Archive for November, 2009

American Cable Association Endorses Time Warner’s Effort to Cap Licensing Costs

Broadband's Impact, Copyright November 30th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 – A trade association representing small and independent cable television providers has endorsed Time Warner Cable’s effort to reign in rising programming licensing fees. The American Cable Association announced on Monday its support for Time Warner’s “Roll Over or Get Tough” campaign, which the company launched week as a web site to educate consumers about rising programming costs’ effect on bills — asserting television networks are threatening to cut viewers off from their favorite shows.

Industry, State, Nonprofit Groups Urge Changes to Broadband Stimulus Programs

Broadband Stimulus November 30th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 – A number of groups took the opportunity Monday to weigh in on the government’s efforts to distribute the $7.2 billion allotted by Congress in January to expand broadband deployment and adoption.

“Many of our nation’s most experienced broadband providers were forced to sit on the sidelines during the first round of funding,” said U.S. Telecom Association President Walter McCormick Jr., in a Monday statement.

NTIA Announces Award for Six More Broadband Mapping Projects

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus November 30th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 – The U.S. government announced Monday that it has awarded millions of dollars to five state entities and one nonprofit organization – Connected Nation – that proposed projects to help collect better data on broadband availability across the country.

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the government agency responsible for taking the lead on broadband data as part of the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program, announced funding for broadband mapping and planning activities in Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri.

Turkey Wants To Be The Internet Gatekeeper For Its Citizens

Broadband's Impact, Privacy November 30th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 – Turkey’s government is working on a project that would give every child a designated email address at birth, according to reports coming from the country’s state news agency late Monday. Turkey is also looking to develop a homegrown Internet search engine to address government national security concerns related to citizens using search engines based in foreign countries.

Tuesday Panel to Explore ‘Grand Bargain’ on Broadcast Spectrum

Broadband Updates, Wireless November 30th, 2009

A proposal to return much of the spectrum used by commercial television broadcasters is gaining some mindshare in Washington telecommunications circles. A high ranking FCC official recently suggested it might be possible to craft a “grand bargain,” in which broadcasters return unused portions of their digital television spectrum to the government in exchange for proceeds from an auction. The spectrum to be auctioned off could fulfill a coming need for spectrum to be used by the burgeoning wireless broadband industry.

BroadbandCensus.com Sees Hope in NTIA’s Request for Form 477 Database

Broadband Data, Expert Opinion November 30th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 – The news that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration aims to seek access to the Form 477 database is positive news — providing that the public obtains access to the database, too.

Even before the founding of BroadbandCensus.com more than two years ago, the individuals associated with the data side of BroadbandCensus.com have been urging the public disclosure of basic broadband data. We call this the Broadband SPARC: for Speeds, Prices, Availability, Reliability and Competition.

NTIA Seeks Access to FCC’s Form 477 Database for Better Broadband Data

Broadband Data November 30th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration last week asked the Federal Communications Commission to release a key database of information about broadband deployment assembled from providers of high-speed internet access.

In a public notice dated Wednesday, November 25, the FCC said it intended to release this database — the Form 477 database — to the NTIA unless it received opposition from the carriers who have provided the broadband data by December 7, 2009.

Lessons the FCC Can Learn from the Past!

Broadband Stimulus, Expert Opinion November 29th, 2009

I think the FCC has to look back at how Broadband proliferation occurred from its beginnings to understand how to move it forward today. By researching and studying The Cable Communications Act of 1984, the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, , and the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the federal arm of […]

Former Googler in Obama Administration at Cross-Hairs of Net Neutrality Debate

Net Neutrality November 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 25, 2009 – The rhetoric surrounding whether the Federal Communications Commission should move forward with rules to regulate internet access to support the principle of network neutrality took on new legs this week when a government official – a former top policy official at Google – conflated net neutrality, free speech and anti-government censorship in the same discussion.

It comes at a time that the FCC has already moved away from the controversial term “network neutrality” to focus instead on the importance of ensuring that an “open internet” exists going forward.

FCC Takes Steps To Allow Use Of Unused TV ‘White Space’ Spectrum

Wireless November 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON, November 25, 2009 – The Federal Communications Commission has moved ahead to implement an order from last year to establish rules to allow new wireless devices to operate in unused broadcast television spectrum.

“The rules will allow for the use of unlicensed TV band devices in the unused spectrum to provide broadband data and other services for consumers and businesses,” according to a public notice (DOC) dated November 25. The FCC document invites proposals from entities that would like to be “Designated TV Band Device Database Managers.”

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