Archive for June, 2010

NoChokePoints Coalition Slams AT&T for Rate Hikes

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber June 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2010 – AT&T’s special access lines are set for price hikes, and the NoChokePoints Coalition says FCC regulation of this “is essential to the health of our information economy.” AT&T had a different opinion.

Australian Executive Slams High Cost Estimates for National Broadband Network

International June 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2010 – In a statement released today, Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) Co-Chief Executive Mike Quigley called recent estimates of the network’s startup cost “nonsense.” While most mainstream estimates of the cost to build Australia’s new network range from $43 billion to $60 billion, Quigley insisted that the actual cost of the network would run closer to $30 billion.

National Congress of American Indians Shows Support for Network Neutrality

Net Neutrality June 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON June 30, 2010 – The National Congress of American Indians released resolution supporting network neutrality.

The resolution said in part: “An engaged democracy, relies on our ability as citizens to freely access information online,” reads the resolution, “to use that information to determine our own decisions in politics, health, education, environment and other important matters”

Markey to Write Spectrum Bill

Wireless June 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON June 30, 2010- In a show of support for President Obama’s memorandum ordering the release of 500 MHz of spectrum, Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass) will author a bill to give additional guidance in the release of the spectrum.

Minneapolis to Offer Free Wi-Fi

Mobile Broadband, States June 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON June 30, 2010- Minneapolis will soon offer free Wi-Fi to its residents. The city has announced the deployment of 117 hotspots around the city for a project they are calling “Wireless Minneapolis”.

Best Buy to Offer Mobile Broadband

Mobile Broadband June 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2010 –Best Buy will soon offer a mobile broadband service running on the Sprint 3g network.

Pew Center on the States Highlights Importance of State Agencies in Broadband

Broadband's Impact, States June 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON June 30, 2010-The Pew Center on the States has just released a report on the importance of state government involvement in broadband. In essence the report aims to show the varied efforts that the states are making to expand broadband. Additionally they give a brief explanation of why the national purposes set out by the National Broadband Plan are important.

Moviemakers’ Demand for ISP Customers’ IDs In Infringement Suits Should be Quashed, Argue Rights Groups

Copyright, Intellectual Property June 30th, 2010

A copyright holder can’t just randomly rummage around an internet service provider’s logs of its customers’ online activities in pursuit of those too cheap to pay for their entertainment a group of public interest lawyers are scheduled to argue Wednesday in a D.C. court.

AT&T to Work With CURRENT Group to Improve Smart Grid Performance

Broadband's Impact, Smart Grid June 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON June 29, 2010-AT&T’s mobile broadband network will work will CURRENT Smart Grid Distribution Solutions to increase grid efficiency and system capacity.

Experts Debate Causes, Cures for Cyber Bullying and High Risk Behaviors

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Cybersecurity, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Privacy June 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2010 – The best way to avoid cyber bullying is not to be a teenage girl, said an expert on Tuesday at a panel discussion hosted by the Progress and Freedom Foundation. The remarks, made by Michael McKeehan, Verizon’s executive director of internet and technology policy, were in response to a question on “high risk behaviors” that lead children to become targets of online bullies.

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