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September 2014

FCC Comments

Reply Comments of David Shaw and Drew Clark on the Removal of State Barriers to Broadband Investment and Competition

Before the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Washington, DC 20554 [Original PDF] In the Matter of: Petition of City of Wilson, North Carolina, Pursuant to Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Seeking Removal of State Barriers to Broadband Investment and Competition Petition of Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Pursuant to Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Seeking Removal of State Barriers… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/FCC/Fiber

FCC Chairman Wheeler Continues Push for E-Rate Modernization, Targets ‘Rural Fiber Gap’

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency was committed to modernizing the E-rate program. He made the statement in remarks at the 2014 Educational Technology Summit here in Washington. Schools and libraries participating in the FCC’s E-rate program must pay the best rates available for high-speed connectivity. He said the… Keep Reading

An Active Debate Over Whether Wireless Broadband Must Also Play Under Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – Whether or not mobile Internet providers will be subject to the same net neutrality rules as wired broadband providers has become an increasingly prominent factor in the current debate over net neutrality rules. The proposal laid out by the Federal Communications Commission in May would only be applicable to wired… Keep Reading

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FCC/Media ownership/Net Neutrality

Broadband Roundup: Incumbents Defend Data Caps, Comcast Cites Competition for Merger, and Wheeler Seeks Diversity of Media Ownership

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2014 –Verizon Communications and AT&T are urging the Federal Communications Commission to include the use of data caps in the agency’s definition of broadband. Including usage-based pricing in its definition is important because companies that use universal service funds to build networks in rural areas must accept the standards laid out in… Keep Reading

Connecticut Gigabit Venture Seeks to Build Open Access Broadband Network With Municipal Tools

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 23, 2014 – Connecticut officials planning a Gigabit Network in their state aim to take advantage of three core state broadband assets: An extensive state fiber network, streamlined processes governing rights-of-way, and a single administrative point of contact for infrastructure builds. The mayors and state officials involved in issuing Connecticut’s Request for… Keep Reading

FCC/Fiber/Net Neutrality/Wireless

Broadband Roundup: FTC a Loser Under Title II, Rural Gigabit Projects, and Wireless Sponsored Data

WASHINGTON, September 23, 2014 – In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission noted that some of its regulatory authority would be lost if the FCC decided to regulate broadband as a public utility. The FTC protects the privacy and security of consumer data by imposing obligations on broadband service providers… Keep Reading

Net Neutrality/Wireless

Broadband Roundup: Tech Companies Support Muni Broadband, Open Internet A Civil Rights Issue, Former AT&T Partners Caution Against DirecTV Bid

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2014 – The Internet Association asked the Federal Communications Commission to carefully consider blocking state laws that inhibit municipalities from enlarging their government run Internet networks, The Hill reported. The association, while abstaining from directly asking the federal government to strike down laws in Tennessee and North Carolina, did say that the… Keep Reading

Three Women in Communications Policy Highlight Citizen Participation, Activism and Engagement for Broadband

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 22, 2014 – Three of the most prominent women in communications policy on Thursday highlighted the vital role of citizen participation, activism and corporate engagement to ensure a collective high-speed broadband future. “The next six to eight months are perhaps going to be the most important months in the history of communications… Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

Critics and Supporters of Net Neutrality Trade Claims at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, September 21, 2014 – At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, critics of net neutrality warned against the negative impacts of internet regulation while supporters of net neutrality said that practices by major communications demonstrated the need for such protections. Both former Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell and economist Jeffrey Eisenach said that… Keep Reading

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Title II Reclassification of Broadband On The Table

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 – During a House Small Business Committee meeting on Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler comfortably discoursed on his years as a small business owner. The hearing covered topics including broadband’s impact on small businesses, that lack of rural broadband competition and network neutrality. The FCC “will continue to orient… Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

Broadband for America and Telecommunications Industry Association Reiterates Opposition to Public Utility Regulation

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 – The pro-business advocacy group Broadband for America reinforced its opposition to public utility regulation of broadband providers during a Monday teleconference on net neutrality. Instead, the group said that they support efforts to use Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as a separate way to enforce open internet… Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

Broadband Roundup: Advocacy Groups Weigh in Pro-and-Con on Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 – A variety of developments on the battle regarding network neutrality: FreePress Tells FCC Title II Ensures Net Neutrality Protections The advocacy group Free Press blasted Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s efforts to use Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as the means to enough to ensure network… Keep Reading

Broadband Data

Important Resources for Broadband and Planning

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 16, 2014 – Below are several links of interest to professionals involved in broadband planning: PLANNING RESOURCES “Partnership for a Connected Illinois and Internet Expansion in Illinois 1996 to 2011,” By Drew Clark and Layton Olson, Spring 2012, American Planning Association, Spring 2012, or APA Resource Page “Broadband Infrastructure: Should Local Government… Keep Reading

Announcement and Support of Government Could Lead to First State-Wide Gigabit Network in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn., September 16, 2014 – Connecticut state and city leaders on Monday announced a nationally-praised effort to build the first all-state Gigabit Network. The mayors of the state’s second- and fourth-largest cities, New Haven and Stamford, joined with state legislative leaders, the state’s Comptroller, and others to seek to create an “open access” fiber-optic… Keep Reading

Expert Opinion/Health

Expert Opinion: Telehealth Provides Antidote for ‘Help Wanted’ in Rural America

Rural Americans are sicker, poorer and more likely to be uninsured than their urban counterparts. Vital human capital links in our nation’s information and healthcare supply chain are missing in rural America, and we need more skilled health care professionals in those communities. Telehealth capabilities offer an antidote to the rural health care conundrum by… Keep Reading

Broadband Roundup: California Public Utilities Commission Delays Title II Regulation

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 – Set to pass a proposal enduring public utility regulation of broadband providers under Title II of the Communications Act, the California Public Utilities Commission instead put the proposal on hold, reported Multichannel News. The proposal endorsing Title II regulation was believed to have passed on a 3-2 vote on September… Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

How Internet Companies Are Driving a Public Utility Regulation Approach to Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – In what would have seemed highly unlikely just a few months ago, growing support for public utility regulation is emerging. Tech companies, politicians, internet service providers, and component makers have started to outline their views regarding their policy approach to the issue of net neutrality. In order to understand the… Keep Reading

Infrastructure

New Haven, West Hartford and Stamford to Announce Gigabit Network Initiative in Connecticut on Monday

HARTFORD, Conn., September 12, 2014 – A major initiative to bring Gigabit Networks throughout Connecticut is scheduled to be announced here on Monday by mayors or deputy mayors of New Haven, West Hartford, Stamford, along with state legislative and executive branch leaders. The broadband infrastructure initiative will be announced at 2 p.m. on Monday. Blair… Keep Reading

Net Neutrality

Broadband Roundup: Senate Announces Hearings on Open Internet, While House Democratcs Urge FCC to Regulate Broadband, and Popular Web Sites Protest ‘Slow Lanes’

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2014 – The Senate Judiciary Committee announced that it had scheduled a hearing next Wednesday on the best means to protect an open internet. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he saw the hearing as an opportunity to hear testimony about his views regarding importance of a free and open internet. Leahy and Rep.… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

Battle For The Net

Source: www.battleforthenet.com This could be an interesting development…. We will be watching to see if this advocacy effort gains traction. See on Scoop.it – BroadbandPolicy Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

Washington Responds to FCC’s Wheeler on Broadband Competition | Benton Foundation

CourFederal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that broadband users need Internet connections of at least 25 megabits per second — far beyond what DSL connections are capable of providing. He also confirmed that users have few if any competitive options for these kinds of modern broadband services. Here’s some of the reaction. Source: benton.org… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

Broadband Conference in Western Massachusetts Aims to Highlight Internet’s Role in Economic Development

September 5, 2014 – Broadband Communities Magazine is hosting its third annual conference on the role that broadband plays in economic development from Tues., Sept. 16 through Thurs., Sept. 18 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The conference builds on successful prior event held in Danville, Virginia, in fall 2012; and in Tinley Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago,… Keep Reading

U.S. Commerce Department Promotes Community Networks in Minneapolis Broadband Workshop

September 5, 2014 – The agency responsible for articulating President Obama’s communications policy is taking its campaign to promote community broadband initiatives on the road, and on Thursday in Minneapolis hosted its second workshop on the topic. The event, “Building a Community Broadband Roadmap,” featured remarks by Glenn Reynolds, chief of staff at the U.S.… Keep Reading

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Promotes Google Fiber’s Impact on Competition and Gigabit Networks

WASHINGTON, September 5, 2014 – Google Fiber has been perhaps the primary driver of the current push toward high-speed internet in the United States, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech here yesterday on the future of broadband competition. In an otherwise general speech that failed to mention major communications companies like… Keep Reading

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