Archive for May, 2010

Wireless Industry Group Asks FCC to Dismiss County Executives’ Proposal

Broadband Stimulus, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless May 31st, 2010

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2010 – Wireless industry lobbying group CTIA is asking for the Federal Communication Commission’s dismissal of a free broadband proposal by the County Executives of America.

Court Orders Google to Turn Over Wireless Data in Portland Case

Broadband's Impact, Privacy, States, Transparency, Wireless May 31st, 2010

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2010 – A U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., has ordered Google to turn over wireless data from its Street View cars which was taken while photographing neighborhoods.

FCC Announces Agenda for Open Meeting

FCC, Net Neutrality May 28th, 2010

WASHINGTON, May 28. 2010 – The FCC released a tentative agenda for its next open meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 17. The FCC aims to create a framework for broadband internet service by considering several “possible legal frameworks for broadband internet services in order to promote innovation and investment, protect and empower consumers, and bring the benefits of broadband to all Americans.”

Former Senate Staffer Hired as Deputy Cybersecurity Coordinator

Broadband Updates May 28th, 2010

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2010 –Sameer Bhalotra, formerly a staffer with the Senate’s Select Intelligence Committee, was confirmed as the White House’s Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt’s new deputy.

Emergency First Responders Suffer from Lack of Interoperable Communications Equipment

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Mobile Broadband, States, Wireless May 28th, 2010

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2010 – Emergency first responders should be able to use similar technological standards on their equipment so that they can effectively communicate during times of crisis, but rapidly evolving technology makes it difficult to stay in sync, said experts at a Thursday House hearing.

Genachowski Extols Broadband at International Telecommunications Union

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, International, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service May 27th, 2010

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2010 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke about the United States’ broadband development and challenges regarding education at the World Telecommunications Development Conference in Hyderabad, India. He addressed the International Telecommunications Union in a roundtable discussion about the launch of the “Connect a School, Connect a Community” incentive.

Mobile VoIP users to exceed 100 million by 2012

Broadband Updates, International, Mobile Broadband, Wireless May 27th, 2010

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2010 – Juniper Research released a study today that predicts the rapid development of mobile Voice Over IP (VoIP) services such as Skype, and finding that there is a direct correlation between the availability of third-generation (3G) and increased use of mobile VoIP.

Broadband Escapes Europe’s Spending Ax

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, International, Wireless May 27th, 2010

LONDON, May 27, 2010 – A new era of austerity may be dawning in Europe in the wake of the Greek debt crisis and its cascading effect on other countries in the region, but broadband is set to escape the swinging spending cuts afflicting other sectors.

Distributors Should Provide Customers With Prominent Notice of Status of Programming Agreements, Says Local Broadcaster

FCC, Media ownership May 26th, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission could easily protect television viewers from having their programming disrupted by business disputes between broadcasters and program distributors by requiring the program distributors to conspicuously notify their customers of pending contract expirations, suggested an executive from a local broadcasting company in a recent filing with the commission.

The commission has asked for public input on the question of whether it should change its rules regarding retransmission consent fees, the fees and fee packages that cable, satellite and telecom companies pay broadcasters for carrying the signals to their own customers in addition to compulsory copyright licensing fees.

Obama Administration Needs To Open Up Secretive Industry-Driven Trade Negotiations, Says Rights Group

Copyright, Intellectual Property May 26th, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, 2010 – The Obama administration should include a voice that represents the public’s point of view in its advisory committee for trade negotiations that involve intellectual property, said Public Knowledge, a Washington, D.C. non-profit group in a filing with the Commerce Department Tuesday.

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