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September 2013

Next Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event – on FirstNet – to Take Place on Tuesday, October 15, at 11 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2013 - Following the successful launch of its first Broadband Breakfast Club virtual event, the company announced its second FREE webinar, to take place on Tuesday, October 15, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT. The event will feature a discussion on the topic of "How Will FirstNet Improve Public Safety Communications?" REGISTER NOW for the Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/FCC

Comcast Connects More Than 220,000 Families Through Internet Essentials Program, Touts Accomplishments at Event with FCC Commissioner

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2013 – Comcast has connected more than 220,000 families to broadband service through its low-income Internet Essentials program during the first two years of the program, the cable giant said Tuesday. “Compared to a year ago we have more than doubled the number of families here in the D.C. area who are… Keep Reading

Discussion of Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event on High-Capacity Applications and Gigabit Connectivity

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2013 - The Broadband Breakfast Club released the first video of its Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event, on "How High-Capacity Applications Are Driving Gigabit Connectivity." The dialogue featured Dr. Glenn Ricart, Chief Technology Officer, US IGNITESheldon Grizzle of GigTank in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Todd MarriottExecutive Director of UTOPIA, the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, and Drew ClarkChairman and Publisher, BroadbandBreakfast.com. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

Register Now for Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event on Tuesday, September 24, at 11 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON, September 23, 2013 - The Broadband Breakfast Club is going virtual! Building on our five years in leading the conversation on broadband policy and internet technology, we're hosting a FREE September Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event. REGISTER NOW for the Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event On the topic of "How High-Capacity Applications Are Driving Gigabit Connectivity," The event will feature a question-and-answer session between Dr. Glenn Ricart, Chief Technology Officer, US IGNITE, and Drew Clark, Chairman and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com. Additional comments will be made by Sheldon Grizzle , Founder and Co-Director of GIGTANK in Chattanooga -- one of the first Gigabit Cities -- and others have been invited. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT. Keep Reading

Obama Administration Continues Follow-through on Broadband Infrastructure Executive Order

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2013 – Demonstrating a thoroughness in following through on its broadband policy initiatives, the Obama administration on Monday highlighted the launch of several new broadband tracking tools. These tools including interactive asset maps, a web-based dashboard focusing on access to rights of way, and a series of best practices for “dig once”… Keep Reading

NTIA

NTIA to Host Workshop on ConnectED at 12:30 p.m. on Monday October 7

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2013 – The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced that it would convene a meeting of stakeholders from the education, technology, and government sectors to share ideas, discuss policies, and consider promising strategies for achieving the President’s goal of connecting virtually all K-12 students in the United States to next-generation… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Copyright/FCC/NTIA

Cell Phone Unlocking Picks Up Steam With Administration Urging Permanent Action by FCC

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2013 – The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday urged the Federal Communications Commission take action to permit consumers to “unlock” their cellular phones. The Obama administration is urging the agency to allow consumers to purchase and make use of any wireless provider’s service with any cellular device, provided that the consumer is… Keep Reading

Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission Oral Argument Today on Net Neutrality

September 9, 2013 – Monday marks the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ long-awaited oral arguments in Verizon Communication’s challenge to Federal Communications Commission’s 2008 rules governing network neutrality, or rules requiring that internet companies not offer discounted services for web businesses that prioritize traffic over their particular internet networks. On Friday, the New America Foundation’s… Keep Reading

Using a Map of Communities Receiving Connect America Funds, FCC Uses Rigorous Approach to Targeting Broadband Subsidies

WASHINGTON, September 6, 2013 – The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday released a map demonstrating the location of more than 600,000 homes and business targeted to receive higher-speed broadband connections. The map, dubbed the “Connect America Fund, Phase I, Round 2,” follows on the FCC’s announcement, on August 21, 2013, that eight telecommunications providers are… Keep Reading

NTIA/Public Safety/Spectrum/Wireless

Commerce Department Continues State Planning Grants for FirstNet; Special Review Committee Set for Next Week

WASHINGTON, September 6, 2013 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Commerce Department on Friday announced that it had awarded planning grants for seven states and two territories to help prepare for the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet. The awards, to Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and… Keep Reading

Tech Industry and Non-Profit Groups Criticize National Security Agency’s Encryption-Cracking

WASHINGTON, September 6, 2013 – In the wake of reports in The New York Times, ProPublica, and The Guardian that the National Security Agency had embarked on a system of cracking widespread industry-used encryption protocols, at least one industry group and non-profit organization highlighted the need for the nation to “redraw its boundaries around surveillance.” According to a statement… Keep Reading

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