More Observations From CES…

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One of the major stories that came out of CES last week was (in the words of the Wall Street Journal) the “flood” of new Internet content and mobile devices reaching consumers’ living rooms.  In fact, this has been the story coming out of CES for the past few years.  Given such developments, it continues to puzzle me not only that the FCC refuses to announce, at least formally, that it intends to drop its ill-conceived AllVid paradigm, but that it also refuses to announce that it intends to seek to sunset Section 629 of the Communications Act altogether. By Continue Reading »

Julius Genachowski’s Speech at CES Part 2…

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Most industry experts and pundits agree that the U.S. needs more spectrum in the hands of commercial mobile broadband providers.  To this end, Congress should be commended for their efforts to pass legislation to give the Federal Communications Commission the authority to hold voluntary incentive auctions to help facilitate the transfer of prime spectrum from broadcasters to mobile broadband providers.  As noted yesterday in Larry’s post, however, last week at CES FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski blasted a bill currently working its way through the House Energy and Commerce Committee because the proposed legislation would eliminate the FCC’s ability to preclude Continue Reading »

Julius Genachowski’s Speech at CES Part 1…

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For those interested in spectrum policy, I would commend folks to read FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s speech at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) last week. The Chairman began his speech by acknowledging once again that because America is facing looming spectrum exhaust, Congress should quickly pass legislation authorizing the FCC to conduct voluntary spectrum auctions for the purpose of transferring television broadcast spectrum to mobile broadband providers.  Indeed, the Chairman noted that absent that ability for wireless carriers to access more spectrum, “American consumers will face slower speeds, more dropped connections, and higher prices.”  (To illustrate this point, see the Continue Reading »

Welcome to the @lawandeconomics Blog…

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Dear Phoenix Center Community: Welcome to @lawandeconomics, the official blog of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies. With this blog, we intend to provide real-time comment on current events, as well as to highlight market examples of the relevancy of our research. As with our Policy Papers, Policy Bulletins, Policy Perspectives and other published research, our blog posts will be well-grounded in fact, law and economic theory. And, of course, for those of you who have attended our Symposiums and other events, you know that we try to be both educational and entertaining, so we Continue Reading »