Just last week, President-elect Obama asked Congress to stop the analog TV shut down, due to funding issues and confusion. At CES yesterday, FCC chief Kevin Martin was having none of that at all.
At the Panasonic's booth, Kevin Martin (right) watches the 'Cable PSA' DTV parody—the YouTube video that skewers how difficult the transition is for seniors—for two minutes without speaking.
The cockamamie plan to devote a chunk of AWS-3 spectrum to free w-fi can eliminate one enemy from its massive cadre of detractors: people who would use the bandwidth for streaming MegaPorn videos at 10kbps.
What's up with corrupt politicians this week? Congress just filed a 110-page report on FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's "egregious abuses of power," documenting his favoritism for companies, and possibly impropriety with some, like Verizon.
Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Wireless and the FCC Chairman, Kevin Martin, are on stage at All Things D. And in an instant, Mossberg is ON KEVIN'S ASS for the US's slow, expensive broadband! "You're the chairman of the FCC, how did you allow this to happen?"
Referring to Microsoft's desire to use soon-to-be-opened broadcasting bandwidth for low-powered unlicensed wireless devices, Bill Gates argued that it will make for improved Wi-Fi, a term he appears to be using as simply non-regulated, subscription-free wireless. He said:Bill's opponents see this not as an…