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September 2009

Broadband Updates/Smart Grid

Media Access Project Silicon Valley Conference on 'Smart Grids'

The Media Access Project will hold the third session in its 2009 MAPPING CHANGE series on October 8 in Silicon Valley for a conference exploring the issue of “smart grids.” MAP aims to bring together experts on communications, information technology, energy, and infrastructure to discuss policy developments and implementation strategies promoting smarter energy management and environmentally sustainable technologies. Keep Reading

Phantom Signals to be a Ghost of Satellite Legislation

The American Cable Association praised the House and Senate Judiciary Committees for recently passing bills that would change the rule allowing for redistribution of copyrighted content by cable television operators. ACA said the rule had been a financial burden on small and mid-sized cable operators, especially operators that have consolidated operations in the pursuit of greater efficiency. Keep Reading

NTIA and ICANN Renew Agreement

An agreement reached by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was praised Wednesday by Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., Chairman of the Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates

Gathering Signs of Privacy Winds

Notwithstanding a recent proposal by the online advertising industry to strengthen standards governing consumer data collection, some on Capitol Hill still see a need for Congress to enact comprehensive privacy legislation. Indeed, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., has promised to introduce legislation on this subject this fall. Over at the Federal Trade Commission, Chairman Jon Leibowitz has explicitly warned online advertisers that the FTC will take a regulatory approach if industry does not improve its self-policing efforts. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/NTIA/Recovery Act

Teaching Innovation Isn't For America

The United States is losing ground in innovation sweepstakes to Japan, Denmark and other nations, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. This is mainly because these and other nations have designed and funded federal policies to spur innovation, while America has not, says the think thank. Keep Reading

Premium Content/Weekly Report

BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report September 21st and 29th 2009

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2009 - An outpouring of news: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced network neutrality rules, President Obama touted an innovation agenda, FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Copps addressed universal broadband, the U.S. Broadband Coalition unveiled its final report, and the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference hosted seven top administration officials and more. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Broadband Updates

Incumbents Invited to the Table

The National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) have embarked upon a 30-day period of accepting responses from existing service providers in their reviews of service area classifications, which will includes defining the unserved and the underserved areas for the BIP/BTOP infrastructure applications. The Public Notices can be viewed at: http://broadbandsearch.sc.egov.usda.gov/DefaultARRA.aspx. Keep Reading

Cyber Fortune

"Civil Rights to Cyber Rights” is a new book by Jabari Simama that claims that those without cyber skills will soon be superfluous in the American, not to mention the global, economy. Simama describes broadband and other digital technologies as tools to empower, build and connect people and communities. He also points out that “unless we bring access to and literacy of digital technology to all Americans, we are heading toward a society and world of information haves and have-nots.” Keep Reading

Broadband Updates

A Congressional Workshop on Trust

A Congressional workshop will examine the proper application of antitrust policy to the information technology sector and scrutinize the direction the new administration is taking. The workshop will occur on October 16 in the Rayburn Office building. The workshop has the potential to explore how the application of government antitrust law can significantly affect innovation and investment, for good or ill. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

Can You Really Have Too Much Spectrum?

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a notice seeking comment on whether more radio spectrum is needed for wireless broadband services. The notice is part of the Commission's process in crafting a national broadband plan, which is due to Congress in February 2010. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

Google Stands Accused (by AT&T)

Google has been accused by AT&T of violating the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules for blocking Google Voice calls to some rural areas. In a letter to the FCC, AT&T urged the Commission to level the playing field and order Google to play by the same Internet Policy rules as other carriers. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Net Neutrality

Not Everyone is Neutral on Neutrality

The Federal Communication Commission's proposed net neutrality rules could hamper innovation on the Web, said David Farber, as guest on a panel held Friday at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. Farber is a professor of computer science and policy at Carnegie Mellon University and a former chief technology officer for the FCC. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Broadband's Impact

Metrics Working Group of the U.S. Broadband Coalition Offers 'Policy Options'

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2009 – The U.S. Broadband Coalition, an assemblage of more than 160 organizations pressing for a comprehensive national broadband strategy, on Thursday released its final report at the Federal Communications Commission. Drew Clark, Editor of Broadband Census News LLC and Executive Director of Broadband Census Data LLC, was co-Chair of the coalition’s Metrics Working Group, together with Rob Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Below are excerpts from the final “policy options” crafted by the working group and included in the final report. Keep Reading

FCC Panelists Valued Wireless Spectrum by Current Use, by Cost and by Demand

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2009 – A three-panel workshop on the role of wireless spectrum in the Federal Communications Commission’s national broadband plan considered how one could tell the value of spectrum: by its current use, by its cost, and by demand. These were the central discussions at the agency’s Spectrum workshop on September 17. Among the issues discussed were fourth-generation wireless supply and demand, sources of spectrum, and innovation in spectrum access. Keep Reading

Expert Opinion

BroadbandCensus.com: Starting the Ball Rolling on Crowdsourcing

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2009 – Public and transparent broadband data has now been elevated to the level of a fundamental principle, at least in the Monday speech by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. But it’s worth reflecting on the time – not so long ago – when the quest to collect this kind of broadband data was an unrealized vision at the losing end of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Keep Reading

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