Thursday, October 08, 2009

FCC admits to need for flexibility, especially for wireless

Cecilia Kang has followed up with a story on p A25 of the Thursday Oct. 8 Washington Post, “FCC Chief Promises Industry More Spectrum – and Net Neutrality Rules,” link here.

One of the biggest points is that wireless operations (compared to landline cable) need more flexibility in adjusting bandwidth for technical reasons, without any real customer impact in the usual sense. Companies are also expanding the concept of portability. AT&T will run Internet applications for the iPhone on its wireless network. Verizon and Google are developing the Android application system for cell phone software, with the idea of accepting any applications. Some of the groundwork for this stuff had been done by teenage hobbyists, as reported here in August 2007.

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