FCC Chairman Wheeler Continues Push for E-Rate Modernization, Targets ‘Rural Fiber Gap’

Broadband's Impact, Education, FCC, Fiber September 29th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency was committed to modernizing the E-rate program. He made the statement  in remarks at the 2014 Educational Technology Summit here. Schools and libraries participating in the FCC’s E-rate program must pay the best rates available for high-speed connectivity. He said the FCC’s recent […]

An Active Debate Over Whether Wireless Broadband Must Also Play Under Net Neutrality Rules

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality, Wireless September 29th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – Whether or not mobile Internet providers will be subject to the same net neutrality rules as wired broadband providers has become an increasingly prominent factor in the current debate over net neutrality rules. The proposal laid out by the Federal Communications Commission in May would only be applicable to wired […]

Broadband Roundup: Incumbents Defend Data Caps, Cite Competition, and Plan Gigabit Service

Broadband Roundup, Gigabit Networks, Media ownership, Net Neutrality September 24th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2014 –Verizon Communications and AT&T are urging the Federal Communications Commission to include the use of data caps in the agency’s definition of broadband. Including usage-based pricing in its definition is important because companies that use universal service funds to build networks in rural areas must accept the standards laid out in […]

Connecticut Gigabit Venture Seeks to Build Open Access Broadband Network With Municipal Tools

Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks September 23rd, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 23, 2014 – Connecticut officials planning a Gigabit Network in their state aim to take advantage of three core state broadband assets: An extensive state fiber network, streamlined processes governing rights-of-way, and a single administrative point of contact for infrastructure builds. The mayors and state officials involved in issuing Connecticut’s Request for […]

Broadband Roundup: FTC a Loser Under Title II, Rural Gigabit Projects, and Wireless Sponsored Data

FCC, Fiber, Net Neutrality, Wireless September 23rd, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 23, 2014 – In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission noted that some of its regulatory authority would be lost if the FCC decided to regulate broadband as a public utility. The FTC protects the privacy and security of consumer data by imposing obligations on broadband service providers […]

Broadband Roundup: Tech Companies Supporting Muni Broadband, and a Caution on Public Utility Regulation

Broadband Roundup, Minority, Net Neutrality, Wireless September 22nd, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2014 – The Internet Association asked the Federal Communications Commission to carefully consider blocking state laws that inhibit municipalities from enlarging their government run Internet networks, The Hill reported. The association, while abstaining from directly asking the federal government to strike down laws in Tennessee and North Carolina, did say that the […]

Three Woman in Communications Policy Highlight Citizen Participation, Activism and Engagement for Broadband

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Net Neutrality September 22nd, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 22, 2014 – Three of the most prominent women in communications policy on Thursday highlighted the vital role of citizen participation, activism and corporate engagement to ensure a collective high-speed broadband future. “The next six to eight months are perhaps going to be the most important months in the history of communications […]

Critics and Supporters of Net Neutrality Trade Claims at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

FCC, Net Neutrality September 21st, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 21, 2014 – At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, critics of net neutrality warned against the negative impacts of internet regulation while supporters of net neutrality said that practices by major communications demonstrated the need for such protections. Both former Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell and economist Jeffrey Eisenach said that […]

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Title II Reclassification of Broadband On The Table

Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality, Universal Service September 18th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 – During a House Small Business Committee meeting on Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler comfortably discoursed on his years as a small business owner. The hearing covered topics including broadband’s impact on small businesses, that lack of rural broadband competition and network neutrality. The FCC “will continue to orient […]

Broadband for America and Telecommunications Industry Association Reiterates Opposition to Public Utility Regulation

FCC, Net Neutrality September 18th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 – The pro-business advocacy group Broadband for America reinforced its opposition to public utility regulation of broadband providers during a Monday teleconference on net neutrality. Instead, the group said that they support efforts to use Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as a separate way to enforce open internet […]

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