Broadband, spectrum, and open government today

Look for a deep-dive report today from the NTIA about home adoption of broadband, based on census data.  Non-adoption is based on price (about a third) but also correlates with income and socio-economic factors.

This morning the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee meets.  Site is here.  If you’re interested in spectrum policy, you’ll want to read the draft reports here, which include a host of recommendations:

  • Commerce should define efficiency targets for developers of new radio systems
  • NTIA should create a National Spectrum Technology Roadmap, which would require future spectrum users to accommodate unlicensed/spectrum efficient technologies
  • New unlicensed bands should be designed to encourage the development of cognitive radio technologies
  • Spectrum fees for government use of spectrum should be considered
  • Dedicated funding for clearing federal bands and facilitating experimentation with sharing should be established (“Spectrum Innovation Fund”)

A U.S.-India Open DIalogue on Open Government is being launched.  International coordination on transparency, openness, and use of technology to serve citizens is gaining traction – there’s an international meeting on open government data in DC later this month.  Go, Open Government Initiative and Beth Noveck.

2 thoughts on “Broadband, spectrum, and open government today

  1. Not represented, AFAICT, in the Indian event is the work of the Center for Inernet & Society in Bangalore. As part of the OneWebDay 2010 effort I video’d Columbia student Glover Wright discussing his work there on an Open Government initiative. He raises some interesting issues.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRph4DmT2dU

    http://www.cis-india.org/

  2. Christopher Blair

    http://www.commlawblog.com/2010/11/articles/broadcast/pointcounterpoint-peter-tannenwald-responds-to-the-chairman/

    Please paste in link to read article by Peter Tannenwald.

    I am a LPTV broadcaster and so yes I do have a lot at stake as it relates to the National Broadband Plan. After years of scraping by, hoping things would get better, it doesn’t appear that anything will improve for broadcasters, whether they be Low Power or Full Power. My two main arguments with the broadband plan relate to 1) further concentration of spectrum in the hands of companies that will warehouse spectrum, since only the large wireless carriers will have enough resources to prevail via an auction and 2) no matter how much bandwidth is thrown to wireless bottlenecks, wireless congestion will remain–the architecture has to change.

    Mr. Melone of Verizon recently acknowledged that they will be looking to broadcast certain content. Here’s a novel idea; let broadcasters broadcast the content that needs a one-to-many approach. Unless the real aim of the NBP is to just put broadcasters out of business, we should be given the opportunity to “broadcast the Internet”.

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