WhyOne Posted May 16, 2011 Report Share Posted May 16, 2011 In Washington, there is a sort of a war going on over the UHF spectrum, as UHF wavelengths are very good for both TV broacasts and mobile broadband. The broadcasters, represented by NAB and others, are afraid that the mobile broadband folks are deliberately trumping up a "spectrum crunch" for broadband use and are trying to acquire leases for as much of the spectrum as possible. Toward that end, as an example, ComCast "purchased" their own FCC Comissioner (Meredith Attwell Baker), who voted in favor of the takeover of NBC. So now the delivery agent owns the content provider. Now they feel she would be more useful as a lobbyist: Regulator to Join Comcast After OK of NBC DealBy JOELLE TESSLER AP Technology Writer5/11/2011, 9:58 PM EDTFederal Communications Commission member to join Comcast after approval of NBC takeover deal A top telecommunications regulator who voted to approve Comcast Corp.'s takeover of NBCUniversal in January is leaving to join the company as a lobbyist. Meredith Attwell Baker, one of two Republicans on the five-member Federal Communications Commission, will become senior vice president of government affairs for NBCUniversal. Comcast said it did not begin discussions with Baker about a possible job until after the transaction had closed. Baker will leave the FCC on June 3, less than a month before her term was set to expire. She joined the agency in July 2009. And from markertek.com Thursday, May 05, 2011 The National Association of Broadcasters has filed with the FCC a study by former FCC official Uzoma Onyeije questioning the existence of a spectrum crisis. The paper, entitled "Solving the Capacity Crunch: Options for Enhancing Data Capacity on Wireless Networks," suggests alternative solutions to auctioning broadcasting spectrum to help alleviate mobile broadband congestion. In the paper, Onyeije shows that insufficient analysis and reliance on faulty information in the formation of the FCC's National Broadband Plan has led to the overstated assumption of a nationwide spectrum "crisis." The paper cautions that using flawed data to address the capacity crunch affecting only a handful of cities will lead to inadequate solutions. Onyeije calls for a comprehensive and quantitative analysis of the issue that is not based on preconceived assumptions. "The factual basis for the 'spectrum crisis' claim is underwhelming," Onyeije wrote in the paper. "For example, the answer to the fundamental question of how much spectrum mobile carriers need remains uncertain. It appears that the notion of a need for large-scale spectrum reallocation to address a shortage of mobile spectrum is based on questionable assumptions designed to achieve a particular result." The National Broadband Plan's conclusion of a spectrum shortage is based on little more than a wish list by wireless carriers, says the paper. Onyeije cites contradictory statements by high-ranking corporate officials to show the Plan's calls for making 500 MHz of spectrum available for broadband in ten years is a gross overestimate of the actual need. "There is no denying that the corporate imperative of mobile wireless carriers is to obtain as much spectrum as they can," Onyeije wrote. "However, the fact that wireless carriers cannot find a unified voice on the amount and timing of their spectrum needs suggests that this advocacy is more strategic gamesmanship than factual reality." The paper was filed with the FCC in response to a request for comments on potential reallocation of broadcast spectrum. Onyeije will appear on a panel entitled "Bridging the Digital Divide: Spectrum Policy, Program Diversity and Consumer Rights" at the Brookings Institution on May 5 at 10 a.m. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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