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Andrew Feinberg has 188 articles published.

Broadband's Impact/Wireless

Sen. John Kerry Wades Into Retransmission Consent Spat

WASHINGTON, December 22, 2009 - The annual dance between broadcasters and cable providers gained a new player on Tuesday as Sen John Kerry, D-Mass., sent a letter to executives at Fox and Time Warner Cable urging the companies to resolve their respective issues over retransmission consent between now and December 31, when the current agreement expires. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/FCC

Mark Lloyd, FCC Diversity Chief, Defends Role and Writings

WASHINGTON, December 15, 2009 - "I am not a Czar," Federal Communications Commission Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd declared on Monday, while delivering the keynote at a Media Access Project event on the impact of new media, net neutrality and journalism's future. Lloyd, an attorney based out of the commission's Office of General Counsel, devoted a great deal of his speech to rebutting criticism and accusations regarding his role at the FCC, which began when some right-wing oriented blogs and commentators, including Glenn Beck, began critically examining his prior academic writings on media ownership and diversity of expression. Keep Reading

Rockefeller, Hutchison Would Expand Lifeline Program to Broadband

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2009 - The Broadband Opportunity and Affordability Act, which would direct the FCC to expand the Universal Service Fund's Life Line program to support broadband service, as well as explore programs to subsidize computer ownership for low-income Americans, was introduced in the Senate late Friday with bipartisan support from members of the Senate Commerce Committee. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Privacy

Advocate Alleges ‘Racial Labeling’ in Targeted Online Ads

WASHINGTON, December 9, 2009 - The ubiquity of online advertising is a product of its importance to the internet economy, said a group of consumer advocates Wednesday during a debate on the future of online advertising. But the impact of new targeted advertising methods on consumer privacy and its potential to manipulate online experiences was the subject of heated argument at the event, sponsored by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Keep Reading

FCC

Small Telcos Push for Broadband-Focused Universal Service Reform

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2009 - Broadband should be the central focus of the next generation of the Universal Service Fund, OPASTCO said Monday in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission. TheOrganization for the Promotion and Aid of Small Telecommunications Companies' comments highlight a plan to push affordable broadband to the rural areas those carriers serve. Keep Reading

National Cable and Telecommunication’s ‘Adoption Plus Program’ Born on Discussions with FCC Chiefs

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2009 - The nation's cable television and internet providers are once again making an aggressive push for broadband stimulus funds to be spent on "demand-side" programs as the National Cable and Telecommunications Association announced a pilot program for "Adoption Plus" - a proposal to promote broadband adoption for nearly 3.5 million children of middle school age. The children targeted by the program live in around 1.8 million low-income households that are eligible for the National School Lunch Program and do not receive broadband services. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Copyright

American Cable Association Endorses Time Warner’s Effort to Cap Licensing Costs

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 - A trade association representing small and independent cable television providers has endorsed Time Warner Cable's effort to reign in rising programming licensing fees. The American Cable Association announced on Monday its support for Time Warner's "Roll Over or Get Tough" campaign, which the company launched week as a web site to educate consumers about rising programming costs' effect on bills -- asserting television networks are threatening to cut viewers off from their favorite shows. Keep Reading

Universal Service Fund Needs Overhaul, and Most Want Broadband Included

WASHINGTON, November 18, 2009 - The Universal Service Fund is in need of an overhaul to equalize costs among stakeholders and modernize programs to include broadband services, a group of industry representatives and regulators told the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet during a Tuesday hearing. The hearing examined a discussion draft of the Universal Service Reform Act of 2009, authored by subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. The Universal Service program, which existed for decades before being codified in the 1996 Telecommunications Act, is under "tremendous pressure" and requires a comprehensive effort to reform its operations, Boucher said during opening remarks. Keep Reading

FCC Chairman Commends Mobile Initiative on Chargers

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued a statement on Wednesday praising the mobile phone industry's eff0rts to standardize charger attachments for wireless devices. Industry representatives announced the initiative at the CTIA annual convention in San Diego. The issue of interoperability had been raised in an FCC oversight hearing by House Communications Subcommittee chairman Rich Boucher, D-Va. Keep Reading

Fiber to the Library Gets Momentum with Google, NATOA Endorsements

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2009 - Libraries could serve as platforms for successful use of stimulus funds if existing broadband infrastructure is upgraded to next-generation standards, the Fiber to the Library initiative said Wednesday. The project said that it had received endorsements from Google, the Fiber to the Home project and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Keep Reading

Moving Day at FCC: Adelstein Out, Genachowski In

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 - As newly minted Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski and his senior staff took possession of their eighth floor suite at FCC headquarters on Monday, commissioner Jonathan Adelstein took his leave of the agency to begin the process of confirmation to run the Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Services. Keep Reading

Senate Approves NTIA Head Strickling; Genachowski, McDowell for FCC; Baker, Clyburn on Deck

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2009 - The Senate on Thursday voted to give its consent for Julius Genachowski (D) and Robert McDowell (R) to serve five-year terms on the Federal Communications Commission, with Genachowski holding the gavel as chairman. Also receiving an affirmative vote was Lawrence Strickling, who will head the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act

Broadband Stimulus Program Moving Fast but Looking Forward, says NTIA's Seifert

ARLINGTON, Va., June 19, 2009 - The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program is a "jump start" for President Obama's broadband vision for communities to use information technology to expand and enrich their infrastructure to help revive a slowing economy, said Mark Seifert, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Seifert delivered the morning keynote on the second day of Pike and Fischer's Broadband Policy Summit. Keep Reading

Copps Committed to Broadband Strategy as Vehicle for American Recovery, FCC Reform

ARLINGTON, Va., June 18, 2009 - Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps could not be more pleased with the Obama administration's "real, honest to god commitment" to broadband deployment and with the potential for reshaping the FCC to be more consumer-centered, he said Thursday. Copps delivered the afternoon keynote speech at the Pike and Fischer Broadband Policy Summit. Keep Reading

Boucher 'Has Some Ideas' on Stimulus Definitions, Looks to Genachowski to Lead on National Plan

ARLINGTON, Va., June 18, 2009 - House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., has no plans to influence the Federal Communications Commission's development of a national broadband plan. But speaking Thursday morning at the Pike and Fischer Broadband Policy Summit here, he made clear his experience representing a rural district informs his ideas on how the FCC should assist the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Rural Utilities Service in defining unserved and underserved markets. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

On Cyberbullying, Education and Enforcement Bills Compete for Congressional Action

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2009 - Hill staffers and online safety said Friday that two bills currently before Congress take very different approaches to issues of cyberbullying and online. Speaking at a panel sponsored by the Family Online Safety Institute, CEO Stephen Balkam said that the "key question" of the day was whether or not it is possible to legislate internet safety. Keep Reading

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