Posted on 01 May 2012
More action involving the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA):
At its meeting last Friday, the FCC Commissioners took a first step in the process to make TV band spectrum available for new uses by permitting multiple TV stations to share spectrum. Under this approach, which WISPA supported, under a channel sharing agreement between TV stations, TV stations may voluntarily share a single six megahertz channel as part of the incentive auction process.
TV stations must continue to transmit at least one standard definition stream over-the-air at no charge and will still be licensed separately (and with all of the regulatory obligations that goes with that). Only full power and Class A commercial and non-commercial TV stations are eligible — LPTV and TV translator stations cannot participate. The Commission stated that TV stations would be required to continue to cover its principal community of license, but deferred to a separate proceeding issues related to loss of coverage (i.e., relocation of transmit site, propagation changes resulting from channel change).
Here is a link to the full text of the FCC’s decision:
Here is a link to WISPA’s Comments:
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021034789 Source: Email from Tim Maylone
I asked Tim, “What is the benefit to consumers?” Here is his reply:
The main benefit is available spectrum. The more freely available spectrum the more options there are for providers to meet the demand
Posted on 01 May 2012
An Australian billionaire said Monday he’ll build a high-tech replica of the Titanic at a Chinese shipyard and its maiden voyage in late 2016 will be from England to New York, just like its namesake planned.
Weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the original Titanic, Clive Palmer announced Monday he has signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the Titanic II. USA Today
Why this is a bad idea:
- It’s unthinkable.
- Passengers will cavort in old cars in the hold.
- Fainting occurs during drinks when the waiter inquires, “Do you want ice with that?”
- Lines will form at the bow for King of the World bravado.
- The North Atlantic is still very very cold, in spite of global warming.
- And seriously: This money could be better spent elsewhere.
But, in spite of my misgivings, it’s likely that hearts will go on.
Posted on 01 May 2012
One in four U.S. workers — or nearly 40 million people — earn a salary below the federal poverty line of $23,000 for a family of four.* Who are they, where are they, and how does their education differ from the rest of the country? A wonderful new paper from the Economic Policy Institute explains it all. The Atlantic
“The future of work” Economic Policy Institute
Key findings from EPI include:
- Female, young, and minority workers are overrepresented in the ranks of low-wage workers, when “low-wage” is defined as below the wage that a full-time, full-year worker would have to earn to live above the federally defined poverty threshold for a family of four. (In 2011, this was $23,005 per year, or $11.06 when adjusted to hourly wages.)
- In 2011, only 31.5 percent of low-wage workers lived in households with a family income greater than $50,000, indicating that low-wage workers are not predominately teenagers living with their parents or adults with low-paying jobs living with a higher-earning spouse.
- In 2010, Mississippi and Tennessee had the largest share of workers earning wages that put them at or under the official poverty threshold for a family of four, at 33.7 percent and 32.8 percent, respectively. The District of Columbia and Alaska had the smallest share of workers in this category, at 11.6 percent and 17.5 percent, respectively.
- In 2010, food preparation and serving related occupations had the largest share of workers earning a wage at or below the poverty level (73.6 percent, or almost three-fourths).
- An analysis of the education and training levels projected to be necessary for the labor force of 2020 shows that jobs will not require a significantly greater level of education or training than workers currently possess. Therefore, a simple increase in the share of workers with a college degree will not ensure that tomorrow’s economy generates better and more equitable outcomes than today’s economy.
- Workers of the future, particularly low-wage workers, will only experience rising living standards if the policy status quo is replaced by more-progressive tax and transfer policies, increases in the real value of the minimum wage, a reversal of falling unionization rates, an expansion (and definitely not a retrenchment) of publicly financed social insurance programs, and, crucially, a real commitment to full employment.
Note that, in this study, Michigan is not one of the 10 listed states with the highest amount of working poor.