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Cisco urges Californians to vote No on Prop 23

Californians know how to invest in the future. Believing in our collective ability to drive towards positive change, Cisco urges Californians to vote No on Prop 23.

For decades, California has led the way when it comes to addressing global warming in the US with a proven track record of not only achieving impressive results, but also stimulating investment in new businesses and technologies creating thousands of new jobs. From California’s imposition of stricter-than-federal tailpipe emissions regulations to its global leadership in increasing energy efficiency per unit of GDP growth, Californians know how to address societal challenges in ways that increase economic prosperity. By investing in the future, not living in the past, California can and should do both.

Doing both means that you we look at challenges as opportunities, you evaluate threats by thinking about them differently. Doing both rejects “zero sum” thinking in favor of collaborative decision-making. It is inherently optimistic, as I believe most Californians are. So when some assert that California can not afford to carry through on its climate commitments without losing jobs, I can’t help but ponder the possibilities of doing both.

On the ballot in November, Proposition 23 would roll-back California’s greenhouse gas law (AB 32), low-carbon fuel standard, and rules requiring utilities to source 33% of their electricity from renewables by 2020.
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A Mobile Broadband Day in Washington

Significant news today from the federal agencies whose job it is to find 500 MHz of radio spectrum needed for the booming mobile broadband market, 300 MHz of that needed in the next five years.

First, the National Information and Telecommunications Administration in the Department of Commerce announced that it would soon be releasing a report that will identify 115 MHz of spectrum available for commercial broadband in the next 5 years:  1675-1710 MHz and 3550-3650 MHz.   NTIA also said it would continue to examine 20 MHz of spectrum on both ends of the 4200-4400 MHz band for possible use, as well as potentially relocating federal users at 1755-1780 MHz.

Meanwhile, across town, the Federal Communications Commission hosted a day-long Spectrum Summit.  At that Summit, the FCC released the results of a new study:  “Mobile Broadband:  The Benefits of Additional Spectrum.”  I’m pleased that Cisco figures prominently in that study since the FCC used Cisco’s own Visual Networking Index demand data in evaluating the future demand curve for mobile broadband. The FCC’s study concludes that the demand growth will outpace both technology’s ability to become more efficient, and carriers’ ability to add more cell sites, so that by 2015, we’ll need 300 MHz of new spectrum to meet demand.   If anything, the FCC’s prediction may be very conservative.

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Measuring Broadband Penetration – By population, household or something else?

In working across different countries on their broadband strategies, inevitably the question arises of how does one best measure broadband penetration. Some countries have published figures of broadband based on a population (per capita) basis, while others have opted to adopt measures of broadband penetration by household. Why the difference of approach and what’s the significance of using one over the other?

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The Campaign for Spectrum

Four developments this past week illustrate the highs and lows in the difficult battle to migrate American airwaves into the service of wireless broadband, an objective that has been recognized by President Obama, the Federal Communications Commission, and just about everyone who matters inside the Washington beltway as a national imperative. 

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A New Kind of Spectrum Auction for the 21st Century

If the critical link between radio frequency spectrum availability and the future of the Internet isn’t apparent to you, take a look at what’s happening in Congress. Your representatives have introduced, or are circulating drafts, of nearly a dozen major bills that would have the effect of “re-purposing” radio spectrum.    Mobile broadband users, public safety, and possibly SmartGrid networks could be the beneficiaries of a massive transition of 20th century spectrum uses to 21st century ones.

While most of these bills are not likely to pass this year, they do lay down a marker for when a new Congress convenes in January. 

Today, the leadership of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Cliff Stearns ( R-FL ), joined forces to introduce a bill that would do one very important thing – give the FCC the authority to conduct a so-called “incentive auction.”  In the Senate, Senators Olympia Snowe(R-ME) and John Kerry (D-MA) introduced a broader bill that includes a similar provision.  What’s with incentive auctions?

Simply put, incentive auctions are a tremendous tool to help the FCC transition commercial spectrum from 20th century  uses to 21st century ones, and to do so on a basis that is entirely voluntary to the existing licensee.

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