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April 2010

From the Department of Bogus Statistics: Measuring the Impact of Piracy and Fair Use

SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, 2010 - Measuring the impact of the U.S. legal doctrine of "fair use," which enables online activities such as search, limited copying, sharing, ripping, mixing and burning might seem impossible, but not to the trade group the Computer & Communications Industry Association. The group released a study saying it has measured the “Economic Contribution of Industries Relying on Fair Use.” Keep Reading

Let Consumers See Clearwire’s Network: They’ve Got a Map For That

By now, the omnipresent television commercials have drummed Verizon’s 3G message into all our heads: big red map good, splotchy blue map bad. But nascent national WiMAX provider Clearwire has taken the “maps” battle to a whole new level, in a way that potential wireless users might find more useful than anything offered by Verizon or AT&T: How about coverage maps that use real network data to show actual expected performance on a block-by-block level? Keep Reading

Go Smart, Go Green; Former Mayor Urges Broadband Innovation for Cities

DALLAS, April 29, 2010 - Broadband is a powerful solution to community ills, former two-term mayor Fort Wayne, Indiana, Graham Richard said Tuesday at a packed keynote luncheon at the 2010 Broadband Properties Summit here. His address presented a model for community involvement in the proliferation of broadband as a tool to make cities more efficient, retain and gain jobs, while educating a workforce for the future. Keep Reading

In Dallas, Rural Aspects of National Broadband Plan Discussed

DALLAS, April 28, 2010 - There are a daunting number of rural American that do not have access to broadband, Rob Curtis, deployment director of the Federal Communication Commission’s omnibus broadband initiative, said at the Broadband Properties Summit here. With 14 million Americans without access to broadband, or at least twelve-hundred feet from a fiber connection; Curtis tasked the FCC to finalize that number using various means of statistical data. The goal was to enable the distribution of first round broadband stimulus grants into the hands of applicants clamoring to build new infrastructure. His task included coming up with an economic model that realistically supported the best case scenario for economic viability. Keep Reading

Rural Broadband Forum: Connecting Rural Leaders For Broadband

DALLAS, April 28, 2010 - Day Two at the 2010 Broadband Properties Summit here began with a discussion by broadband experts about how to connect rural leaders into the broadband equation. Moderated by Bill Shuffstall, extension educator at Pennsylvania State University, forum speakers included Mark DeFalco, telecommunications initiative manager for the Appalachian Regional Commission; Greg Laudeman, of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Institute of Technology; Richard Lowenberg, founder of the 1st-Mile Institute; and Brent Legg, director of stakeholder relations for Connected Nation. Keep Reading

Verizon Executive Outlines Company’s Message at Dallas Summit

DALLAS, April 27, 2010 - Special Correspondent Leonard Grace sits down with a busy Eric Cevis, a vice president with Verizon, the official corporate host of the Broadband Properties MAG Summit, an event focusing on fiber-to-the-home and next-generation access technologies for buildings, communities and municipalities. They discussed what Cevis sees as the conference’s main messages. Keep Reading

BroadbandBreakfast.com Launches New Series: ‘The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club’

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2010 – BroadbandBreakfast.com, a broadband and internet technology news service on Monday - Intellectual Property Day - launched a new series of breakfast events entitled “The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club.” The series, which will occur on May 11, June 8 and July 13, complements BroadbandBreakfast.com’s highly popular “Broadband Breakfast Club,” which will continue to meet each month. Sponsored by Intel Corporation and Time Warner Cable, the new series will probe a diverse set of topics, including the Google Book Search case and e-book licensing; increasing controversies over retransmission consent; and international progress against counterfeiting. Keep Reading

What You Could Do On A Gigabit Network: Tai Chi Class Through Your Television

LAFAYETTE, La., -- April 23, 2010 -- When Google announced its Gigabit fiber network initiative this February, the first example it offered of what such a network could be good for was a rural telehealth application where someone could meet with their doctor over the web. While the description sounds futuristic, many groups are already experimenting with the potential of this idea. At the FiberFête conference here, technologist Larry Keyes shared one project that he's piloting together with the University of Vermont. The application they tried out? Tai Chi through your television. Keep Reading

‘The Great Spectrum Debate’ Pits Licensed Versus Opportunistic Uses of Airwaves

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2010 - BroadbandBreakfast.com on Friday released, for FREE, the full-length video of the Broadband Breakfast Club event on April 20, 2010: "The Great Spectrum Debate." The event included key industry officials addressing Chapter 5 of the national broadband plan, dealing with spectrum. The event was moderated by Amy Schatz, Telecommunications Reporter, The Wall Street Journal. Keep Reading

Privacy/Recovery Act

Commerce Seeks Comment on Privacy Law, Creates Task Force

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2010 – The Commerce Department is seeking public comment on the impact of privacy laws in the United States and around the world to determine if current laws serve consumer interests and democracy. It also this week announced the formation of an Internet Policy Task Force to identify public policy and operational issues impacting the private sector’s ability to best achieve economic growth and job creation through the Internet. Keep Reading

BET Makes Submission of National Sustainable Broadband Adoption Project

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2010 - BET Networks announced on Monday its submission of a proposal to the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) for a grant under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The BET program, called the National Sustainable Broadband Adoption Project would, if successful, increase broadband adoption among African Americans by providing compelling reasons for new households to adopt broadband, BET said in a release. Keep Reading

Broadband Properties Summit in Dallas to Feature Key Broadband Leaders

BroadbandBreakfast.com, a daily web site with definitive and independent news on broadband stimulus funding, wireless internet, and the national broadband plan, will be there giving the latest updates and insights to its readers in fiber-to-the-premise initiatives. It is shaping up to be a premier event with a myriad of dignitaries, speakers, exhibits, and lots of telecom company participation. Keep Reading

FiberFete Celebrates City’s Efforts To Build Its Own Information-Age Utility

LAFAYETTE, La., April 20, 2010 - To the extent that the city of Lafayette is famous for anything, it’s probably for its cultural status as the throbbing heart of America’s Cajun country. This week, the burg of 120,000 hosts an annual music and performance arts festival that celebrates its Francophone heritage. Thousands will fly in from all over the world to attend the event. But among them will also be those who are flying in to both celebrate and to share experiences about building ultra-high-speed internet networks. Those people include urban planners, network engineers and policymakers from around the world who are coming to toast Lafayette’s unlikely achievement of building a 100 Megabit per second (Mbps) peer-to-peer broadband network directly to every single business and residential premise within its city limits. Keep Reading

FCC/Recovery Act

Commerce Department Inspector General Scores BTOP

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2010 - After a post-grant review found numerous inefficiencies and unforeseen problems in the first round of Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grants caused by the sheer size of the program, Commerce Department Inspector General demanded that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration create a plan to improve the efficiency and fairness of both the application process and overall management of BTOP. Keep Reading

FCC Chairman Sees Mobile Broadband as Key to Nation’s Economic Growth

LAS VEGAS, April 13, 2010 -- As the United States passes through a "transformative digital age," closing the gap between spectrum demand and availability will be crucial to the nation's economic growth and global leadership in mobile broadband, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski told attendees Tuesday at the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention. Keep Reading

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