The next-generation 5G mobile service will need spectrum, the equivalent of "land" for high-speed highways, if cellular operators are going to "pave" the airways for high-speed mobile traffic. The Federal Communications Commission in considering offering the spectrum bands above 24GHz for high-speed 5G cellular service.
It remains the video systems squabble that could impact the structure of the whole Internet, even when it seemed the former personal antenna service provider had already lost.
An investigation by the FCC found that employees of Marriott's Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center had interfered with the operation of personal Wi-Fi hotspots within its premises.
I find CTIA's argument that wireless faces unique challenges that preclude equal treatment under the net neutrality rules unconvincing. As I've argued in this column before, it is reasonable to treat wireless and wireless carriers the same when it comes to net neutrality rules. Fair treatment is fair treatment, regardless of technology.--Fred
Since the 1996 act, the mobile world has exploded and phone services is available coast to coast. I agree with CTIA that the whole idea of universal service needs to be rethought in the second decade of the 21st century.
Apparently there is at least one issue that unites Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill--annoying cellphone conversations on airplanes.
If lawmakers and regulators would stop treating the Internet like a giant roadway and more like... well, a network of networks, Cisco believes, they would realize their proposed solutions are the wrong ones.
"It was the absence of competition that historically forced the imposition of strict government regulation in telecommunications," said a man whose industry is responsible for some monopolies.
Suppose the costs service providers incurred to comply with new Open Internet rules were passed to consumers. Such consumers needing a cause for legal action may now get one.
More mobile broadband is badly needed for U.S. companies as well as consumers. I hope that the interest of the NAB, the FCC and the CTIA sides to settle their dispute quickly leads to timely resolution so the auction can take place on schedule.