May 9.

FCC Democrats Likely to Push for Further Changes to Incentive Auction White Spaces Rules | Communications Daily

May 5, 2014

Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation was hopeful his side was making progress. “They’re working on it but it’s still too early to tell,” he said of FCC officials. “The Public Interest Spectrum Coalition remains hopeful that the commission will decide to follow congressional intent and dedicate the LTE guard bands for unlicensed devices,” Calabrese said. “Unlicensed microphones are not a problem.

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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