Archive for April, 2009

White House Announces Nomination of Mignon Clyburn to Democratic FCC Spot

FCC, National Broadband Plan April 30th, 2009

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2009 – The White House announced late Wednesday its intention to nominate South Carolina Public Service Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to the Federal Communications Commission.

Ex-MIT Researcher is Massachusetts' New 'Broadband Czar'

States April 29th, 2009

BOSTON, April 29, 2009 – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced Wednesday his appointment of former MIT researcher and state regulator Sharon Gillett as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. The institute was chartered by Patrick in 2008 with the goal of bringing universal broadband service to state residents by 2011.

Telecom Committees in Congress Raise Universal Broadband Issues at Cable Forum

Universal Service April 29th, 2009

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2009 – Congress is unlikely to act on major broadband issues until after the August recess, aides to House and Senate committee chairs told attendees Tuesday at the American Cable Association summit here.

Rural Telco Co-op Puts Cash Into WiMax Plan

Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Wireless April 28th, 2009

ASHBURN, Va., April 28, 2009 – Looks like rural WiMax provider DigitalBridge Communications has found some new friends in the rural telco business, judging by a couple of announcements today from both Digital Bridge and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), which represents some 1,400 rural electric and telephone utilities across 48 states.

Verizon, Other Fiber Builders Cautiously Optimistic About Broadband Recovery

Broadband Stimulus, NTIA April 27th, 2009

DALLAS, April 27, 2009 – Fiber-optic technology is beginning to hit its stride in the marketplace, with nearly 13 percent of homes in North America now able to access the super high-speed broadband connectivity, aided by a big push by Verizon Communications.

NTIA Details Contacts With Legislators, States, Mapping Companies and Others

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, NTIA April 27th, 2009

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2009 – Officials at the agency responsible for crafting the federal government’s broadband stimulus policies held 36 meetings meeting over the past two months – 17 with federal legislators, 11 with private companies and non-profit groups, and eight with state and city officials. Weekly Report April 27th 2009

Premium Content, Weekly Report April 27th, 2009

The NTIA seeks to digest and react to the 1,700 comments and questions filed with the agency. It plans to issue final rules within two months. Sorting through broadband’s impact upon residential and commercial development will be discussed at Broadband Properties in Dallas, beginning April 27. Editor Speaking at Broadband Properties Summit

Broadband Calendar, Weekly Report April 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2009 – Drew Clark, Editor and Executive Director of, will be speaking during a general session of the Broadband Properties Summit, which opens in Dallas on Monday.

Congress to Reexamine Consumer Privacy on Broadband Networks

Net Neutrality April 23rd, 2009

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2009 – Congressional scrutiny of consumer privacy on broadband networks, especially uses of so-called “deep packet inspection” technology, ramped up Thursday as industry representatives and consumer advocates testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. Editor on 'My Technology Lawyer Radio' Thursday

Broadband Calendar April 23rd, 2009

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2009 – Drew Clark, Editor and Executive Director of, will be a guest on Thursday’s wireless edition of My Technology Lawyer Radio, focusing on the effectiveness of the new federal process for stimulus spending grants for broadband access.

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