Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) chaired today's 'iPhone hearing' in the House's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. The hearing wasn't really about iPhones (though Markey help up Alex's phone to introduce the hearing), but about state and federal regulations of wireless terms of service, the 700 MHz spectrum auction, and wireless Carterfone. You can read Susan Crawford's commentary on the hearing here.
CNN, Infoworld, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, and Reuters are all running stories on FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's proposal for the 700 MHz spectrum auction. You can read Harold Feld's assessment of the proposal from a public interest perspective, Scott Cleland's blog for an industry take, and Art's post for our own position
Free Press' Ben Scott blogs about the limitations of the iPhone. As we have said before, because carriers can block both applications and devices on their networks, the cell phones we see today are crippled versions of those available internationally.
Senate Republicans will introduce legislation mirroring an earlier House bill blocking the FCC from reviving the Fairness Doctrine, which requires broadcasters to offer balanced viewpoints on controversial issues. The doctrine, which would cripple the conservative talk radio industry, has received little attention from Democrats. However, Republicans are trying to take preemptive action, inserting the ban into an Iraq appropriations bill.
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