*Tate’s Law: More Networks Mean More Reliability
*Make spectrum available
from DSL Prime newsletter by Dave Burstein
Gordon Moore didn’t intend to create “Moore’s Law” when he wrote an
article predicting the future of semiconductors, but the logic was so
powerful his name is now in the history books. I doubt FCC Commissioner
Tate expected even 15 minutes of fame for her comments at the VON
conference, but the idea is compelling.
Tate said “At the second meeting of the FCC Independent Panel Reviewing
the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks in
Mississippi, I heard personal accounts of the devastation caused by
Hurricane Katrina. The one clear message I heard was the need for
redundancy in communications networks.” Getting another network deployed
will save lives in emergencies, whether massive hurricanes or an
individual with a heart attack. After Katrina, I wrote, /“/The debate
over whether to add a WiFi/Wimax network should be over. Get those base
stations up on light and flagpoles, etc. by whatever means necessary.”
There’s a reasonable debate about whether it should be built by cities,
independents like EarthLink, or even incumbents. Commissioner Tate is on
target, however, seeking to resolve those issues and provide this
essential safety net.
AT&T and BellSouth have unused spectrum perfect for Wimax, and could
easily divest. The FCC made a major mistake not demanding the same from
Sprint/Nextel. The Sprint CFO told Wall Street giving up the spectrum
would have minimal impact, because it had been already written down.
There’s also the remarkable proposal from M2Z to unwire 95% of the
United States with free service at low speeds. They’d charge for higher
speeds and pay a royalty on the 20 megahertz of unused spectrum they
need. Milo Medin, who built the U.S. cable modem business and
experienced regulator John Muleta have credibility, while Kleiner
Perkins, the richest venture capitalists in the world, are ready with
In the current commenting period for the Merger of att-BST (docket
06-74) it would be wise to mention that what is best for America is to
follow Commissioner Tate's recommendation for a redundant network - to
wit, att and BellSouth should have to divest their licensed spectrum
that they have left unused since their purchase over 5 years ago.
Private-public partnerships would be able to best utilize the spectrum
and these same partnerships would have the ability of speed to deployment.
You might also ask for peering, special access pricing, and tariff rates
to remain in effect for the next 30 months.
If you wait till tomorrow morning you can just edit my comments.
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