ABSTRUSITY– The failure to do a spectrum use inventory is one of the most egregious shortcomings of the National Broadband Plan, and may even threaten to derail it in the long run, as large corporations are allowed to sit on undeveloped spectrum even as they whine for more. The upshot of the NBP—a marketing strategy for establishing one man’s legacy as much as anything else—is that it will further consolidate power among the most powerful communications companies in the country.
What about network neutrality, one might ask. Doesn’t the FCC’s codification of network neutrality rules run counter to the power consolidation thesis? [Read More…]