February 25th, 2015

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Link Harvest: Verizon Claim For Title I Wireless Investment Boom Debunked

As Free Press notes, VZ failed to adjust for inflation when comparing investment in the wireless industry between 1994-2007 (under Title II) and 2007-014 (Title I data, Title II voice). Doing so eliminates the "boom." Other metrics likewise call into question the assessment that Title I had any positive impact on industry investment. Investment is more closely correlated with level of competition.

To which I will add that the spike in investment in 2009-2011 correlates to the availability of AWS-1 (auctioned in 2006, but not cleared of federal users until 2009) and 700 MHz spectrum (auctioned in 2008, not available until analog shut off until 2009). That this spike, when adjusted for inflation, is lower than the spike in wireless investment following the initial PCS auction in 1994 (which was investment entirely under Title II) likewise undrmines the argument that regulatory framwework influences investment decisions. 
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Link Harvest: Law Enforcement Use of Stingray Cell Phone Interceptors and How They Work

Good article in the Washington Post on the growing use by local law enforcement of IMSI Catchers, also called "Stingrays," to monitor everyone's cell phone traffic and locations.

Stingray pretends to be a cellphone tower, and then uses jamming of certain frequencies to push your phone to use the Stingray device rather than a local cell phone tower.

Letter of Senator Bill Nelson to Feds asking WTF?
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The FCC Is Getting Me an Open Internet For My Birthday!

The FCC is going to give me an Open Internet For My Birthday -- Tell Congress Not To Be Party Poopers.
"Reclassification was a thing that should not be possible, and which therefore nobody but a handful of us believed could happen. It did not happen because some powerful person or special interest wanted it. It did not happen because John Oliver made a funny video. It happened because hundreds of lawyers, grassroots organizers, and policy advocates persuaded over 4 million people to stand up for their rights and demand that the government act to protect them from the unrestrained corporate power of broadband access providers. It shows — to everyone’s surprise — that government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth."