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February 2009

Wireless

Out of the DTV Hot Seat, Baker is Proud of NTIA Tenure

WASHINGTON, February 26, 2009 - Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce Meredith Atwell Baker, who spent much of 2008 as the public face of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's digital television coupon program, didn't express regrets about her tenure in spite of Congress' decision to delay the DTV transition. Keep Reading

Wireless

Low Power Broadcasters Highlight Diversity in Call for Cable Carriage; Lawmakers Praise Local Focus

WASHINGTON, February 24, 2009 - As Congress examines renewing legislation that mandates satellite carriage of over-the-air broadcasts, owners of low power television stations say record levels of cable and satellite subscribership necessitate their inclusion in any retransmission consent regime to promote public safety, ensure a supply of local programming and promote ownership diversity. Keep Reading

Net Neutrality

In Possible Network Neutrality Prelude, DeMint to Demand 'Up or Down' Vote on Fairness Doctrine

WASHINGTON, February 20, 2009 - In what could potentially be an opening salvo in a renewed congressional battle over network neutrality, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., wants to use a parliamentary tactic to force his Democratic colleagues to vote on whether the Federal Communications Commission should be stripped of the power to re-impose the Fairness Doctrine on broadcast radio. Keep Reading

Universal Service

Resolution on FCC Reform Divides NARUC Committee; Universal Service Fund Changes Less Controversial

WASHINGTON, February 15, 2009 – State regulatory commissioners are split on how strongly to express longstanding grievances with Federal Communications Commission processes. A resolution on reform of FCC management and practices dominated the agenda as the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners continued its winter meeting Sunday. Keep Reading

Broadband TV

Broadband TV: Temple Law Professor David Post

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2009 - Watch David Post, author of In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace speak with Andrew Feinberg of BroadbandCensus.com about his new book and how Thomas Jefferson might feel about the significance and importance of increased broadband penetration. Keep Reading

Broadband Calendar

Next Breakfast Club: The Role of Wireless Frequencies in Widespread Broadband Deployment

WASHINGTON, January 28, 2009 – With broadband-related funding a key part of discussion about the fiscal stimulus legislation currently being considered in Congress, four top officials from companies with an interest in the wireless space will assemble at the Broadband Breakfast Club on February 10 to discuss the role that electromagnetic frequencies can play in forging universal broadband deployment. Keep Reading

Documents

NCTA & Free Press Letter to Senate on Broadband Stimulus Discussion

WASHINGTON, February 4, 2009 - The top cable industry lobbyist and the policy director of a non-profit advocacy organization on Wednesday urged the Senate to target broadband funds toward the "construction of robust facilities in unserved areas. The broader objective should be to use scarce resources judiciously to maximize and modernize the reach of our network infrastructure." Keep Reading

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