Patent Fights Fuel US DTV’s Slide from World Stage

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The “FATT” is fighting back this week in comments filed at the US FCC against the “Coalition United To Terminate Financial Abuses of the Television Transition” (CUT FATT) proposal to address patent overreaching in the US DTV system. Filings from Valley View, Philips/LG Electronics, Funai, Thomson, ATSC, Harris, Zenith, MPEG LA, Philips/Qualcomm, and Retire Safe… Read more »

Wake-Up Call to US FCC: Argentina Looks to Follow Peru in Adopting Japanese-Brazilian Digital TV Standard

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What a telling and timely juxtaposition. On the day responses are due to the US FCC’s request for comments to the CUT FATT request for an official inquiry into patent overcharging in the US digital TV transition (the “ATSC standard”), Argentine President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, is reported to have confirmed that Argentina is about… Read more »

Carterfone is Not Enough: The Missing Broadband Policy Link

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Royalty-free standards, the very foundation of the Open Internet, are not even mentioned in the FCC’s 60-page Broadband Plan notice of inquiry. Surprising?  Not really. Bridging even first principles of the Internet era to the realities of telecommunications policy since 1934 is a high order challenge for communications policy scholars, regulators, and network practitioners. But… Read more »

Royalty-Free Brazil Java DTV Highlighted at JavaOne Conference

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Good to see prominent billing for “Java in Brazilian Java DTV” at the upcoming JavaOne conference. Second topic listed in the press release right after cloud computing! SANTA CLARA, Calif. April 13, 2009 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced the 2009 JavaOne conference schedule … Some of the accepted sessions include: Cloud Computing: Show… Read more »

Why Did the FCC Broadcast the Broadband Plan Kickoff in a Proprietary Format?

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Yesterday’s kickoff of the FCC’s Broadband Plan proceedings were broadcast over the Internet in a proprietary video format. Worse, it was likely converted from a standards-based format to a proprietary format before it was put on the Internet! (The tip-off is that the closed-captioning overlay was already composited in). Clearly, a proprietary broadband internet would… Read more »