Posts tagged FCC

Do you hear what I hear?

The FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski made a statement today that makes me wonder what took them so long.

In 1997 I spent some time lobbying at the Minnesota Legislature and the Minnesota Public Utilities commission about the differences between a data connection and data communications.  The differences may seem plainly obvious to those of us in the Internet / Cable / Telephone industries, but for those milling around on the hill, they can’t quite grasp the difference between a carrier pigeon and the message tied to it’s leg.  This analogy was too esoteric for those who were approaching dementia so I changed the analogy to a letter carried by a postal service.  They seemed to understand that governments should regulate the postal service, but not the contents of the letter.  You tell me, which part of that analogy resembles a connection and which resembles information?  Pretty obvious, huh?

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F.C.C. votes to open up “white space”

On Tuesday the F.C.C. voted to open a slice of unused “white space” on the radio spectrum for public use.The hope is that it will be used for low-cost, high-speed Internet access and new wireless gadgets. The new gadgets could be on the market before the end of next year. More >

FCC Votes 3-2 Against Comcast’s Internet Interference

The United States Federal Communications Commission today voted strongly in favor of the concept of ‘Net Neutrality. They found that, “Comcast has unduly interfered with Internet users’ right to access the lawful Internet content and to use the applications of their choice.” Comcast Corporation, the nation’s largest cable-television provider, had been interfering with its customers’ Internet access by secretly and selectively blocking certain types of communications known as peer-to-peer connections.

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