Etc: As News Corp. Turns – Beltway Blues – Satellite Broadband Protests
As News Corp. Turns
: More fun with those good folks from News Corp.
as employees of two small town newspapers owned by Roger
and Elizabeth Ailes
are in revolt after learning they've been spied on by News Corp.
security. (Maybe their cell phones got tapped too, a la
News Corp's News of the World
scandal in London?) Don't miss this drama filled story as reported by Gawker here
: The NCTA
, again, says some RUS
broadband projects are being built in areas already served. --- Google
says the FCC
takes too long to make decisions.
: DISH Network
want the FCC
to give more thought to satellite broadband as a part of a broadband-oriented universal service program. Noted the group, "Contrary to assumptions in the NPRM and the National Broadband Plan, capacity limitations provide no basis to exclude satellite broadband providers from direct participation in Phase I of the Connect America Fund (“CAF”) or for limiting participation in Phase II." Here's hoping they listen. --- Satellite rocker Harry Thibedeau
is headed back to Kourou for the rescheduled launch of the Yahsat
-1A and Intelsat
Dawn satellites via Ariane 5. Launch is scheduled for around 5:30 ET
on Friday with Harry doing the English webcast. You can find it here
. --- NASA
has awarded contracts to four companies to help the nation move forward in space. The companies and their awards are: Blue Origin
($22M); Sierra Nevada
($80M); Space Exploration Technologies
(aka SpaceX - $75M); and Boeing
Commissioner Michael Copps
' chief of staff John Guisti
will leave the Commission to serve as head of spectrum for GSMA
, a global trade association of mobile operators. He'll be replaced by Mark Stone
, who has been with the Commission since 1994.Letter to the Editor
: In response to our comments on the latest DISH rumor:
Realizing that Charlie Ergen
does nothing unless he can make a profit, or so goes his public persona, I believe Ergen may sell if the price was right.
In business, everything is for sale, well almost, to the right entity with the right amount of money.
I also know that Ergen has a very large ego. That ego may be dented if he does indeed sell Dish Network
So there ya have it. My $0.02Ken Young
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