Bridge Span 19-3: Time for the FCC to End the Franchise Tax End-Around

Tomorrow the FCC will hold a vote on the legal limits of the power of states and localities to impose fees on cable operators and to regulate non-cable services. The need for a new vote to affirm the limitations is because recently some localities have chosen to “reimagine” the law first formed in the 1990s […]

Bridge Span 19-2: Severe Storm Warning for 5G, Inaccuracies Flood Watch

Government often seems quite adept at solving yesterday’s problems, building or protecting systems that are irrelevant today. Sometimes, to protect these inventions of yesteryear, government can hoard our spectrum resources, the building block for communications. Rather than abandon projects where spectrum is lying fallow or pursuing means to share the spectrum in such a way […]

Bridge Span 18-11: FCC, Please Speed the Deployment of Broadband

FCC, Please Speed the Deployment of Broadband

Yesterday the FCC held an open commission meeting. There are a number of items on the agenda, two items in particular focused on advancing broadband deployment across the country. One item to be considered is to clarify the scope and meaning of the 1996 Communications Act in reference […]