Archive for July, 2008

Combatants in Net Neutrality Fight Take Aim at Each Other, FCC Chief and Comcast

Net Neutrality July 31st, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 31 – Combatants on the subject of Net Neutrality debate took aim at each other on Thursday, with House Minority Leader John Boehner blasting FCC Chairman Kevin Martin in advance of a Federal Communications Commission meeting on Friday.

To Make Government More Transparent, 'Embarrass' Federal Agencies

Broadband's Impact July 31st, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 31 – Part of the job of Congress is to “embarrass” federal agencies whose projects are often late and over budget, the chairman of a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee said Thursday.

Broadband Adoption and Not Availability is Key Challenge, Says One Economy

Broadband's Impact July 31st, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 31 – Although broadband is largely available in low-income communities in the United States, many of the poor do not see a reason to subscribe, the vice president of the non-profit One Economy Corporation said Wednesday.

Telecommuting Creates High Risk of Data Breaches, Says Privacy Group

Broadband's Impact July 30th, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 30 – Companies allowing their employees to telecommute from home, or even on the road at hotels and coffee shops, are undertaking heavy risks of data breaches, according to a report issued Tuesday by the privacy group Center for Democracy and Technology.

Democratic Party Debate Over Net Neutrality Over, Advocates Declare

Net Neutrality July 29th, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 29 – In lining up the support of all major Democratic challengers running for Senate this fall, advocates for Net Neutrality said that this complicated issue of telecom politics has now become a partisan issue in November’s general election.

OECD Broadband Ranking System Needs Restructuring, Says Think Tank

Broadband Data July 29th, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 29 – Basing telecommunications policy around the faulty ranking system of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development would lead to an “ill-defined national broadband strategy,” officials from the Phoenix Center think tank said Monday.

How to Achieve Open and Public Broadband Mapping

Expert Opinion July 28th, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 28 – Confused about how to put the “public” back into “public-private partnership”? How about making the data public, just as the government of Ireland has done with its “Broadband Information” web site!

Telecom and Transportation Should Be Focus of Infrastructure Investments, Says Think Tank

Broadband Stimulus July 28th, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 28 – By combining better public information, market mechanisms and smarter systems of subsidization, the government can play a positive role in funding infrastructure investments in telecommunications, according to three reports released Friday by the Brookings Institution.

Transcript of Gov. Kaine's Response to Question of Including Carrier Data in Virginia's Broadband Map

Broadband Stimulus July 28th, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 28 – The following is a transcript of Gov. Tim Kaine’s response to a question at the Brookings Institution about whether Virginia had decided to shield carrier data – and if so, why – from the map of broadband availability currently being pursued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Difficulty of Porting Telephone Numbers from Carriers Highlighted in House Hearing

Broadband's Impact July 23rd, 2008

WASHINGTON, July 22 – A Tuesday House subcommittee hearing on competition in the telecommunications industry focused on the ability of consumers to switch, or “port,” their telephone numbers from one carrier to another in a timely fashion.

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