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March 2013

Congress/FCC/People/Wireless

Profiles of Prospective Candidates to be FCC Chairman: Mignon Clyburn and Tom Wheeler

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2013 – This week BroadbandBreakfast.com will begin a series profiling many of the top prospective candidates that might be selected to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Julius Genachowski, the 29th chairman, on Friday announced that he would step down within a few weeks. Mignon Clyburn joined Genachowski as one… Keep Reading

FCC Chairman Genachowski, at Gigabit Community Workshop, Makes First Public Comments Since His Stepping Down Announcement

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2013 – “If we build super-fast networks, the innovators will come,” said Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Wednesday, in his first public statements since his announcement last Friday that he would leave the agency in a matter of weeks. While speaking at an FCC workshop on the development of gigabit-speed… Keep Reading

Video of March 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club: ‘Smart Cars, the Consumer Experience and Broadband’

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2013 – Today’s cars are getting smarter because drivers are bringing smart phones into their cars and because autonomous-driving systems are getting closer and closer to market availability. Indeed, the accelerating use of the smart phone has dramatically brought the issue of auto safety to the forefront, panelists attending the March Broadband Breakfast… Keep Reading

Broadband News from Around the World: 4G in Lusaka, Australia’s National Broadband Network and Scotland Fiber Link

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2013 – A recent wrap-up of global broadband news included the following items: Lusaka, Zambia Zamtel, a Zambian Telecommunications company, has announced plans to increase mobile broadband Internet service and availability in the nation, according to the Lusaka Times. Zamtel Chief Eexecutive Officer Dr. Mupanga Mwanakatwe spoke of the company’s plans to… Keep Reading

Family Search International CEO Dennis Brimhall, in Interview, on Social Aspects to Family History Broadband Applications

SALT LAKE CITY, March 25, 2013 – Dennis Brimhall, CEO of Family Search International, discusses some of the recent changes and upgrades to the FamilySearch.org web site during the RootsTech conference here. FamilySearch.org is one of the most well-used genealogy web sites in the world. During the interview, Brimhall discussed the addition of social features… Keep Reading

Call It Facebook for the Dead: Latter-day Saints’ FamilySearch.org Helps Build Online Tree of Family Connections

SALT LAKE CITY, March 22, 2013 - When I was younger, family history was for old folks. Now that I am older, family history is for kids adept at using computers and mobile devices. What accounts for this change? Personal computing and broadband. Nowhere is this remarkable change -- from the province of the old to a playground for the young -- more visible than at the RootsTech conference that kicked off here on Thursday.

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FCC

President Barack Obama Statement on FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s Departure

President Barack Obama issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announcement that he is stepping down: I want to thank Chairman Genachowski for his dedicated service on behalf of the American people.  Over the last four years, Julius has brought to the Federal Communications Commission a clear focus on spurring innovation,… Keep Reading

FCC

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, at Public Meeting, Lauds Accomplishment in Broadband Arena

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2013 – In a hurriedly-scheduled Federal Communications Commission meeting on Friday, agency Chairman Julius Genachowski formally announced his resignation from the agency. Genachowski’s resignation, which was expected, puts forward the details of his timing: he will leave the agency in a few weeks. Genachowski has overseen the agency since he was confirmed… Keep Reading

FCC

Statement by Consumer Electronics Association on Julius Genachowski’s Departure

From Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro on the announced departure of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski: As I named him at the 2013 International CES®, Chairman Genachowski is the ‘Spectrum Chairman.” Consumers and industry alike will benefit for years to come thanks to Genachowski’s service at the FCC. Said CEA Vice… Keep Reading

FCC

House Energy and Commerce Commission Ranking Member Waxman on Julius Genachowski’s Departure

Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski’s announcement that he will be leaving the Commission: Chairman Genachowski has been a brilliant chair of the Federal Communications Commission. He has transformed and energized the agency. Under his leadership, the FCC protected consumer access… Keep Reading

FCC

Statement by National Cable and Telecommunications Association on Julius Genachowski’s Departure

By Michael Powell, CEO of NCTA: As a former FCC Chairman who appreciates the incredible privilege and immense responsibility of overseeing the nation’s telecommunications sector, I want to thank and congratulate Chairman Genachowski for his outstanding leadership and remarkable accomplishments during his tenure. During a period of tremendous economic turmoil and marketplace uncertainty, Chairman Genachowski… Keep Reading

On Friday, FCC Chairman Genachowski to Announce Departure; Accomplishments Include National Broadband Plan, USF, Wireless Auctions and Wireless Competition

By Drew Clark and Doug Barclay WASHINGTON, March 22, 2013 – President Barack Obama’s law school classmate and friend Julius Genachowski plans to announce his departure from the Federal Communications Commission in a briefing at the agency on Friday morning. Among the key accomplishments during Genachowski’s tenure at the agency include: The issuance of a… Keep Reading

At the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday: Smart Cars as a Rapidly-Emerging Test Case for Machine-to-Machine Communication

March 18, 2013 – At the Broadband Breakfast Club, we strive to introduce our readers and club members to the most timely developments in broadband services. Think of your participation in our events as a vital early warning system to what you need to know about new directions in high-speed connectivity. The March 19, 2013,… Keep Reading

Broadband News from Around the World: Sicilian Fiber, English Internet Brands and Cape Town Controversy

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2013 – A recent wrap-up of global broadband news included the following items: Islands of Sicily The telecommunications company BT has announced plans to fund a 3.7 million Euro plan to “bring high-speed fibre broadband to the isles of Sicily,” according to digitalspy.com. The initiative will facilitate unused fibre-optic cables that have… Keep Reading

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Seeks to Break New Broadband Ground with Social Media Lineup Announcement

March 17, 2013 – How a music festival connects to their audience is paramount to having a successful event. In recent years, several festivals – including the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – have turned to aggressive viral campaigns to keep people talking about a festival before and after the music plays. The culture of… Keep Reading

Hiawatha Broadband Chief, at Freedom to Connect: Small Broadband Companies Rock

SILVER SPRING, Maryland, March 15, 2013 – Relationships between broadband providers and consumers can often be contentious. Gary Evans of the Minnesota-based Hiawatha Broadband Company, who spoke during the Monday afternoon session of the Freedom to Connect conference here last week, recounted how his simple business model has made Hiawatha a success. Evans described himself… Keep Reading

Freedom to Connect in Washington: ‘Let’s Hope This Isn’t the Golden Age of the Internet’

SILVER SPRING, Maryland, March 15, 2013 – A somber tone was set last week during the opening day of the 2013 Freedom to Connect conference here. Opening remarks by conference organizer David Isenberg were peppered with references to Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange, Pvt. Bradley Manning currently under military trial for releasing classified State documents, and… Keep Reading

Catholic Students in Washington Turn On Broadband, Tune In Webcasts and See the New Pope Francis

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2013 – With Catholics around the world awaiting the announcement of the new Pope, students at the Catholic University of America chose an alternative route to discovery. Hundreds of students gathered in the student-dining hall located in the Edward J. Pryzbala student center. There were no TV’s, no radios, and poor broadband… Keep Reading

Audi of America Joins Panel on ‘Smart Cars, the Consumer Experience and Broadband’

WASHINGTON, Thursday March 14th, 2013 – The broadband policy news and events service BroadbandBreakfast.com will hold its March 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club event: “Smart Cars, the Consumer Experience and Broadband” on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 8 am – 10 am. Details and Registration are… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog Has Grown up with Twitter – and Now Baseball is Doing So, Too

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2013 – As print newspapers continue their long descent into inoperable demise, the rise of the blogger – specifically sports bloggers – has tossed the classic definition of journalist into grayer areas. Matthew Cerrone, a former P.R strategist, started MetsBlog.com in 2003. In the 10 years since the site’s inception, what was… Keep Reading

eRate Reform, National Public Safety Network FirstNet, Focus of Senate-FCC Oversight Hearing

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2013 – At Tuesday’s oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., on Tuesday put the focus on the portion of the Universal Service Fund designed to provide connectivity to schools and libraries, as well as on the public safety network described as FirstNet. The Senate and the agency,… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Wireless

Everyone Finds Something to Like in FCC Approval of Wireless T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2013 – The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday announced their approval of the proposed merger of mobile wireless carriers T-Mobile and MetroPCS. Two years after the two agencies nixed AT&T’s attempted acquisition of T-Mobile on antitrust grounds, different non-profit interest groups found different reasons to applaud the… Keep Reading

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