Archive for March, 2010

Blockbuster Movies May Boost Emerging 3-D Services

Broadband's Impact, International March 31st, 2010

LONDON, March 31, 2010 – The runaway success of the digitally dazzling movies Avatar and Alice in Wonderland has boosted hopes among satellite and cable television operators that their emerging 3-D services will gain significant traction despite the high cost for the TV set and goggles. However, more 3-D means greater use of already scarce broadband.

Broadband Plan Commentary: Ball State University

Broadband Plan Commentary, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan, States, Wireless March 30th, 2010

Testing prototypes. Assisting another university with a campus-wide wireless network. Delving into telecommunications policies. Investigating broadband’s impact on the economy. All are examples of Ball State University’s pioneering work with wireless broadband Internet access.

Former FCC Commissioner Says Leave Broadband to Business, Not Government

Broadband Plan Commentary, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, States, Transparency March 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010 – Deborah Taylor Tate, a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, lauds some of the agency’s National Broadband Plan, but cautions that government should stay focused on “light touch” policies that spur innovation.

Massachusetts Seeks $45 Million in Broadband Funding

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, States March 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010 – Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced that the state has submitted an application for $45.4 million in federal stimulus funding to expand broadband access in western Massachusetts.

Connecting America, Chapter 3: ‘Current State of the Ecosystem’

Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, Official Broadband Plan Document, Transparency, Universal Service, Wireless March 30th, 2010

To see how broadband is transforming American life, walk down a busy street or pay a visit to any school, business or airport. Parents on business trips use their smartphones to check e-mail or watch short videos of their children playing soccer, hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away. Americans work together in real time on complex documents from different desks in the same office, and workers in different offices around the world collaborate via videoconferencing technology. Sales and field maintenance personnel use mobile devices to access inventory information in their businesses, place orders and update records, increasing efficiency and productivity. Students draw on the richness of the Internet to research historical events or watch simulations of challenging math problems. People are using broadband in ways they could not imagine even a few years ago.

Broadband Plan Commentary: The Transmission Project

Broadband Plan Commentary, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan March 29th, 2010

The Transmission Project congratulates the Federal Communications Commission on its formal release of a National Broadband Plan. We honor the Commission for its planning approach, making sure that voices inside and outside of Washington, D.C., were included in the process using a range of media, including in-person conversation.

National Broadband Plan: A Look at Chapter 3

Broadband Data, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless March 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2010 – The third chapter in the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan focuses on the current state of the broadband ecosystem. It sets out to show that the actual state of the broadband network is not about availability and the physical network but also consumer choice and usage.

Industry Demand Calls for Speedy Approval of FCC’s Wireless Spectrum Recommendations

Broadband Plan Commentary, Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, FCC, Wireless March 28th, 2010

There is increasing demand from the Wireless Sector that opening new spectrum, as championed by the FCC, would speed application roll-outs for broadband in the immediate future. Mobile providers are clamoring to offer increasingly sophisticated applications to connect users with everything on a Mobile Internet.

Connecting America, Chapter 2: ‘Goals for a High-Performance America’

FCC, Official Broadband Plan Document, Smart Grid, Universal Service, Wireless March 26th, 2010

THE MISSION OF THE PLAN is to create a high-performance America—a more productive, creative, efficient America in which affordable broadband is available everywhere and everyone has the means and skills to use valuable broadband applications.

Cisco Systems Partners With Grid Net, Linking WiMax to the Smart Grid

Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Smart Grid, Wireless March 26th, 2010

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – On Friday, Cisco Systems announced a partnership with Grid Net, a smart meter company that employs WiMax Technology to send data about electricity usage back to utility companies. Grid Net has also garnered with ClearWire, Motorola, Intel, and General Electric. With the investment by Cisco, Grid Net is poised to become the leader in smart meters in America.

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