Text Messaging to 911? Will it be Practical?

From a few articles including the recent one I read on Wired, it looks like he FCC is pushing for a new project that let us to send emergency text messages to Police including images and videos. If people don’t abuse the service, it’s an awesome move by FCC.

Considering the problems in time of heavy usage during the emergencies with voice on mobile phones or when the signal is weak, the new technology would lead to better, faster responses from emergency workers. Text messages can get through more often than voice. Therefore, it seems natural to let us have this for our bag of tricks for times when voice service is not possible. Read more of this post

US Running out of Spectrum by 2014

Thanks again to Steve Jobs and his iPhone, we are running out of spectrum.

The latest report by FCC shows we’ve been increasingly checking our email, surfing the Net and watching video on our mobile devices. This explains the rise on usage of mobile data and the demand for them which is just about to exceed the capacity of available wireless networks.

If it wasn’t because of the iPhone like type of smartphones, I don’t think we would have gone crazy with our phones like we are today.

“If we don’t act to update our spectrum policies for the 21st century, we’re going to run into a wall — a spectrum crunch — that will stifle American innovation and economic growth.” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The National Broadband Plan recommends that the FCC make available 500 MHz of new spectrum for wireless broadband within 10 years, including 300 MHz within five years. Read more of this post

T-Mobile: America’s New Bastard

(the pact between Google and Verizon Wireless) hasn’t killed the Net Neutrality yet, but many wireless carriers have already started their abuse. The new bastard is “T-Mobile” which happens to be my own carrier too 😦 Their case is yet classic example of a totally arbitrary decision by a carrier to block text message calls between consumers and organizations they want to communicate with. Read more of this post

FCC Opens up “white-spaces” spectrum for “Super Wi-Fi”

The FCC voted unanimously to allow the use of unutilized broadcast spectrum TV white spaces to open up the way for “super Wi-Fi” wireless broadband networks, but set aside two channels nationwide for wireless microphones.

The spectrum in question was freed up through the nation’s transition from analog to digital television broadcasting in June 2009.

The agency also directed the Office of Engineering and Technology to develop a database that will include information on wireless microphone venues. The agency has given experimental licenses to several cities and seen how the spectrum could be used for telemedicine, connecting larger school campuses, machine-to-machine communications and smart cities applications, said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. However, beyond super Wi-Fi, the most innovative services could be on the horizon, he noted. Read more of this post

Let the War finally begin: LTE vs. WiMAX

Both AT&T and Verizon are moving forward with their 4G/LTE networks in 30 US cities, with one launching by the end of the year and the other going commercial by mid-2011. And, with the approval of the first LTE phone by the FCC, the door is opening for flood of new LTE devices. Read more of this post

War of Words: FCC Vs. Voogle

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is conducting further investigation into Voogle’s (Google and Verizon) proposed net neutrality framework seeking  public comment on two controversial provisions included in a proposed policy framework crafted by Google and Verizon and opposed by many supporters of network neutrality rules.

The agency’s seven-page public notice, specifically, is seeking comments on how wireless providers should address transparency, devices and applications. Read more of this post

More oppositions to the Google Verizon Pact as Secret Talks in D.C. over Net Neutrality continues

As the subject on net neutrality heating up, representatives of some of the nation’s largest technology  companies  have been summoned to the K Street offices of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a venerable industry organization that lobbies the government on behalf of a wide variety of tech giants, including Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Apple, Hewlett Packard and Dell. Read more of this post

The three Musketiers from the Congress Urging FCC on Net-Neutrality

Since the recent net neutrality fiasco erupted by Google and Verizon earlier this month, it was first Voogle Wireless, then me, then Jon Stewart, and now the three musketiers from the Congress have raised strong opposition against the dictatorship Google and Verizon are about to implement. Read more of this post

The National Broadband Plan: The Good The Bad and The Ugly – Part II

By now, it should be obvious to everyone that Google has been trying hard to create other revenue generating business models to help them to reduce their dependency on their sole search advertising business responsible for over 90% of their annual revenue. It is also becoming obvious (at least to me) as the company fails more and more with their new businesses like their Nexus One smartphone and Google Wave,  they are becoming more evil than ever.

Google is in talks with Verizon that would kill the Net Neutrality for good once (or if) it goes through. It is certainly time to revoke Google’s “Do No Evil”. What the hell happened to their Public Policy statement?  “Hey FCC, keep the Internet open — and awesome!Read more of this post

FCC to address Mobile Backhaul Today

To overcome many of the existing challenges by the telecommunications service providers – particularly the slow and costly access to poles, FCC is holding a meeting today.

The following are also expected to be addressed:

– The rules to ease wireless backhaul deployments. The Notice of Proposed Rule making and Notice of Inquiry are part of the agency’s plan to enable more broadband deployments across the nation. Read more of this post