Archive for January, 2009

'Building a Better Internet' in the Christian Science Monitor

Expert Opinion January 28th, 2009

WASHINGTON, January 28, 2009 – Drew Clark, Editor of BroadbandCensus.com, is quoted on the economic impact of the broadband stimulus legislation in this morning’s Christian Science Monitor.

Google Enters Free Speed Test Marketplace with Academic Collaboration

Broadband Data January 27th, 2009

WASHINGTON, January 27, 2009 – Search giant Google is preparing to enter the market for free broadband speed tests, through a collaboration with the university research consortium PlanetLab, and the New America Foundation.

Irish Government to Spend $362 Million on Broadband Infrastructure

Broadband Stimulus January 23rd, 2009

January 23, 2009 – The government of Ireland on Thursday announced a “National Broadband Scheme” to deliver broadband throughout the island nation, investing €223 million (U.S. $362 million) on high-speed internet infrastructure.

Prospect of Broadband Funds in Federal Legislation Stimulates Regional Planners

Expert Opinion January 22nd, 2009

January 22, 2009 – The Berkshire Eagle reports that Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is eager to get broadband funds in the stimulus legislation being considered on Capitol Hill.

Verizon and Free Press Agree that Remote Broadband Requires Monopolies

Broadband Stimulus January 22nd, 2009

January 22, 2009 – Verizon Communications and Free Press agreed that bringing high-speed internet technology to unserved areas of western Massachusetts may result in a monopoly, or a single local telecommunications provider.

Wall Street Journal on 'DIY' Network and Speed Tests

Expert Opinion January 19th, 2009

WASHINGTON, January 19, 2009 – The Wall Street Journal gave a little attention to a do-it-yourself network test, the “Switzerland” software suite of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I offered a comment and a link to the Broadband Census and speed test.

Massachusetts Governor Highlights Significance of Broadband in Federal Stimulus Legislation

States January 17th, 2009

January 17, 2009 – Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick highlighted the significance of broadband in his “State of the Commonwealth” address on Thursday, January 15. Jobs from extending broadband services was the first item mentioned in his list of the way that pending federal stimulus legislation could promote economic recovery in Massachusetts.

House Appropriations Committee Seeks $6 Billion for Broadband, Would Impose Speed Requirements Upon Most Grant Recipients

Broadband Stimulus January 16th, 2009

WASHINGTON, January 16, 2009 – The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday released draft legislation providing an additional $6 billion to expand broadband access, both in rural areas and in areas that are generally “underserved” by broadband providers.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Resigns, Expresses Regret About Public Safety Communications

FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless January 15th, 2009

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2009 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin on Thursday resigned from his position, effective Inauguration Day, and expressed the regret about the lack of interoperable communications networks for public safety officials.

Webcasts of Broadband Breakfast Club Now Available Online

Broadband Calendar January 15th, 2009

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2009 – Webcasts of the Broadband Breakfast Club, a discussion group on the key issues at the intersection of broadband technology and internet policy, are now available for purchase on the BroadbandCensus.com channel of TV Mainstream.

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