Archive for January, 2010

Wireless Broadband Challenges Include Rolling Up WISPS and Obtaining Stimulus Funding

Broadband Stimulus, Expert Opinion, Wireless January 31st, 2010

GERMANTOWN, Md., January 31, 2010 – Two of the biggest challenges facing the expansion of wireless broadband in this country include the disparate number of rural and remaote wireless carriers, and how to ensure that stimulus funding goes to wireless carriers.

The Wireless Internet Service Provider Directory lists 1,860 WISPs in the U.S., while another directory includes over 2,500. Notwithstanding, there exist numerous other WISPs that are simply not contained in these directories.

Set-Top-Box Quandary: Let Market Forces Rule

Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan January 30th, 2010

The FCC has just issued a Public Notice: Comment Sought On Video Device Innovation NBP Public Notice # 27, to spur innovation within the set-top-box market currently being served by individual Cable & Telecom companies as monthly rentals to consumers. First, these providers have invested in their own versions of set tops which interface […]

McDowell Warns Against Regulation of Broadband as Telecommunications Service

FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality January 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2010 – In his keynote address to the Free State Foundation on Friday, Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell said that the agency’s number one goal in the national broadband plan should be to do no harm.

He was concerned, he said, that the agency was considering classifying providers of broadband infrastructure as a common carrier under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

Re-regulating internet services in such a manner might lead to a parade of horribles, McDowell said – as well as vexing nuts-and-bolts questions since the deregulatory push of the past decade remade the structure of much of telecommunications law.

Cable Trends: Predicting Stock Value as a Percentage of Division

Expert Opinion January 29th, 2010

Cable industry stocks, like all tech stocks, have seen their ups and downs when it comes to performance. The industry has been through periods of high infrastructure spending, acquisitions and divestitures, increased programming costs, higher retransmission costs, and competitive pressures, each playing its own role in keeping values lower. How do industry revenue streams […]

Independent Phone Alliance Urges FCC to Act on Universal Service Fund Reform

Broadband Data, National Broadband Plan, States, Universal Service January 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2010 – The Independent Telephone & Telecommunications Alliance is urging the FCC to adopt its price-cap plan so that its members, which are largely mid-size local exchange firms, can get better support from the Universal Service Fund.

NTIA Chief Larry Strickling Urges BTOP Rejects to Reapply, Reapply, Reapply!

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, NTIA January 29th, 2010

DENVER, January 29, 2010 – Ditch the discouragement, review successful applications and reapply, reapply, reapply, was the message at the Denver workshop on Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grants.

“Don’t fret over round one, there’s more money in round two,” said Larry Strickling, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the Friday presentation. “I know folks are getting what you’re calling a rejection letter, but we’re looking at it as an ‘opportunity to reapply’ letter.”

Massachusetts Group Fails to Find Funds in BTOP’s First Round

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact January 28th, 2010

WASHINGTON, January 28, 2010 – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute announced this week that it’s a BTOP loser, at least temporarily.

Rep. Edwards Urges Peers to Sign Net Neutrality Petition

Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality January 28th, 2010

WASHINGTON, January 28, 2010 – Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland sent a letter to her colleagues on Wednesday urging them to sign a petition supporting the principles of network neutrality.

BroadbandBreakfast.com Releases Free Webcast on ‘Net Neutrality, Copyright Protection and the National Broadband Plan’

Broadband TV, Copyright, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality January 27th, 2010

WASHINGTON, January 27, 2010 – Broadband Census News LLC on Wednesday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the BroadbandBreakfast.com event on January 19, 2010: The Town Hall Webcast on the topic of “Net Neutrality, Copyright Protection and the National Broadband Plan.”

The event, moderated by Kim Hart of The Hill and Drew Clark of BroadbandBreakfast.com, begins with an introductory welcome by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, and is followed by two panels, the first focused on technolgy, and the second focused on policy.

Rural Utilities Service Unveils $310 Million in Stimulus Funds for 14 Projects

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, States January 26th, 2010

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2010 – The Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service is doling out $310 million in broadband stimulus funds, department Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday.

The monies will be spread throughout 14 projects seeking to bring speedy Internet connections to rural communities in the United States in an effort to lift and grow their economies.

“The awards for these broadband projects will support anchor institutions – such as libraries, public buildings and community centers – that are necessary for the viability of rural communities,” Vilsack said.

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