Archive for April, 2010

Set-Top-Box Revisited: How does the Gateway solution increase competition?

Broadband Plan Commentary, Expert Opinion, FCC, National Broadband Plan April 30th, 2010

The FCC seems determined in revisiting and repairing the current CableCard rules fiasco in which it chose to mandate a universal Set-Top-Box for Cable, Telco, and DBS providers. Where does a solution lie, and is the FCC going down another road of improbable acceptance?

Study: Intellectual Property Creates, Fuels High-Paying Jobs

Copyright, Intellectual Property, International, Patents, Trademarks April 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2010 – The Global Intellectual Property Center, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, this week released a study examining the affects of intellectual property on American jobs between 2000 and 2007.

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

Intellectual Property, International, Patents, Trademarks, Transparency April 29th, 2010

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.”

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

Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, Transparency, Wireless April 29th, 2010

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?

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

Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Smart Grid April 29th, 2010

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.

In Dallas, Rural Aspects of National Broadband Plan Discussed

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA April 28th, 2010

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.

National Broadband Plan: A Look at Chapter 7 and Research

Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless April 28th, 2010

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2010 – Chapter Seven of the national broadband plan is one of the shortest of the entire document, with a primary focus on research and development. The key recommendation that this chapter makes is that Congress needs to fund long-term projects rather than short-term fast moving ones.

Rural Broadband Forum: Connecting Rural Leaders For Broadband

Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan April 28th, 2010

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.

NARUC Applauds FCC Decision on Broadband Data Collection

Broadband Data, FCC, States April 27th, 2010

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2010 – The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners is applauding a decision that no Federal Communications Commission ruling preempts states from collecting broadband data.

Commerce Announces Final Grant Awards from First Funding Round

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, NTIA, States, Universal Service, Wireless April 27th, 2010

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2010 – The Commerce Department has announced nine broadband investments totaling more than $114 million in grants, in more than a dozen states. The announcement marks the final grant awards from the first round of BTOP applications.

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