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Michael Calabrese in IDG News on the 'White Space' Wireless Campaign

December 12, 2007

A coalition of technology vendors, consumer groups and think tanks has banded together to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to approve wireless devices that would operate in currently unused television spectrum.

The Wireless Innovation Alliance, which launched a Web site on Wednesday, is an expansion of the vendor-centric White Spaces Coalition, a group that has been pushing for the use of so-called white-space spectrum for wireless broadband services.

Technology Daily Quotes Michael Calabrese on TV White Space Debate

December 12, 2007

House lawmakers in both parties are stepping up pressure on the FCC to permit technology companies such as Dell, Google, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft to harness vacant broadcast spectrum in order to expand wireless, high-speed Internet access.

New America's Municipal Wireless Report in The Bulletin (Philadelphia)

December 12, 2007

By almost all reports, and there were a number of them yesterday, the attempt of EarthLink, Inc. to blanket Philadelphia with affordable wireless internet service is in trouble.

City Council is openly worried the city may be forced to take over and run the new citywide wireless network - perhaps as an exclusive provider for city employees without any public access.

BusinessWeek Covers Wireless Debate, and Highlights Advocacy Groups

December 11, 2007

Even as the wireless industry chants a new gospel about opening mobile-phone networks to outside devices and applications, some of the biggest U.S. carriers are quietly blocking new services that would compete with their own.

Would-be mobile-service providers, ranging from startups to major banks to eBay's (EBAY) PayPal have encountered these roadblocks, erected by the likes of AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless. In some cases, cellular carriers have backed down, but only after inflicting costly delays on the new services.

New America TV 'White Space' Paper in Telecom A.M.

December 11, 2007

Spectrum sensing, of the kind that's required to allow wireless devices to use TV white spaces to access the Internet without causing harmful interference, is a “proven and well-understood technology,” the New America Foundation said in a white paper released Monday. The group said the goal of the paper is to counter “the torrent of misinformation” in arguments made by broadcasters and others opposed to opening the spectrum for unlicensed use by portable devices.

New America-Signed Petition to the FCC in The Washington Post

December 11, 2007

A consortium of consumer groups is planning to urge federal regulators to clarify how much control cellphone companies can have over the messages and services delivered over their networks.

Sascha Meinrath in Los Angeles Times on Verizon's Open Networks

December 10, 2007

Los Angeles Times's John Healey wrote on Verizon Wireless' decision to open its network to independent developers and phone manufacturers. Here's an excerpt from Healey's Opinion Piece quoting New America's Sascha Meinrath:

Michael Calabrese in Los Angeles Times on Wireless Airwave Auction

December 1, 2007

...The federal government's decision to auction off this prime public spectrum next month could change the wireless world. It has the potential to make talking on a cellphone, surfing the Web on a mobile device and even watching television on your handset easier and cheaper.

Google Inc. said Friday that it would bid, and a slew of other companies were expected to file to join them by Monday's deadline. ...

Michael Calabrese in The Washington Post Praises Verizon Wireless

November 29, 2007

Verizon Wireless officials announced Tuesday they would open up their network to any devices and software customers want to use by the second half of 2008. Any device that passes a minimal connectivity test will be allowed on the Verizon Wireless network, officials said.

That announcement drew applause from a wide variety of groups. Public Knowledge, a consumer rights group that has pushed for open network regulations from the U.S. Congress or the Federal Communications Commission, said it was "cautiously optimistic" about Verizon's decision. ...

New America Foundation in Computer World on Telecom Deregulation

November 13, 2007

Eight public-interest and consumer groups have asked the Federal Communications Commission to reject requests by two large telecommunication providers to close off their copper voice and data networks to competitors in 10 U.S. cities.

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