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The Telecom Digest for April 8, 2014
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Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 18:21:48 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Wi-Fi Bulks Up Message-ID: <email@example.com> By Mitchell Lazarus, CommLawBlog, April 6, 2014 New technical rules for unlicensed 5-GHz will yield better device performance. We hear a lot about the shortage of spectrum that wireless carriers need for delivering silly cat videos to our smartphones and tablets. Also in short supply, although it gets less attention, is spectrum used by "unlicensed" services like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Access to this spectrum is free: no multi-billion-dollar auctions. The chips that use it are inexpensive, despite sometimes being housed in pricey tablets. There are no monthly charges. These frequency bands carry far more data every day than do carrier-provided 3G and 4G data services. Older forms of Wi-Fi used only a band at 5.8 GHz band or, much more commonly, a band at 2.4 GHz. Some newer Wi-Fi protocols can use either or both, or other sub-bands in the 5-GHz range -- whatever gives the best performance at a particular time and place. These technologies are amazingly good at working around interference, but still, can tolerate only so much congestion. A mathematical theorem sets the limit. As more of our devices send and receive more data, everybody's performance gets worse. A recent FCC order will help. Continued: http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/04/articles/unlicensed-operations-a nd-emer/wifi-bulks-up/index.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/nt5x9vr Neal McLain
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:51:02 -0400 From: Telecom Digest Moderator <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Fred Goldstein is the new moderator Message-ID: <20140407215101.GA14007@telecom.csail.mit.edu> To the readers, As you all know, I'm going to take a hiatus from being Moderator of The Telecom Digest, and I asked for volunteers to pinch-hit. If you were one of those who volunteered, please accept my heartfelt thanks, both for your willingness to help, and for stepping up on short notice to take on this difficult work. After careful consideration, I've made the choice: Fred Goldstein has accepted my request to take over as the moderator while I'm on hiatus. He will be here for an indefinite time while I deal with some personal issues. Here's a bit of his résumé: Fred Goldstein is a principal at Interisle Consulting Group, and has been a Digest reader since 1981. He advises governments and companies on technical, regulatory and business issues related to the telecom- munications, cable, wireless and Internet industries, especially in areas where they overlap. The author of numerous articles and the books /The Great Telecom Meltdown/ and /ISDN In Perspective/, he has served on standards committees in areas such as ATM networks and Frame Relay. ... and I can vouch for Fred, since he and I worked side-by-side a few years ago. He is the smartest, and most agressive customer advocate I've ever worked with. When I had to make the decision, I asked myself where the industry is headed, and which of the people who offered to help would be best able to improve the Digest's coverage in the future: Fed was at the top of the list. Please give Fred all the support you can. Thank you. Bill -- Bill Horne
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 18:51:27 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Free Webinar on Aereo - April 16 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> By FHH Law, CommLogBlog April 6, 2014 Hey, CommLawBlog readers (you know who you are)! Kevin Goldberg (a/k/a/ the Swami) and Harry Cole (a/k/a the Blogmeister) have put up scads of posts here covering the ongoing drama of Aereo vs. the Broadcasters (and its various spin-offs, including Aereo: Los Angeles, better known as Aereokiller vs. the Broadcasters). You've been reading their stuff for years -- now you can listen to them, too! Back in December, Kevin speculated that we could be seeing Aereo Armageddon sooner rather than later in the form of a Supreme Court showdown. And sure enough (we don't call him the Swami for nothing), that showdown is on the Court's schedule for April 22, when Aereo and its various nemeses are set to face off in an epic oral argument before the Supremes. The outcome -- likely to be decided by the end of June -- could have a major impact on the Future of Broadcast Television (as well as other incidentals, like the Future of Cloud Computing). Suffice it to say, we can expect the argument and its aftermath to be big news. Continued: http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/04/articles/broadcast/free-webinar-on-aereo-april-16/index.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/nerd3nl I've already registered. Neal McLain
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