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New Report from Time Warner Cable's Research Program Addresses Unlicensed Spectrum Policy

Report Calls for Balanced Spectrum Policy Prioritizing Both More Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum Capacity to Meet Consumer Demand

Release Date: 10/09/2013

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) today announced the publication of a new research report that discusses the need to better address the effects that the growth of WiFi consumer demand is having on existing unlicensed spectrum allocations. The new report is the latest publication from Time Warner Cable’s Research Program on Digital Communications, which engages scholars to increase understanding of the benefits and challenges facing digital technologies in the home, office, classroom and community.

The report, authored by Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation, concludes that advancing a national goal of seamless and affordable mobile device connectivity will require an enormous increase in the availability of both licensed and unlicensed spectrum capacity.

Fernando Laguarda, director of the program and Vice President for External Affairs and Policy Counselor at Time Warner Cable, said, “Time Warner Cable is a leader in deploying indoor and outdoor WiFi networks in metropolitan and surrounding areas to better serve our customers and their communities. This report helps explain the role of unlicensed spectrum in broadband markets and makes a case for balanced spectrum policy to address the growing demand for mobile, data-intensive applications. We look forward to learning from this work and making further contributions to the communications and technology policy debate.”

Launched in February 2010, the TWC Research Program has made 26 awards to 33 leading researchers to encourage dialogue and debate on important topics in the digital communications arena. The next deadline for stipend applications is November 1, 2013. Today’s report, as well as previously released reports, can be downloaded for free at http://www.twcresearchprogram.com.

The views expressed in the report are those of the author and not necessarily those of Time Warner Cable or the Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications.

About the Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications

The Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications awards stipends to foster research dedicated to increasing understanding of the benefits and challenges facing the future of digital technologies in the home, office, classroom and community. Individual researchers affiliated with universities and non-profits are eligible to apply for the stipends. The recently published essays and more information about the program can be found at www.twcresearchprogram.com and www.twitter.com/twc_rp (@TWC_RP). The deadline for the next round of awards is November 1, 2013.

 

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