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Two powerful Senators on either side of the aisle propose divestiture of 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz spectrum for AT&T/BellSouth merger to proceed: Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) and Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) say that there’s only negative reasons for the combined firm to maintain this bandwidth. By divesting, they ensure more competition. An excellent analysis of this issue was written back in April 2006 by communications attorney Mark Del Bianco for News.com.
The IEEE 802.20 group has new leadership: The IEEE will allow the group standardizing an alternative to WiMax (802.16) to continue work after a two-month suspension following alleged concerns over bias in the leadership. The 802.20 chair was accused of being a Qualcomm consultant without disclosing that fact; Qualcomm’s Flarion has technology that could be at the center of 802.20. A new chair and other offices will be elected. Nancy Gohring of IDG News Service notes that 802.20 was a mobility split-off from 802.16, where members didn’t want to apply mobility on top of a fixed standard.
A remote Brazilian island hooked up via WiMax gets telemedicine, Internet conectivity: Parintins, a city of 114,000 people, had only dial-up access before this. Intel’s chairman will visit the town for the lighting up of a WiMax link that will serve 11,500 students and community members.
The mobile WiMax-like technology has seen a, shall we say, slow start in its native land: South Korea’s operators have rolled out WiBro far ahead of similar technology in other nations. The service launched a year ago June, and KT Corp. has acquired 479 subscribers, while SK Telecom has a whopping 15. Coverage is limited to parts of Seoul, however. And there are no WiBro handsets, either. By contrast, 31,000 HSDPA phones have been sold. [link via TechDirt]