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About: An intern at the National Journalism Center and a student at American University’s Washington Semester Program, Christina is a Reporter-Researcher for BroadbandBreakfast.com. She is a student at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
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Articles written by Christina Kirchner:

    Genachowski: Broadband is the ‘Platform’ for All Forms of Communication

    FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality November 23rd, 2009

    WASHINGTON, November 23, 2009 – In an interview for C-SPAN’s “The Communicators” series, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke of the national broadband plan that is currently being put together, as well as the short term progress that has happened in relation to broadband.

    The broadband “platform,” according to Genachowski, is a platform that everyone takes part in; from communicating with friends and family, to communicating for working purpose. Even now, engaging with the government and its services is done on this platform.

    Speakers Want Open Internet Access Around The World

    Net Neutrality November 22nd, 2009

    WASHINGTON, November 22, 2009 – Speakers at a telecommunications law conference held last week touched on the importance of having unfiltered access to the Internet around the world.

    “The freedom of speech implies a freedom of access,” said Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature Du Net. “This is a form of participating in politics and with other citizens,” he continued at the second annual University of Nebraska College of Law’s Space and Telecom Law Conference held in Washington on Thursday.

    Open Access Rules Touted as Prescription For Low U.S. Broadband Rank

    Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality November 19th, 2009

    WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 – The United States has lost a lot of ground concerning internet expansion, adoption and affordability – ranking below the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Korea – according to experts at a telecom conference on Thursday.

    Additionally, said Debra Lathen, board member of British Telecom, the U.S. is plagued by battles over efforts to intrude upon network neutrality. That is not the case in the United Kingdom, she said. Such a problem does not exist in England.

    Towards Universal Broadband: Flexible Broadband Pricing and the Digital Divide

    Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan November 16th, 2009

    WASHINGTON, November 16, 2009 – The difference in the adoption of high-speed internet technology between the technological savvy and the unsophisticated may not constitute a digital divide so much as a lag between lower- and high-income groups, according to experts assembled by the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.

    In a report by Kevin Hassett and Robert Shapiro, “Towards Universal Broadband Flexible Broadband Pricing and the Digital Divide,” the authors honed in on the effects broadband pricing. They presented their research at a Friday morning event.

    Small Disadvantaged Business May Get Leg Up in Broadband Stimulus

    Broadband Stimulus, FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan, NTIA November 12th, 2009

    WASHINGTON, November 12, 2009 – While the economy is slowly turning itself around, small and disadvantaged businesses face problems gaining capital, according to panelists speaking at the Federal Communications Commission national broadband plan workshop on November 12.

    Small disadvantaged businesses are businesses that are at least 51 percent owned or controlled by an individual or a group of individuals who are deemed as economically or socially disadvantaged. They are deemed disadvantaged by the Small Business Administration.

    Field Hearing: People With Disabilities Need Minor Modifications for Broadband to Work

    Broadband's Impact, FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan November 9th, 2009

    WASHINGTON, November 9, 2009 – Panelists at a Federal Communications Commission field hearing on Friday agreed that there should be a national broadband plan that made high-speed internet connections accessible to everyone, including those with hearing, visual and other disabilities. “A national broadband plan is not national if not accessible to everyone,” said Michael Richert, director of public policy for the American Foundation for the Blind.

    Balancing Broadband Supply and Demand in Quest to Stoke High-Speed Internet Adoption

    Broadband's Impact, FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan November 5th, 2009

    WASHINGTON, November 5, 2009 – Panelists at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation on Friday agreed that price and digital literacy have created a barrier to broadband demand that can affect more than just broadband adoption.

    At Field Hearing on Online Adoption, Commissioner Copps Laments Internet-Only Want Ads

    FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan November 5th, 2009

    October 6, 2009 – The Federal Communication Commission hosted a “field hearing” in Charleston, S.C., on October 6, 2009, as part of as part of its series of workshops and testimony in preparing a national broadband plan. One panel at the hearing focused on expanding digital literacy to the elderly, and to those whose professions rely heavily on the Internet.

    Book: Digital Cultures Create Intangible Assets for New Economy Businesses

    Broadband's Impact October 20th, 2009

    WASHINGTON, October 20, 2009 – The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released their newest book, “Wired for Innovation: How information technology is reshaping the economy,” by Erik Brynjolfsson and Adam Sanders. With innovation a key ingredient in the information technology revolution, the book explores topics such as, what are the business practices that enhance productivity and organizational capital?

    Health Care Ripe to Join the Technology Revolution, Panelists Say at Broadband Breakfast Club

    Broadband's Impact October 13th, 2009

    WASHINGTON, October 13, 2009 – Hospitals and health care are the last of the industrial-age institutions that have yet to go online as department stores, banks, and venues entertainment have already gone, panelists said at the Broadband Breakfast Club Tuesday morning.

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