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June 2013

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

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… Keep Reading

Subcommittee Hearing Assesses Spectrum Clearing and Sharing Approaches

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.… Keep Reading

Spectrum/Wireless

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

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… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

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

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.… Keep Reading

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

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… Keep Reading

Spectrum/Wireless

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

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… Keep Reading

Privacy

Conference Explores Privacy Issues in an Increasingly Connected Society

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… Keep Reading

AT&T CEO Urges Few Rules on Wireless Carriers’ Ability to Bid in Spectrum Auctions; Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor Agrees

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2013 - Concerns over spectrum policy and data privacy dominated the conversation between AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson and Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., at a Wednesday panel on “Accelerating the Mobile Technology Revolution” at the Brookings Institution. Stephenson praised the approach that the Federal Communications Commission has taken with the incentive… Keep Reading

Register for the June Broadband Breakfast Club Event: ‘Advanced Energy, Smart Grid and Fiber to the Home: Using Advanced Energy to Jumpstart Fiber Builds’

Washington, Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 -  BroadbandBreakfast.com will hold its June 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club event: "Advanced Energy, Smart Grid and Fiber to the Home: Using Advanced Energy to Jumpstart Fiber Builds" on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at Clyde's of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 8 am - 10 am.… Keep Reading

Creating Innovation-Friendly Environment and Promoting Seemless Transition to Internet Protocol Services Discussed at The Cable Show

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 - Creating an innovation-friendly environment and facilitating the internet protocol transition were featured as two Federal Communications Commission legal advisers spoke Tuesday at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association’s Cable Show. The panel consisted of Matthew Berry, chief of staff for FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Alex Hoehn-Saric, policy director for… Keep Reading

FCC Acting Chairwoman Praises Cable Industry, Calls for More Broadband Adoption and Use

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 - Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn discussed her work at the agency and her plans for the future of the FCC with National Cable and Telecommunications CEO Michael Powell at the opening session of the second day of the NCTA’s annual Cable Show. Clyburn described the success of the… Keep Reading

Congressional Panel at The Cable Show Highlights Spectrum, Net Neutrality, and Universal Service Issues

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 - Spectrum policy, net neutrality, and Universal Service Fund reforms were among the topics discussed by congressional staffers at The Cable Show panel entitled “Capitol Perspectives: Commerce Committee Staffers on Communications Policy.” The panel, held at the annual convention of the National Cable and Telecommunications Associations on Monday, consisted of eight… Keep Reading

President Obama Unveils Ultra High Speed Initiative for Broadband in Education at Middle School in North Carolina

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2013 - President Barack Obama announced a new plan – dubbed ConnectEd – to expand ultra high-speed broadband access to nearly all schools in the country during a speech at Mooreville Middle School in North Carolina this afternoon. The initiative, entitled ConnectEd, aims to bring wired broadband and wireless access to 99… Keep Reading

If These Experts Were the FCC Chairman, They Would Eliminate or Modernize Outdated Regulations

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 - The new Federal Communications Commission chairman needs to eliminate or modernize outdated regulations, according to a consensus of panelists at a Tuesday seminar, “If I Were the FCC Chairman,” hosted by the conservative Free State Foundation. The panel consisted of Gail MacKinnon, executive vice president and chief government relations officer… Keep Reading

At Computerworld Honors Program, NTIA’s Broadband Stimulus Projects Take Home 16 of 269 Awards

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 – On Monday night, the Computerworld Honors Program recognized 16 programs funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program at its annual Computerworld Honors Awards Gala here. The panel of judges for the organization selected 269 winner from more than 700 nominees. Of the winners, 16 were… Keep Reading

FCC/People

FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn Announces New Staff

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 - Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn announced the addition of several new staff members. Clyburn appointed P. Michelle Ellison as her Chief of Staff. Ellison previously the chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau and has frequently advised Commissioners on legal issues involved in regulating the communications industry. Dave Grimaldi,… Keep Reading

Farm Bill Debate in Senate on Thursday; Numerous Amendments Dealing with Broadband

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 – On Tuesday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, kicked off the new debate on the Senate’s  consideration of the farm bill when the chamber returns to session on Thursday morning.  A number of amendments proposed to the measure impact broadband in rural areas.. An amendment by Sen. Maria Cantwell,… Keep Reading

Start!Forum Meeting on June 12 Will Discuss Transition to an All-Internet Protocol Network — Event Co-Sponsored by BroadbandBreakfast.com

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 – BroadbandBreakfast.com will co-sponsor the first annual Start!Forum, along with co-hosts the Voice Communication Exchange Committee (VCXC), the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA). The Forum will be held at the Wiley Rein Conference Center, 1776 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006, from 8:30… Keep Reading

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