The Telecom Digest for May 5, 2010
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Re: IEEE article on GSM interference affecting GPS landing systems (Steven)
FCC now expected to leave broadband services deregulated (Thad Floryan)
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Date: Mon, 03 May 2010 17:22:14 -0700
From: Steven <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: IEEE article on GSM interference affecting GPS landing systems
Sam Spade wrote:
> Rob Warnock wrote:
>> Other than that, most of what you say is correct. All it takes is just
>> a bit of nonlinearity in nearby electronics to demodulate the R.F. and
>> produce the 217 Hz (or 108 Hz) buzz.
> I get that from my iPhone with two devices in my house. It seems I have
> to be within about 3 feet of them to get it to happen.
I got a chance to see if there was any kind of interference on my GPS
from a GSM phone. A friend made and received calls on it as well as
just leaving it on, no real interference as what had happened with my
old TOMTOM, there was a little buzzing, but I don't think it was the
phone. We linked the Blue Tooth devices; the cell phone and the GPS, no
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Date: Mon, 03 May 2010 19:33:54 -0700
From: Thad Floryan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FCC now expected to leave broadband services deregulated
FCC Chairman Genachowski expected to leave broadband services deregulated
By Cecilia Kang
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 3, 2010
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has
indicated he wants to keep broadband services deregulated,
according to sources, even as a federal court decision has
exposed weaknesses in the agency's ability to be a strong
watchdog over the companies that provide access to the Web.
The FCC currently has "ancillary" authority over broadband
providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon and must
adequately justify actions over those providers. Last month,
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit said the agency had exceeded its authority in 2008
when it applied sanctions against Comcast.
The ruling cast doubt over the FCC's ability to create a
"net neutrality" rule that would force Internet service
providers to treat all services and applications on the
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to respond
soon to the court ruling. Three sources at the agency
said Genachowski has not made a final decision but has
indicated in recent discussions that he is leaning toward
keeping in place the current regulatory framework for
broadband services but making some changes that would
still bolster the FCC's chances of overseeing some
The sources said Genachowski thinks "reclassifying"
broadband to allow for more regulation would be overly
burdensome on carriers and would deter investment. But
they said he also thinks the current regulatory framework
would lead to constant legal challenges to the FCC's
authority every time it attempted to pursue a broadband policy.
"The telephone and cable companies will object to any
path the chairman takes," said Art Brodsky, a spokesman
for Public Knowledge, a media public interest group.
"He might as well take the one that best protects
consumers and is most legally sound."
The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because
a final decision hasn't been made and because of the
sensitive nature of the issue. FCC spokeswoman Jen Howard
would say only that Genachowski has not made a final decision.
Telecommunications companies would cheer a decision from
the FCC to retain the current regulatory structure.
"It should come as no surprise . . . that leading financial
analysts and technology commentators have questioned this
path," the biggest telecommunications and cable trade groups
wrote in a letter to Genachowski last week, warning against
further regulation. "Thus it is hard to imagine a regulatory
policy more at odds with the commission's goal of encouraging
'private investment and market-driven innovation.' "
Supporters of net neutrality -- companies such as Google and
Skype as well as public interest groups -- have called for
the agency to shift broadband Internet services more clearly
under the agency's authority, saying consumers would be more
vulnerable to business decisions that could cut off
competition and access to applications on the Web. And they
said the agency could strip broadband services of many of
the rules that apply to other telecom services.
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