State Telecom Regulators Urge ‘Sunshine Law’ Reform
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, States, Transparency
April 15th, 2010
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2010 — Federal laws designed to guarantee public access to certain data should be revised to allow members of the Federal Communications Commission to meet more often and work together more efficiently, a group of state telecommunications regulators told members of a House committee in a Wednesday letter.
Senators Grill FCC Chief Over National Broadband Plan
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality, States
April 15th, 2010
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2010 – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission defended his agency and its National Broadband Plan while facing the business end of a double-barreled, bipartisan shotgun of criticism on Wednesday.
Commerce Department Inspector General Scores BTOP
Broadband Stimulus, FCC
April 14th, 2010
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2010 – After a post-grant review found numerous inefficiencies and unforeseen problems in the first round of Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grants caused by the sheer size of the program, Commerce Department Inspector General demanded that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration create a plan to improve the efficiency and fairness of both the application process and overall management of BTOP.
FCC Chairman Sees Mobile Broadband as Key to Nation’s Economic Growth
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless
April 13th, 2010
LAS VEGAS, April 13, 2010 — As the United States passes through a “transformative digital age,” closing the gap between spectrum demand and availability will be crucial to the nation’s economic growth and global leadership in mobile broadband, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski told attendees Tuesday at the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention.
Economists Say Network Neutrality Has Its Place, But Not Now
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality
April 13th, 2010
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2009 – Although a group of economists acknowledged that regulation of internet services could benefit consumers, they’ve concluded that their analyses of current market conditions shows that network neutrality regulations would be a tremendous impediment to the nation’s growth and prosperity.
Telecom Industry Players Pleased with D.C. Circuit Court Ruling for Comcast
FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
April 12th, 2010
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2010 – Players in the telecommunications industry were elated last Tuesday as the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to regulate broadband service under the principles promulgated in the Commission’s Internet Policy Statement.
House Lawmakers Praise, Question FCC’s Broadband Plan
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Transparency
March 26th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – The Federal Communication Commission’s National Broadband Plan is an ambitious blueprint for the country’s future containing lofty goals and pragmatic solutions, and implementing it will require action from the agency and lawmakers, experts said Thursday at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Near-Universal Chorus of Agreement Greets National Broadband Plan; Parties Seek Their Good in Blueprint
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless
March 15th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2010 – An executive summary of the Federal Communications Commission’s forthcoming National Broadband Plan drew near-unanimous praise from stakeholders on the eve of the full plan’s release, with industry groups, public interest advocates and lawmakers all weighing in positively as they became aware of the agency’s intentions.
Genachowski Pledges New Commitment to Broadband for Indian Country
Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan
March 3rd, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 3, 2010 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Tuesday announced a new initiative to remedy the low penetration and adoption rate for broadband among Native Americans. In previous remarks on the subject Genachowski had characterized the status of broadband in Indian Country as a “disgrace” and vowed to include a fix in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.
Spectrum Bills Move Quickly Through House Subcommittee
January 21st, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 21, 2010 – The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet approved by voice vote legislation to inventory and help reallocate the nation’s wireless spectrum.