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TV White Spaces
Microsoft and the Alliance for Affordable Internet work to drive down broadband costs, enable universal access
Posted by Paul Garnett Director, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Technology is playing an increasingly critical role in overcoming barriers for social and economic development around the world, for a diverse range of applications in education, healthcare, business, delivery of government services...
7 Oct 2013
Microsoft teams with university researchers to improve TV white spaces wireless technology
Posted by Ranveer Chandra Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research On Sunday, Microsoft Research published a new paper in partnership with The Chinese University of Hong Kong proposing a new system for improving indoor use of wireless technologies in cities. Radio frequency spectrum, the airwaves...
30 Sep 2013
Bringing Low-Cost, Off-the-Grid Broadband Access to Rural Kenya
Posted by Paul Garnett , Director, Technology Policy Group and Louis Otieno , Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, Africa Initiatives, Microsoft. Despite our increasingly interconnected world, many people are still unable to access the benefits provided by technology. In Kenya, only 2% of Kenyans...
5 Feb 2013
TV White Spaces Spectrum: An Update from Singapore
Posted by Paul Mitchell Senior Director, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Earlier this year, the Singapore White Spaces Pilot Group (SWSPG) launched a significant pilot of wireless broadband using TV White Spaces (TVWS) . As part of the momentum of this pilot, the SWSPG convened a one day workshop...
12 Oct 2012
The Week in Tech Policy: Oct. 8th Edition – The Debate on Cybersecurity, Warrantless Mobile Device Tracking & More
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on the continuing debates around cybersecurity, warrantless tracking of Americans’ mobile devices and more. Debate on cybersecurity continues. Gen. Keith Alexander, the head...
8 Oct 2012
The Week in Tech Policy: Sept. 10th Edition
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on a new Pew Center study focused on mobile app privacy, the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to measure mobile broadband speeds and more. Pew Center study: app users...
10 Sep 2012
The Week in Tech Policy – Aug. 27th Edition
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on the Federal Communications Commission’s new broadband progress report, wireless spectrum and California’s new Location Privacy Act. Federal Communications Commission...
27 Aug 2012
The Week in Tech Policy – July 30th Edition
Posted by Jeff Meisner Editor, Microsoft on the Issues In this edition of The Week in Tech Policy, we have stories on the online sales tax debate, online education, wireless spectrum and more. Reshaping online education. In this July 20 post on his Taking Note blog , veteran NPR and PBS education...
30 Jul 2012
Broadband White Spaces – Ready to Go Global
Posted by Dan Reed Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Around the world, the demand for broadband is booming. This presents great opportunities, but also some challenges. Broadband fuels economic growth and enriches peoples’ lives, but unprecedented traffic levels mean...
25 Apr 2012
Google: Please Don’t Kill Video on the Web
Posted by Dave Heiner Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards & Antitrust Group, Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola Mobility and Google. We have taken this step because Motorola...
22 Feb 2012
Unlicensed TV Band Spectrum: Creating a Nimble Framework for Our Economic Future
Posted by Dan Reed Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft All of us have experienced the “spectrum crunch” when using our wireless devices. Dropped voice calls and slow data transfers are symptoms. The crunch is a consequence of both rising demand and spectrum management...
17 Feb 2012
Managing Our “Beachfront” Spectrum for the Public Good
Posted by Paul Garnett Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft Summertime often conjures up memories of days spent at the beach – waves crashing, sand castles, beach balls, surfing, swimming and ice cream. For the vast majority of Americans, that time is spent at a public beach – places...
15 Jul 2011
Microsoft Shares Source Code for Wi-Fi Data Collection Software
Posted by Reid Kuhn Partner Group Program Manager, Windows Phone Engineering Team, Microsoft There continues to be a high level of public interest in how and why companies collect Wi-Fi access point information. Windows Phone division president Andy Lees recently talked about the privacy principles...
1 Jul 2011
Microsoft Joins the FCC to Discuss Location-based Services and Privacy
Posted by Brendon Lynch Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Today, I am representing Microsoft in a Location Based Services Forum hosted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to discuss how consumers can harness the potential of location-based services while still protecting their privacy. Location...
28 Jun 2011
Commitment to consumer privacy in Windows Phone 7
Posted by Andy Lees President, Mobile Communications Business, Microsoft Many consumers and policymakers are asking important questions about how today’s phones are collecting and using information about a phone user’s location. The discussion has intensified over the past few weeks when...
10 May 2011
Incentive Auctions, Smart Radio Technology and Unlicensed Spectrum – Tools to Meet the Exploding Wireless Broadband Demand
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Posted by Fred Humphries Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft There is little dispute about the rapidly growing demand for wireless broadband connectivity and the strain it places on wireless networks. Policymakers can help to find more spectrum to enable the many devices consumers use...
29 Apr 2011
Striking the Right Balance is Crucial to Enabling Broadband in the TV White Spaces
Posted by Paula Boyd Regulatory Affairs Counsel In 2004, the Federal Communications Commission proposed rules to allow anyone to use the vacant channels in the television band, the so called “ TV white spaces ”, for wireless broadband. Given the promise of greater broadband Internet access...
22 Sep 2010
Gov 2.0: Reflections on Spectrum Allocation Policy
Posted by Dan Reed Corporate Vice President, Technology Strategy and Policy A few weeks ago, Tim O’Reilly asked me if I would deliver a thought-provoking presentation on cognitive radio technologies and spectrum allocation policy at this year’s Gov 2.0 Summit . In this post, I’d...
8 Sep 2010
Unlicensed Spectrum a Boon to the Economy
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Posted by Anoop Gupta Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy & Strategy As consumers increasingly ask for mobile access to content and information wherever they are, sensible public policy regarding the allocation and efficient use of wireless spectrum is critical to ensuring that people...
22 Sep 2009
Moving a National Broadband Plan Forward
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Posted by Anoop Gupta Corporate Vice President -- Technology Policy & Strategy Steve Ballmer joined CEOs John Chambers of Cisco, Stephen Hemsley of UnitedHealth Group, and Jeffrey Immelt of GE in a videoconference with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski earlier...
10 Sep 2009
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