Archive for June, 2013

Broadband Breakfast Club Video on Smart Grid Initiative Plays Up Fiber and Wireless Role for Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy, Broadband TV, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, NTIA, Privacy, Rural Utilities Service, Smart Grid, Wireless June 28th, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2013 – The status of the development of the national smart grid and its relationship to broadband buildouts was the center of discussion at the June 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club. The concept of smart grid is a marriage of intelligence and communications, said David Wollman, Deputy Director of the Smart Grid and […]

Subcommittee Hearing Assesses Spectrum Clearing and Sharing Approaches

Congress, House of Representatives, Spectrum, Wireless June 27th, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 – Witnesses from government agencies and private industry underscored the importance of making more efficient use of radio-frequency spectrum, including sharing and utilization of new technology, at a hearing on Thursday afternoon. In his opening remarks at the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rep. […]

Panel Discusses Spectrum Auctions, Internet Protocol Transition, and Broadband Adoption as Key Technology Policy Areas

IP Transition, Spectrum, Wireless June 26th, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 – Spectrum policy, technology training and elevating the levels of broadband adoption and usage dominated a panel discussion here Wednesday, dubbed “The X-Factors of Tech Policy Today: Keeping Pace in the Broadband Race,” and hosted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. During the panel at the event, Rick […]

New CEA Group Seeks to Set Standards to Reduce Distracted Driving

Mobile Broadband, Wireless June 20th, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 – The Consumer Electronics Association announced the formation of a group that will work to establish industry standards for designing devices in ways that will minimize distraction while operating vehicles earlier this week. The group, created by the CEA’s Portable Handheld and In-Vehicle Electronics Committee, will work to suggest standards for […]

FCC Chairman-Nominee Noncommittal on Limits Regarding Spectrum Aggregation

Agencies, FCC June 19th, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 – Under questioning from the Senate Commerce Committee during a confirmation hearing to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler said spectrum auctions need to be designed to provide incentives for broadcasters to sell, and carriers to bid, on prime wireless frequencies. Upcoming spectrum auctions were one of the […]

At Fundraiser, Obama Emphasizes Government Role in Broadband Development Through Recently Announced ConnectEd Program

Broadband's Impact June 19th, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 – President Barack Obama discussed the important role of the federal government in the development of broadband infrastructure at a fundraiser in the wealthy Silicon Valley suburb of Portola Valley on June 6. Obama noted the importance of broadband in the everyday lives of Americans, particularly within the field of education. […]

Utilities’ Economies of Scale for Broadband Fiber + Smart Grid Applications = Ultra-Fast Broadband Everywhere?

Advanced Energy, Expert Opinion, Public Safety, Smart Grid, Wireless June 17th, 2013

June 17, 2013 – The smart grid and broadband go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. And yet why is it so hard to get electric utilities and broadband experts to dialogue on the role that electric companies can play in expanding super-fast broadband? Tomorrow’s June 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club, on Advanced Energy, Smart Grid […]

Obama Launches Plan for More Efficient Federal Spectrum Use, Trumpets Improvements in Broadband Over Past Four Years

Spectrum, Wireless June 17th, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2013 – President Barack Obama on Friday introduced several new initiatives to facilitate more efficient use of radio-frequency spectrum in order to encourage further development of wireless broadband. In addition to investments totaling to $100 million in the development of spectrum-sharing technologies and advanced communications, Obama also directed federal agencies to make […]

Senate-Passed Version of Farm Bill Includes Leahy Amendment Promoting Gigabit Broadband in Rural Areas

Congress, Gigabit Networks, Senate June 17th, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2013 – With Senate passage of the final version of the farm bill on June 10, the debate turns to the House’s schedule for consideration of and potential passage of the measure. The final text of the bill as passed the Senate is available here. From the perspective of broadband deployment, several […]

Conference Explores Privacy Issues in an Increasingly Connected Society

Privacy June 13th, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2013 – Most Americans have a negative view of data gathering and feel that they have little control over what information is available to businesses and the government, according to a poll released Thursday by Allstate and National Journal-Heartland Monitor. However, many Americans also recognize the benefits, including connecting with friends and […]

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