Archive for September, 2010

House Passes Bill Addressing Scarcity of Rare Earth Minerals – a Key Component in Many Electronic Devices

Fiber, International September 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2010 – The House on Wednesday approved H.R. 6160, the Rare Earths and Critical Materials Revitalization Act by a vote of 325 to 98. The bill authorizes research to address the supply scarcity of rare earth minerals, a category of materials key to a wide range of applications in fields such as energy, military, electronic and manufacturing technologies.

FCC Chief Appoints Two Key Staffers

FCC, Media, National Broadband Plan, NTIA September 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2010 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has named senior agency staff in the Media Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications bureaus. These positions are MB Deputy Michelle Carey and WTB Deputy and Senior Advisor on New Technology Michael McKenzie.

Nation’s Intellectual Property Czar Discusses Economic Impacts

Intellectual Property, International September 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2010 – The nation’s intellectual property czar, Victoria Espinel, highlighted recommendations made in her office’s report addressing ways to improve IP enforcement at an event held by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

Motion Picture Group Bolsters Online Safety Efforts

Broadband's Impact, Education September 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2010 – The Family Online Safety Institute has announced that the Motion Picture Association of America has become its newest member.

Will the US and China Share A Similar Model When Attacking IP Pirates Online?

Copyright September 29th, 2010

San Francisco, September 29, 2010 — A legislative proposal to allow the US’ top cop to seize the web addresses of sites that authorities deem are dedicated to pirating intellectual property bears a remarkable resemblance to a crackdown currently underway in China against online pirates.

A bipartisan group of 10 U.S. senators last week introduced legislation that would enable the U.S. Justice Department to render inaccessible Web sites judged to be dedicated to intellectual property infringement.

ASCAP Music Licensing Fees Voided for Yahoo, RealNetworks

Copyright September 28th, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, September 28, 2010 –  A U.S. rate-setting court’s formula for establishing the fees that Yahoo! and RealNetworks must pay the nation’s dominant music licensing group is fundamentally flawed because it uses inconsistent data sets and because the benchmarks it uses aren’t relevant or comparable, said a U.S. appeals court Tuesday. “The district court […]

On Tuesday Morning, Illinois Broadband Advocates Gather for Better Broadband and Better Lives

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan September 28th, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, September 28, 2010 – Broadband high-speed internet services are stimulating the economy, creating jobs and enhancing lives in Illinois through enhanced telemedicine, training, and public safety benefits.

On Tuesday, dozens of federal broadband stimulus recipients will gather together in Springfield, Illinois, to celebrate and plan how more than $351 million in federal, state and private investment will be used to build infrastructure and frontline programs to eliminate the digital divide.

The historic assembly will be webcast live on broadbandillinois.org at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT.

The program will also be streamed on the Illinois Channel, and the home page of the State of Illinois. The direct link to the stream is http://www.state.il.us/streaming/broadband-092810.asx (available at 9:50 a.m. CT).

Final Round of Broadband Data Funding Announced

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus September 27th, 2010

WASHINGTON September 27, 2010 – NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling has announced the final list broadband data grants. The final set of grants will provide additional funding to each of the state’s designated mapping entities.

“As Congress recognized, many communities are being left behind in the 21st Century economy and need improved broadband access and adoption to compete,” said Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling. “Each state has unique broadband challenges, and these investments will support solutions developed by the states to harness the power of technology so that local businesses can thrive and residents can enjoy a better quality of life.”

President Obama Gives Nod to Power of Internet in U.N. Speech

Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, International September 24th, 2010

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2010 – President Obama gave a tip of the hat to the internet in a lengthy speech before the United Nations on Thursday that addressed a wide variety of global topics.

He said it’s important to “call out those who suppress ideas and serve as a voice for those who are voiceless,” adding that the United States will promote new tools of communication so that “people are empowered to connect with one another and, in repressive societies, to do so with security.”

FCC Opens Up White Space For Unrestricted Uses

FCC, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum, Wireless September 24th, 2010

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2010 – In a unanimous vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved the use of the “white spaces” for unlicensed uses. The white spaces are the band of spectrum now empty after television signals went digital. These bands offer some of the best promulgation characteristics and are available nationwide.

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