Resource Economics. Lecture 9 April 10, 2019
Lecture 9: The Last Mile 1. Last Mile Problem. 2. Mobile and Fixed Broadband 3. Rural Last Mile 4. History of Communications Regulations 5. Captive Audience: Telecom & the Last Mile. 6. Solving The Last Mile Problem. 7. Google’s FiberWarfare. 8. Over theTop Streaming Services. 9. Wu’s Separations Principal. 10. Wu and the History of AT&T.
The Internet’s Last Mile Source: *
The Last Mile Fixed and Mobile broadband services provide consumers with access to the public Internet. Each type of service offers different attributes and functionalities.
Mobile Broadband Service Mobile Broadband = Wireless Service Wireless services offer consumers mobility by providing access to the Internet while at a variety of locations and while traveling. Source: FCC, 2016 Broadband Progress Report, - research/reports/broadband-progress-reports
Mobile Broadband Service: Slower Speed Mobile data transmission are subject to environmental factors that degrade the speed of data. Data intensive activities, such as, telecommuting or high quality media experiences are generally inappropriate for mobile devices. Source: FCC, 2016 Broadband Progress Report, - research/reports/broadband-progress-reports
Mobile Broadband 4G Source: FCC Fact Sheet, Twentieth Mobile Wireless Competition Report, 2016.
US Mobile Broadband ISPs **
Spectrum Holdings by Mobile Broadband ISPs Source: FCC Fact Sheet, Twentieth Mobile Wireless Competition Report, 2016.
Increasing Spectrum Capacity According to the WSJ (Ante, S.,4/4/11), the wireless ISPs could double the amount of capacity they supply with existing spectrum by investing in more wireless equipment on existing cell towers.
Spectrum Deficit or Deficit in Spectrum Capacity? Factors Affecting Spectrum Capacity: 1. The Number of Cell Towers 2. Equipment on Cell Towers. 3. Quantity of Spectrum Available. ◦ Non-Federal (FCC) Allocation Policy. ◦ Federal (NTIS) Allocation Policy. ◦ Spectrum Sharing Policy
Increasing Spectrum Capacity: Releasing Broadcast Spectrum for Wireless Use FCC has been freeing up spectrum and has plans underway for future releases of spectrum. Source: - auction-could-extend-fy-2017/155238
Increasing Spectrum Capacity: Releasing Federal Spectrum for Wireless Use A White House report on Federal spectrum policy found “today’s apparent shortage of spectrum is in fact an illusion brought about because of the way spectrum is managed” (Executive Office of the White House, July 2012, p.vi). This report advocates for the Federal government to share it’s spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band now used by radar systems. The radar systems could share the spectrum with other wireless services using small cells.
- Winter '20
- Communications, Wi-Fi, Internet service provider, Broadband Internet access