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June 2009

NTIA/Recovery Act/States

Massachusetts Offers RFP for Broadband Consultants

In cooperation with Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the RFP hopes to "solicit responses from firms or teams of firms with experience providing consulting services on the development and operation of broadband infrastructure, writing requests for proposals, outreach and evaluation of industry partners and creating business plans and pricing models." Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

CDT Looks Back and Ahead at Privacy

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2009 – Even though it has been nearly a decade since effective pro-privacy legislation had been passed by Congress or pushed by the Federal Trade Commission, Center for Democratic Technology President Leslie Harris expressed optimism on the subject on Wednesday. Keep Reading

Moving Day at FCC: Adelstein Out, Genachowski In

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 - As newly minted Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski and his senior staff took possession of their eighth floor suite at FCC headquarters on Monday, commissioner Jonathan Adelstein took his leave of the agency to begin the process of confirmation to run the Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Services. Keep Reading

All in the Family

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 - States and cities are continuing their extensive engagement in the question of broadband data and mapping. In fact, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute announced on Friday afternoon that it would issue its request for proposals on broadband developments on Monday – positioning their state to beat the federal government to punch. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report June 29nd 2009

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 - This is the week many following broadband stimulus activities have been waiting for: rules from the NTIA are expected on Tuesday, plus Vice President Biden is set to tout broadband in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. At the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski presides over his first meeting on Thursday. Keep Reading

Senate Approves NTIA Head Strickling; Genachowski, McDowell for FCC; Baker, Clyburn on Deck

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2009 - The Senate on Thursday voted to give its consent for Julius Genachowski (D) and Robert McDowell (R) to serve five-year terms on the Federal Communications Commission, with Genachowski holding the gavel as chairman. Also receiving an affirmative vote was Lawrence Strickling, who will head the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Keep Reading

NoChokePoints Coalition to Combat Special Access Providers

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2009 - Wireless carriers and consumer advocates joined forces Monday to open a new front in the battle over pricing for "special access" markets. The newly-formed NoChokePoints coalition brings together a number of unlikely bedfellows that usually clash on many topics, most notably Sprint Nextel and Public Knowledge, in order to battle the "chokehold that these huge phone companies have on the special access market." Keep Reading

Broadband Growth Not So Bad

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2009 – Last week the Pew Internet & American Life Project released its eagerly-awaited report about broadband penetration. To nearly everyone’s surprise, in light of the current recession, the percentage of homes with access to high-speed internet access continued to rise. Keep Reading

Net Neutrality

Convergence, Innovation Push Boundaries of Network Neutrality Debate, Experts Agree

ARLINGTON, Va., June 19, 2009 - Representatives of network operators, internet companies and consumer advocates said they are prepared for a network neutrality policy to emerge from the Obama administration, but during a panel at Pike and Fischer's Broadband Policy Summit they remained very much divided over the best approach to solving problems of network management while protecting consumers. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act

Broadband Stimulus Program Moving Fast but Looking Forward, says NTIA's Seifert

ARLINGTON, Va., June 19, 2009 - The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program is a "jump start" for President Obama's broadband vision for communities to use information technology to expand and enrich their infrastructure to help revive a slowing economy, said Mark Seifert, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Seifert delivered the morning keynote on the second day of Pike and Fischer's Broadband Policy Summit. Keep Reading

Copps Committed to Broadband Strategy as Vehicle for American Recovery, FCC Reform

ARLINGTON, Va., June 18, 2009 - Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps could not be more pleased with the Obama administration's "real, honest to god commitment" to broadband deployment and with the potential for reshaping the FCC to be more consumer-centered, he said Thursday. Copps delivered the afternoon keynote speech at the Pike and Fischer Broadband Policy Summit. Keep Reading

Boucher 'Has Some Ideas' on Stimulus Definitions, Looks to Genachowski to Lead on National Plan

ARLINGTON, Va., June 18, 2009 - House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., has no plans to influence the Federal Communications Commission's development of a national broadband plan. But speaking Thursday morning at the Pike and Fischer Broadband Policy Summit here, he made clear his experience representing a rural district informs his ideas on how the FCC should assist the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Rural Utilities Service in defining unserved and underserved markets. Keep Reading

Net Neutrality

Freshman Representative Pushes Broadband Cap Ban

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2009 - Time Warner Cable found itself clashing with a member of Congress from its home state on Wednesday as Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., introduced the Broadband Internet Fairness Act, H.R. 2902. If passed, the bill would authorize the Federal Trade Commission to review the fairness of broadband subscription plans based on cost. Keep Reading

The Quiet of Summer

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2009 – As the promised June 30 deadline for the federal government’s broadband stimulus rules approaches, the three agencies responsible for aspects of broadband stimulus are directly engaged in detailed questions about how high-speed internet service is being defined. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

On Cyberbullying, Education and Enforcement Bills Compete for Congressional Action

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2009 - Hill staffers and online safety said Friday that two bills currently before Congress take very different approaches to issues of cyberbullying and online. Speaking at a panel sponsored by the Family Online Safety Institute, CEO Stephen Balkam said that the "key question" of the day was whether or not it is possible to legislate internet safety. Keep Reading

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