Posts Tagged ‘federal communications commission’

Who Supports the T-Mobile AT&T Merger? Almost Everybody in Silicon Valley! Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle…

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Michael J de la Merced has all the deets about how everybody”s telling the FCC how great AT&T-Mobile would be.

How could this marriage go wrong with so many supporters (like AVAYA, Brocade, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, RIM, Yahoo)?

Will Sprint and Verizon be the only ones to object? Will Steve Jobs and Apple weigh in at some point?  

Anyway, read below for what popped up my inbox this AM.

1)      AVAYA, Brocade, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, RIM, Yahoo!: “The challenge of keeping pace with consumer demand and continuing to lead globally in wireless broadband services and products requires that we tackle the issue on multiple fronts. Many policy related efforts will not be able to quickly address near term capacity needs. The  FCC must seriously weigh the benefits of this merger and approve it. Such action will help to meet the near term wireless broadband needs of consumers and ensure that we are globally competitive as the world increasingly embraces wireless broadband connectivity.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686027

2)      Sequoia Capital: “From the microchip to the mainframe to the PC to the Internet to mobile computing, venture capital have been an integral part of an economic model that has stimulated growth time-and-time again. The technology start-ups we work with will be a key beneficiary of this more efficient and robust national wireless network. We are in favor of the Commission approving this transaction.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686028

3)      Joint Venture Capitalist Letter (Charles River Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures, Matrix Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Radar Partners, Lightspeed Ventures): “Many of the fast-growing companies we invest in are technology firms that would benefit greatly from the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile, a merger that will drive job growth, innovation and economic opportunity through a more efficient and robust national wireless network…By combining the physical infrastructure and spectrum positions of the two companies, the merged entity will be able to accomplish what neither firm can do on its own: namely, deploying a 4G LTE broadband infrastructure to more than 97% of the United States population…This merger represents a critical part of the solution to our spectrum crisis in the United States.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686024

4)      Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers: “This commitment would help millions of Americans throughout the United States gain access to a network that can support innovative technologies, applications and devices….We are in favor of the Commission approving this transaction”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686025

5)      Information Technology Industry Council (ITI): “Unfortunately, even if Congress were to act today, consumers would not experience the benefits of making new spectrum available for at least five years. Which is why a combined AT&T/T-Mobile has some real appeal for many. The new entity would likely result in meaningful near and long-term improvements to the nation’s networks…The Internet, and Americans’ ability to access it from almost anywhere, has been one of the greatest drivers of our economy. Supporting initiatives that will increase infrastructure investment and enable even greater access to the Internet whether it’s over a wired or wireless connection is smart public policy, smart economic policy, and smart consumer policy. Our nation needs more spectrum, more investment, and broader adoption and accessibility.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021685985

Hundreds of Protesters Show at USF for the “Why We Just Shut Down KUSF” Meeting – Scores of Cops Milling About

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Here’s a taste of the action at the packed Presentation Theatre on Turk Street tonight where hundreds of KUSF-FM supporters are finding out all about the recent shutdown.

Reyhan Harmanci is doing the play-by-play right now.

Here’s USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., laying down the law, Jesuit-style: “We run a nursing school, but not a hospital…” You see where that one’s going, right?

And the po-po, they everywhere. It must have been all-hands for the USF Public Safety Department. (Man, they sure looked like cops, couldn’t see if they had handguns.) Well, if they’re not cops they do a pretty good impersonation and then I guess I’ll have to say that it was closer to one (1) score of cops on the scene. Still, way, way overstaffed, IMO.

Across the street on Tamalpais, where Nil’s Linke’s drunk driver got arrested not too long ago:

Anyway, here’s Steve Rhodes covering the action, as you might expect he would.

Looks like this one’s off to the Federal Communications Commission…

Chased Out of North Beach, Survivor Winner Yul Kwon is Off to DC to Work for the FCC

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Remember bay area local Yul Kwon? After he won a million bucks on the CBS reality-show Survivor back in aught-six and then became the Grand Marshall of the New Year’s Parade, his dream was to open a Red Mango frozen yogurt shop on Columbus in North Beach.

‘Cause the man is just crazy for frogurt. See?

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Good times.

But then the City and County of San Francisco, after initially saying yes to the idea, said no. No, no, no!

Dude was bummed:

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So bummed that he took his idea to the East Bay. (And somehow, Contra Costa Times reporter George Avalos felt that a new yogurt shop had something to do with the Walnut Creek being like Rodeo Drive - can you imagine?)

Anyway, it’s all turning around for Y.K. Turns out he went to Stanfoo and Yale (an experience he considered “depressing” – oh well) and he’ a lawyer ‘n stuff, so the Federal Communications Commission just appointed him Deputy Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

The CGAB “develops and implements the Commission’s consumer policies, including disability access” and “serve[s] as the public face of the Commission through outreach and education, as well as through our Consumer Center, which is responsible for responding to consumer inquiries and complaints.”

So Yul Kwon is the “public face” of the FCC? Sort of. Yes. He’ll soon be working with “iPhone-Smashing” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Can you imagine?

A local boy makes good.

Will this be the last we in the bay area hear about Yul? Oh no - he’s on his way to elected office, it would appear.

Bon courage, Yul!

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Mr. Kwon’s diverse career spans across law, technology, business, and media. His government experience includes lecturing at the FBI Academy, drafting science and technology legislation as an aide to Senator Joseph Lieberman, and clerking for Judge Barrington D. Parker on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. In the business and technology sector, Mr. Kwon has held positions at McKinsey & Company, Google, and the Trium Group. He also practiced law as an attorney at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis and at Venture Law Group. In 2006, Mr. Kwon became the first Asian American to win the CBS reality show, Survivor. His subsequent media activities include working as a special correspondent for CNN and as a co-host for the Discovery Channel. Mr. Kwon obtained his B.S. degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal.”