Last Thursday, Sascha Meinrath, Director of the New
America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative presented on the FCC Broadband Workshop on Technology and
Wireless. The lone public interest voice
on a panel dominated corporate representative, Mr. Meinrath argued:
of fostering interconnectivity of networks and interoperability of devices, the
forces of command-and-control seek new ways to capture market share and
generate path dependencies to limit customer churn." Mr. Meinrath added that these companies are
focused not on building next-generation networks but instead "maximize billable
moments--commoditizing every new space and function possible."
the concern that too few other public interest representatives were invited to
participate, Mr. Meinrath expressed the need for transitions to next generation
networks to include a diversity of voices:
from Congress, from private industry, and from the public interest sector is
desperately needed to ensure that these necessary transitions are graceful
instead of unmanageable and liberatory instead of harmful."
Meinrath also challenged that the "onus lies with the FCC to ensure that the
future of wireless communications lives up to its democratic potential."
Mr. Meinrath's testimony is available at: http://www.newamerica.net/publications/resources/2009/prepared_testimony_fcc_wireless_technology_workshop
A video is available courtesy of the FCC at: http://www.broadband.gov/ws_tech_wireless.html
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About the Open Technology Initiative
Foundation's Open Technology Initiative formulates policy and regulatory
reforms to support open architectures and open source innovations and
facilitates the development and implementation of open technologies and
communications networks. For more information, visit, http://www.newamerica.net/programs/oti.
About the New America Foundation
The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy
institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the
next generation of challenges facing the United States.