Broadband Roundup: White House and Wheeler Together, Cable Industry Group, and Commentary on NTIA Broadband Report

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Gigabit Networks, Net Neutrality, NTIA October 20th, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 20, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that he and President Barack Obama agree in their opposition to paid prioritization, Multichannel News reported. Obama stated his objection to the practice during his remarks at an innovation forum in California on October 9. Although the two haven’t discussed it directly, Wheeler […]

Drew Clark: Cities Crave Gigabit Networks, and Meet on Monday in California to Launch ‘Next Century Cities’

Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, The Innovation Economy October 17th, 2014 by Drew Clark

October 17, 2014 – Fiber-optic communication is increasingly being recognized as a new necessity of urban life, with momentum for cities to obtain Gigabit Networks enabled by fiber is growing every week. On Monday, October 20, a new group of cities — called Next Century Cities — launches a “city-to-city collaboration that supports community leaders […]

Cloud Immigrants, 3D Telepresence and Immersive Reality Chart New Era for Education and Health, Says Pew Report on Gigabit Apps

FCC October 16th, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 16, 2014 – Three-dimensional holograms, immersive virtual reality environments, instant face-to-face meetings that match physical meetings and inch closer to a real-life virtual hug.

These are among the technologies made available by Gigabit Networks, according to “Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age,” a report released last week by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project.

“What is striking about the answers in the report is that technologists are way ahead of current reality,” said Lee Rainie, the Director of the Internet Project, in an interview.

The report surveyed more than 1,400 experts from academia, tech firms and the industry about their thoughts on the report’s two titular topics: apps and connectivity in 2025.

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EXCLUSIVE: An Array of FCC Partners on ConnectED Program Strive for Digital Education

Education, FCC, Minority, NTIA October 13th, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 13, 2014 – As technology permeates society, students are growing more comfortable with learning in the technology medium. Whether it’s organizing tables in Microsoft’s Excel, learning design software, or computer programming, there are increasingly fewer excuses to avoid technology. Tech giants like Microsoft, Autodesk, Apple and Prezi are embracing this rapid evolution and […]

Hearkening Back to Civil Rights Era, Wheeler Discusses Role of Universal Internet Access

Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan October 10th, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said Tuesday that access to high-speed broadband is crucial to civic and economic participation in our society, his remarks at the 32nd annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture. This year’s lecture celebrated the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Parker’s petition to the […]

At Schools and Libraries Broadband Conference, Educators Lament Lack of Internet Funding

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Universal Service October 10th, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2014 –High-capacity internet and networked services are the future of education because they will provide instructors and students with the necessary connectivity and capacity for 21st century educational technologies, said the Indiana state director of Education Networks of America at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition conference here last week.

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Half of Offline Americans Live in Rural | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural

Broadband's Impact October 8th, 2014

Americans who don’t use the Internet have more than just their lack of digital communication in common. They are also more likely to be rural, elderly and poor. About 48% of the 50 million Americans who haven’t gone online in the last year live in nonmetro areas, according to a new report from McKinsey & […]

Press Release: Blair Levin Joins Brookings as a Nonresident Senior Fellow

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Gigabit Networks, National Broadband Plan, Press Releases October 7th, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 6, 2014 —Blair Levin, telecommunications expert and former Communications & Society Fellow at the Aspen Institute, has joined the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program as a nonresident senior fellow, Bruce Katz, Brookings vice president and Metropolitan Policy Program co-director announced today. Blair will join the Program’s Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, which is directed by […]

In Kansas City, few poor people, renters sign up for Google Fiber

Broadband's Impact October 7th, 2014

The promise behind Google’s ambitious Google Fiber project has always been a twofer. One, that people who were already on the Internet would upgrade to blazingly-fast 1-gigabit service that is a hundred times more robust than average U.S. broadband connections. And two, that people who weren’t already online would be attracted to the company’s slower but inexpensive service made […]

Broadband Roundup: A Spectrum Efficiency Challenge, Comcast Comments, Verizon Vexes Industry

FCC, Fiber, Mobile Broadband, Net Neutrality, Wireless October 7th, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 7, 2014 – Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and wireless industry pioneer Marty Cooper took to the opinion page of the San Jose Mercury News to offer their thoughts on the future of wireless spectrum. As they emphasized the importance and centrality of mobile devices and Internet access, the two highlighted the limited […]

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