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The COOK Report for February 2018 Introduction

On January 18 2018 the Cook Report interviewed two members of the arch econ list. one an old hand the other Isfandiyar Shaheen from Pakistan and a vc working in the wireless world at Facebook. We offer the following look at what we believe is a very  informative overview of a rapidly changing world of the technology and economics of IP networks. Cook: The first question I have for Isfandayar is how did you get involved  with wire-less?

Shaheen:  I was managing a private equity firm in Pakistan in 2014 -15 and at that time I was thinking about the problem of how to minimize food wastage in Pakistan. For context, one fourth of Pakistan's GDP comes from agriculture. Almost half the labor force is employed by agriculture and about one-third of our agricultural produce goes to waste every year because of insufficient number of temperature controlled warehouses located around the country. So that was my starting point and I started thinking about where can I find a number of distributed assets that have access to power and are located around the country?

Click HERE for the full February  2018 PDF issue of The Cook Report

Smart Radios Enabling Shared Wireless Broadband

an Examination of the Implications of FCC Policy:  Wisps to Google, to the National “Carriers”
& Wells: Alternative Pathway in Kansas City (part 2)

We examine new FCC wireless rule makings with very positive implications for wisps and cellular bandwidth/  Here is our current situation” The Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted by the Commission on April 17, 2015 established a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service for shared wireless broadband use of the 3550-3700 MHz band (3.5 GHz Band). Rules governing the Citizens Broadband Radio Service are found in Part 96 of the Commission’s rules.

In an interview Fred Goldstein describes for us the ultimate maturation of the smart radio process that was discussed as early as 2006 -2007.  In this realm radios are now - at long last - able to make far more efficient use of available spectrum than heretofore possible. 

This issue continues our earlier report on the impact  of programs designed as an "alternative  path"  by William Wells.


And in Related News

We provide basic information from Rick Usher and Google about its 3.5 ghz broadband wireless trials in Kansas City.

From arch econ  - a brief discussion about - Who Controls the Turf in the Placement of Micro Wireless Facilities?  The context is  “Ohio General Assembly passes bill restricting the  right of municipalities to regulate pole placement of "micro-wireless facilities.”"

Matt Larsen offers a brief evaluation  of the 3.5 ghz spectrum.

From William Wells a progress report on his efforts to build and alternative path for education and job training in Kansas City.

And finally our Photo pdf bibliography of 171 “books” to date,

Executive Sumary and Contents of this issue are found here:

Read more: COOK Report for January - February 2017