Archive for July, 2010

Chicago Receives $9 Million BTOP Grant

Broadband Stimulus, Education, NTIA July 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON July 30, 2010- The City of Chicago has won the latest Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant for $9 million. The money will be used to upgrade and expand public computing centers across the city.

San Francisco Partners with Motorola On New LTE System

Broadband's Impact, Mobile Broadband, Public Safety, Spectrum, Wireless July 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2010 – San Francisco area public officials have announced that they would enter into a partnership with Motorola to construct a 700 MegaHerz LTE system – one of 21 in the country granted the right to do so by the FCC.

Best Buy to Offer Mobile Broadband Through Clearwire

Mobile Broadband, Wireless July 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2010 – Best Buy’s new mobile broadband service provider, Best Buy Connect, will be adding 4G options to its customers.

WISPA Tackles Key Issues at Summer Meeting in St. Louis

Expert Opinion, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum, States, Uncategorized, Wireless July 30th, 2010

ST. LOUIS, July 30, 2010 – The Wireless Internet Service Providers’ Association took the opportunity to address key issues of concern to its members at its summer meeting in St. Louis this month.

Rep. Boucher Introduces ‘Voluntary Incentives Auction’ Act

Spectrum July 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON July 30, 2010 –Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., in coordination with ranking member Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., unveiled a new bill aimed at addressing America’s scarce supply of spectrum. The legislation, titled the “Voluntary Incentive Auctions Act,” would permit the FCC to conduct incentive-based spectrum auctions.

Internet Gambling Bill Passes House Committee

Broadband's Impact July 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON July 29, 2010- In a bipartisan vote of 41-22; the House Financial Services Committee approved a bill which would allow for internet gambling, entitled the INTERNET GAMBLING REGULATION CONSUMER PROTECTION & ENFORCEMENT ACT OF 2009 (H.R. 2267).

Dingell Opposes Broadband Reclassification

FCC July 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON July 30, 2010 – In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission Democrat John Dingell said that the chairman should abandon his effort to reclassify broadband. In a response chairman Genachowski said that while he looks forward to working with Congress to a update the communications act key feels that these actions need to occur quickly and cannot wait for Congress to complete its deliberation.

House Saves Broadband Funding

Broadband Stimulus July 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON July 29, 2010- With a vote of 308- 114 the House has approved a supplemental appropriations, HR 4899, which eliminates previous amendments that would have rescinded broadband funding.

Department of Interior to Study BTOP

Broadband Stimulus July 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON July 29, 2010- The National Business Center an office within the Department of the Interior is seeking a study of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

Citizens Against Public Waste Call Broadband a Luxury Not a Necessity

Broadband's Impact July 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2010 – Speaking in a webcast by the Broadband Policy Series this afternoon, David Williams of Citizens Against Public Waste said that there “wouldn’t be any circumstances in which government should step in” where community broadband is concerned. According to Williams, even when local governments step in, there tends to be a centralizing process by which one locality wants the same services as another locality, thus evolving the process to a Federal level.

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