Harold Feld’s Excellent Take on the ‘Death’ of WiMAX — and its Long Afterlife

July 7, 2010

Normally known for his intelligent takes on all matters regarding telecom policy, our pal Harold Feld shows his technology and market chops with an excellent post today about why he thinks the so-called “death of WiMAX” may be a precursor to a long, active afterlife.

You should, of course, read the entire wonderful post but to sum up Harold’s points — WiMAX may be surpassed by Long Term Evolution (LTE) as the eventual 4G market “standard,” but that’s not going to happen for awhile and with lots of gear and services deployed, it’s not like WiMAX is going to disappear off the shelves like Betamax tape players. A great post to bookmark and remember after all the “death sentences” for WiMAX inevitably appear.

Clearwire gets More Spectrum in Auction

November 9, 2009

Since we’ve been talking a lot about spectrum lately, you should know that the FCC just concluded a small auction of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band — the same spectrum Clearwire is using to support its nationwide WiMAX network rollout. Perhaps not surprisingly, Clearwire won the lion’s share of the mixed bag of bids, which came from licenses that had expired or were no longer in use.

Our friend Sam Churchill over at DailyWireless.org has a fine rundown of all the specs, and a great spectrum chart (which we are brazenly copying below) that shows in stellar bar-chart fashion the spectrum depth advantage Clearwire has over the major cellular providers, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

Another friend of ours, Harold Feld, recently completed an extensive review of the spectrum and the auction, and has even put together maps and a searchable database of the licenses, something you won’t find on any government site. All that work costs money and time, but if you are deep into this market we think Harold’s report is a bargain; you can purchase it via a link at MuniWireless.com.

Karl and Harold on the Google/WSJ Dustup

December 16, 2008

I still don’t think we’ve heard the last of the Google/Wall Street Journal dustup over the dazed and confused story the Journal put out Monday that supposedly detailed Google’s departure from its net neutrality ideals but in reality didn’t seem to understand what topic it was even talking about.

My late-night takeaway is that while Google seems to have won the overall perception battle on this one, the swell of derisive swipes at Google from many corners shows there’s a lot of latent Google-hate out there that may have very little to do with network neutrality and a lot more to do with a simple distaste for the actions of the at-times overly proud and overly preachy Googlers.

Such are the trappings of being the big dog: Everyone wants to nip at your heels. More on this topic later.

For now, two good reads that capture the main points of the day’s discussion: Karl Bode at DSL Reports paints a very good picture of how and why the WSJ got things so wrong; and Harold Feld on why net neutrality isn’t simple, why it’s not all about Google, and why all that matters — a lot.