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[ NNSquad ] DOJ: more spectrum for wireless = more competitive Internet

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Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:19:16 -0500
From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
Subject: [IP] DOJ: more spectrum for wireless = more competitive Internet
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From: Bob Poortinga <k9sql@k9sql.us>
Date: January 5, 2010 11:21:51 AM EST
To: Dave Farber <dave@farber.net>
Subject: DOJ: more spectrum for wireless = more competitive Internet

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DOJ: more spectrum for wireless = more competitive Internet

The Department of Justice has weighed in on the debate over whether
the wireless industry needs more spectrum. Its answer is yes, but the
DOJ wants those new licenses to go to competitive providers, not just
the incumbent telcos.


The Department of Justice says the best way to encourage broadband
competition is to make many more licenses available for wireless use.

"Given the potential of wireless services to reach underserved areas
and to provide an alternative to wireline broadband providers in other
areas, the Commissionís primary tool for promoting broadband
competition should be freeing up spectrum," the DOJ wrote to the FCC
on Monday. Spectrum scarcity is the "fundamental problem" that the
agency must tackle in order to help companies like Clearwire,
T-Mobile, and Sprint offer high speed Internet comparable to land line
Internet. "Stated simply, without access to sufficient spectrum a firm
cannot provide state-of-the-art wireless broadband services."

Although the Justice filing doesn't get into the specifics of how to
make this spectrum shift happen, it offers ammunition to those urging
the FCC to reorganize the UHF and VHF television license bands so as
to free up more licenses for wireless. As we've reported, CTIA - The
Wireless Association has submitted a plan that would do this by
transitioning TV from high-power, high-altitude towers to networks of
lower power towers, otherwise known as Distributed Transmission
Systems, on single frequency networks.


Bob Poortinga  K9SQL
Bloomington, IN  US

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