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David Cup has 25 articles published.

Sen. Franken Sees Net Neutrality an Important First Amendment Issue

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2010 – Sen. Al Franken says that he believes “net neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time, and the merger of Comcast and NBC is an enormous concern. ”If no one stops the Comcast and NBC merger, Franken asked: “How long do you think it will take before four or five mega corporations affectively control the flow of the information in America not only on television but online?” Keep Reading

FCC, FDA Partner to Address Health Technologies Using Spectrum

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2010 – To plug it in and keep it beating, these two agencies must keep on meeting was the general theme of a panel discussion Monday convened by the Federal Communications Commission and Food and Drug Administration to address the current state of wireless health, and the lessons learned in those fields. Keep Reading

Mobile Broadband/Privacy

Is Apple Big Brother?

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2010 – Buried within a 40 page privacy policy Apple says that it will share location data with its partners. “Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device.” With increased concern by consumers about the collection and use of location data and other personal data being shared with advertisers Reps. Edward Markey and Joe Barton sent Apple CEO Steve Jobs a letter requesting information on the policy and services. Keep Reading

Tech and Content Industry Still at Loggerheads Over Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Deal

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2010 – Major U.S. technology companies are worrying over an international trade agreement currently under negotiations because they see it as putting them on shaky legal ground. At the third Intellectual Property Breakfast Club held by BroadbandBreakfast.com, panelists argued over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and its potential impact on the technology industry. Keep Reading

FCC/Wireless

Public Safety Alliance Claims to Need More Spectrum

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2010 – The Public Safety Alliance recently released a paper outlining what the alliance claims were dangerous assumptions in the Federal Communications Commissions’ Capacity white paper. The PSA says, “The Commission studied three tragic moderately sized real disasters in its white paper. However, it failed to utilize data from more extensive real world situations like the attacks in New York on 9/11 or from Hurricane Katrina. The public safety community is left to wonder if anything has been learned from these disasters Keep Reading

FCC Chairman Responds to Senators Questions on Broadband

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission responded to senators' questions generated after he testified before them in April on the National Broadband Plan and other issues. Genachowki had appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee on April 14 and 64 pages of follow-up questions covered everything from reallocation of spectrum to coverage of Native American lands and Hawaii. Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

Rep. Inslee Asks FCC to Support Title II Reclassification

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2010 –Rep. Jay Inslee, who sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, sent the letter signed by Reps. Barney Frank, Donna Edwards, and John Tierney among others to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowsk urging him to reclassify broadband as a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Keep Reading

Fiber/Recovery Act/States

West Virginia to Build State Wide Fiber Network

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2010 – In March, West Virginia was awarded $126 million from the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program. The federal money was granted to create a statewide high-speed broadband network of 45mbps down, for all public schools, libraries, health-care facilities and fire and police departments. Keep Reading

Edward Lazarus Compares Electricity Expansion to Broadband

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2010 – At today’s Pike and Fischer Broadband Policy Summit Edward Lazarus, Chief of Staff for the Federal Communications Commission, was the first keynote speaker. Using electricity as an analogous system to broadband he spoke about the need for government action to expand adoption and availability. Lazarus invoked the creation of the Rural Electrification Agency as a possible model for the expansion of broadband. Keep Reading

Forbearance and Reclassification – It’s Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2010 – FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn spoke at the Media Institute last week on the issue of broadband authority and regulation. She devoted the majority of her remarks to debunking the concerns of critics who oppose the FCC’s recent proposal to reclassify broadband Internet services under section II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Keep Reading

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