As the FCC prepares to issue rules on the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction, the issue is spilling into the mainstream press. The New York Times, Infoworld and the Washington Post all have articles on the spectrum auction. You can read Kim Maynard's blog post on our filings to the FCC on the issue here. And for those new to spectrum concerns, you can read Gigi's explanations of the 700 MHz auction here and here.
Sascha Meinrath blogs about the FCC's recent ruling on satellite digital (SD) and cognitive radios. Meinrath argues that without smarter collaboration with designers, the FCC will force users to illegally operate over licensed spectrum. You can read Jacob Levin address some of these issues here.
The Brussels Court of First Instance ruled that a Belgium ISP must institute filtering software to block pirated content over its network. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's Chairman said that the ruling “bears out exactly what we have been saying for the last two years – that the Internet's gatekeepers, the ISPs, have a responsibility to help control copyright-infringing traffic on their networks.” However, as we and other organizations have said before, such regulations would upend network neutrality, block legal uses of copyrighted material, and rely on inadequate technologies.
GigaOM wonders why, with it's large screen and touch interface, the iPhone lacks good games. Most likely it's because the phone isn't an open platform, and both Apple and AT&T have veto power over creating new applications. The result is that for all its slickness, the iPhone is crippled in a cell phone market without wireless network neutrality. You can read Tim Wu's article in Slate on the issue here.
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