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FCC Defines 700 MHz Rules

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Jul 31, 2007, 6:35 PM

Guess who voted no against open services and open networks...

One was former telecommunications lobbyist (McDowell) and the other a strong DRM advocate (Taylor) - both of which are Bush appointees.
You really think Bush cares what can be done over the 700 MHz frequency? I'd actually think he'd prefer it be open. The more stuff that people are doing on it, the more information the NSA can collect.

Aug 2, 2007, 12:36 PM

this is google's bag believe it or not...

google will be one of the primary bidders of the 700mhz spectrum. they plan to roll out their own cell service in 2009-2010. what yall think about that?

Aug 1, 2007, 6:04 PM

It's a loss both ways.

I hate the common practice of carriers hacking phones and playing network games to try to interfere with customers use of the products and services they paid for.

BUT...The FCC has no business regulating commerce. These are issues for states or the FTC, so I am not in favor of the FCC making this rule. States and the FTC should already be able to prosecute carriers, under existing contract and commerce laws, for claiming to sell internet service and devices, and then using guerrila tactics to interfere with usage.

AND...Most 700MHz services will still be subject to carrier fascism, as only a minority of the band will have to comply, making those services likely to charge a premium as the service you can actually use as advertised.

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