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 […]

Broadband Roundup: Advocacy Groups Weigh in Pro-and-Con on Net Neutrality

FCC, Net Neutrality September 17th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 – A variety of developments on the battle regarding network neutrality: FreePress Tells FCC Title II Ensures Net Neutrality Protections The advocacy group Free Press blasted Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s efforts to use Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as the means to enough to ensure network […]

Important Resources for Broadband and Planning

Broadband Data September 16th, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 16, 2014 – Below are several links of interest to professionals involved in broadband planning: PLANNING RESOURCES “Partnership for a Connected Illinois and Internet Expansion in Illinois 1996 to 2011,” By Drew Clark and Layton Olson, Spring 2012, American Planning Association, Spring 2012, or APA Resource Page “Broadband Infrastructure: Should Local Government […]

Announcement and Support of Government Could Lead to First State-Wide Gigabit Network in Connecticut

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks September 16th, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn., September 16, 2014 – Connecticut state and city leaders on Monday announced a nationally-praised effort to build the first all-state Gigabit Network. The mayors of the state’s second- and fourth-largest cities, New Haven and Stamford, joined with state legislative leaders, the state’s Comptroller, and others to seek to create an “open access” fiber-optic […]

Expert Opinion: Telehealth Provides Antidote for ‘Help Wanted’ in Rural America

Expert Opinion, Health September 15th, 2014 by Tim Koxlien

Rural Americans are sicker, poorer and more likely to be uninsured than their urban counterparts. Vital human capital links in our nation’s information and healthcare supply chain are missing in rural America, and we need more skilled health care professionals in those communities. Telehealth capabilities offer an antidote to the rural health care conundrum by […]

Broadband Roundup: California Public Utilities Commission Delays Title II Regulation

Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality, Privacy September 15th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 – Set to pass a proposal enduring public utility regulation of broadband providers under Title II of the Communications Act, the California Public Utilities Commission instead put the proposal on hold, reported Multichannel News. The proposal endorsing Title II regulation was believed to have passed on a 3-2 vote on September […]

How Internet Companies Are Driving a Public Utility Regulation Approach to Net Neutrality

FCC, Net Neutrality September 12th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – In what would have seemed highly unlikely just a few months ago, growing support for public utility regulation is emerging. Tech companies, politicians, internet service providers, and component makers have started to outline their views regarding their policy approach to the issue of net neutrality. In order to understand the […]

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