Archive for February, 2009

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

Wireless February 27th, 2009

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.

Community Radio Movement gets Boost as LPFM Bill is Reintroduced in House

Wireless February 26th, 2009

WASHINGTON, February 26, 2009 – Members of Congress, public interest advocates and community organizations applauded the reintroduction of legislation to authorize a new wave of low power FM radio licenses during a Wednesday conference call organized by public advocacy group Free Press.

Cable, Satellite Execs Spar with Broadcasters on Retransmission Consent

Wireless February 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2009 – House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said it is important that Congress pass a bill preserving satellite viewers’ access to broadcast television. But new technology could make other compulsory licenses for broadcast programming obsolete.

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

Wireless February 24th, 2009

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.

CTIA, Public Safety Groups Urge FCC Action on 'Harmful' Auxiliary Devices

Wireless February 24th, 2009

WASHINGTON, February 24, 2009 – A trade association representing major U.S. wireless service providers on Monday sought to bar the sale or operation of low power wireless devices in the 700 Megahertz (MHz) band being vacated by analog television stations.

Broadband TV: CDT's Brock Meeks Talks Transparency

Broadband TV February 22nd, 2009

WASHINGTON, February 20, 2009 – Watch Brock Meeks, Director of Communications at the Center for Democracy and Technology, speak with Andrew Feinberg of BroadbandCensus.com about his the role of transparency in the administration of President Barack Obama.

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

Net Neutrality February 20th, 2009

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.

Universal Service Fund Expansion Pilot Approved by State Commissioners

Universal Service February 19th, 2009

WASHINGTON, February 19, 2009 – State utility commissioners approved a resolution endorsing a Federal Communications Commission proposal to expand Lifeline and Link Up telephone subsidization programs to offer broadband service for low income consumers.

Telecom Experts and State Regulators Ponder FCC Reform Agenda

FCC, National Broadband Plan February 19th, 2009

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2009 – The day after the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners approved a resolution calling for reform of the Federal Communications commission, a panel of former agency staffers, commissioners and state regulators debate Wednesday over what areas truly needed reform and how to achieve it.

Should the Data in Broadband Maps Be Transparent and Public?

Expert Opinion February 18th, 2009

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2009 – Art Brodsky, communications director at Public Knowledge, has just posted a second piece about Connected Nation. For more than a year, BroadbandCensus.com has been presenting an alternative to the proprietary-information model of Connected Nation.

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