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Fiber

Verizon Launches New Top-Tier ‘Quantum Internet’ Service

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2013 — Last Monday, Verizon announced that it would release a new high speed FiOS Quantum Internet service, providing download speeds of 500 megabits-per-second and upload speeds of 100 Mbps. The new speeds are a drastic improvement on most other connections, allowing large files to be sent as easily as a simple email.… Keep Reading

Privacy

PRISM Revelations Will Harm Digital Trade, ITIF Panel Says

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2013 — The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation held a panel on the impact of the National Security Agency’s PRISM program on digital trade last Wednesday. Ambassador Phil Verveer, former coordinator of international communication and information policy, said recent revelations about the PRISM program have not added any real substance to concerns over… Keep Reading

IP Transition

Senate Hearing Explores Issues Surrounding Wireline Communications

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2013 — The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet held a hearing examining the implications of the transition to Internet Protocol for wireline communications on Thursday. Several of the witnesses stressed the need for modernization, both in terms of regulations and technology. Gigi Sohn, President of Public Knowledge, stated that now… Keep Reading

Hearing Examines Implementation of Incentive Auction

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2013 — The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing Tuesday on the upcoming spectrum auction, focusing primarily on possible restrictions on larger carriers and efforts to ensure that broadcasters are treated fairly. The question of whether or not to impose restrictions on AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. dominated much… Keep Reading

Infrastructure

FTTH Unveils Gigabit Network Proposal

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 — The Fiber to the Home Council Americas released its proposal to the Federal Communications Commission for a Gigabit Communities Race to the Top Program on Tuesday. FTTH Council Americas held a media conference call discussing the proposal and highlighting the success of Kansas City, which already has a gigabit network.… Keep Reading

Infrastructure

FTTH Council Petitions FCC to Enact Gigabit Program

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 — The Fiber to the Home Council Americas will propose a Gigabit Communities Race to the Top program to the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to complement the commission’s recent decision to modernize the E-Rate program. The purpose of the proposal is to spur the development of ultra-high speed broadband networks… Keep Reading

Broadband TV

Broadband Breakfast Club Addresses Future of Over the Top Video, Centers on Transition from Linear to ‘On-Demand’ Viewing

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2013 — July’s Broadband Breakfast Club, “Over the Top: Broadband Video’s Impact on Future TV,” centered on the transition from video distribution on television to distribution directly over broadband connections. Eric Wolf, Vice President for Technology Strategy and Planning at the Public Broadcasting Service, presented a number of statistics that demonstrate that… Keep Reading

Panel Points to Broadband as Wealth Gap Solution

A panel of experts discussed the causes and possible solutions of the wealth gap that exists between whites and minorities at the Minority Media and Telecom Council’s eleventh annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference on Tuesday. Maureen Lewis, Director of the Minority Telecommunications Department of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, placed a… Keep Reading

MMTC Conference Kicks Off with Legislative Panel

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2013 – The Minority Media and Telecom Council began its eleventh annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference with a lunch panel of legislators discussing efforts to increase minority access on Tuesday. In his keynote speech, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-NC, discussed efforts at the federal level. He noted that access to broadband… Keep Reading

At National Town Meeting on Smart Grid, Leaders Tout Role of ‘Microgrids’ in Energy Efficiency Projects

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2013 – Several leaders of microgrid initiatives from around the country spoke on the successes of their projects at the National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid on Thursday. First, Tom Vosburg, Policy and Project Manager for Fort Collins Utilities Light and Power Operation, discussed the Renewable and Distributed Systems… Keep Reading

Panel Analyzes Benefits and Challenges of Cloud Computing for Government Agencies

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2013 – A panel of experts discussed the potential for the use of cloud computing by federal agencies at an event held by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation on Wednesday morning. The security of cloud computing was a primary concern for many of the panelists. Matt Wood, General Manager of Data… Keep Reading

Experts Discuss Future of Smart Grids, Advanced Meters and the Need for Standards

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2013 – A panel discussion held Wednesday afternoon addressed advances in smart grid technology as well as the challenge ahead for the future, at the 10th annual National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid. Jason Wilson, Senior Vice President of Business Management and Product Development for On-Ramp Wireless, said that… Keep Reading

Commerce Department’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration Highlights Successes Using Broadband in Education

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration described the projects that are already underway that will help achieve the goals laid out in President Barack Obama’s ConnectEd program in a blog post on Monday. Currently, 75 percent of the NTIA’s 116 network infrastructure projects are providing connections to schools. However, schools… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Health

Commissioner Rosenworcel Calls Telemedicine a Solution to Lowering Healthcare Costs and Improving Quality

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 – Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel discussed the increasingly important role of telemedicine at the American Telemedicine Association Policy Summit on Friday. Rosenworcel described the growing use of telemedicine, with 10 million Americans benefitting from it in the last year. She highlighted its ability to bring specialists to people who… Keep Reading

Institute for Local Self-Reliance Releases Wireless Fact Sheet to Educate Policy Makers

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2013 – The Institute for Local Self-Reliance released a fact sheet describing the basic principles behind wireless internet technology and policy on June 17. The fact sheet defines the basic terminology associated with wireless internet such as fixed wireless and data caps. It describes the differences between licensed and unlicensed spectrum and… Keep Reading

Commerce Department Updates Its Map of Projects Funded by Broadband Stimulus Measure

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2013 – In a blog post on June 18, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration highlighted its interactive map of broadband projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The map displays projects by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and State Broadband Initiative, which are funded by $4 billion investment from… Keep Reading

Broadband Breakfast Club Video on Smart Grid Initiative Plays Up Fiber and Wireless Role for Advanced Energy

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2013 – The status of the development of the national smart grid and its relationship to broadband buildouts was the center of discussion at the June 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club. The concept of smart grid is a marriage of intelligence and communications, said David Wollman, Deputy Director of the Smart Grid and… Keep Reading

Subcommittee Hearing Assesses Spectrum Clearing and Sharing Approaches

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 – Witnesses from government agencies and private industry underscored the importance of making more efficient use of radio-frequency spectrum, including sharing and utilization of new technology, at a hearing on Thursday afternoon. In his opening remarks at the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rep.… Keep Reading

Panel Discusses Spectrum Auctions, Internet Protocol Transition, and Broadband Adoption as Key Technology Policy Areas

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 – Spectrum policy, technology training and elevating the levels of broadband adoption and usage dominated a panel discussion here Wednesday, dubbed “The X-Factors of Tech Policy Today: Keeping Pace in the Broadband Race,” and hosted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. During the panel at the event, Rick… Keep Reading

Mobile Broadband/Wireless

New CEA Group Seeks to Set Standards to Reduce Distracted Driving

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 – The Consumer Electronics Association announced the formation of a group that will work to establish industry standards for designing devices in ways that will minimize distraction while operating vehicles earlier this week. The group, created by the CEA’s Portable Handheld and In-Vehicle Electronics Committee, will work to suggest standards for… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

At Fundraiser, Obama Emphasizes Government Role in Broadband Development Through Recently Announced ConnectEd Program

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 – President Barack Obama discussed the important role of the federal government in the development of broadband infrastructure at a fundraiser in the wealthy Silicon Valley suburb of Portola Valley on June 6. Obama noted the importance of broadband in the everyday lives of Americans, particularly within the field of education.… Keep Reading

Spectrum/Wireless

Obama Launches Plan for More Efficient Federal Spectrum Use, Trumpets Improvements in Broadband Over Past Four Years

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2013 – President Barack Obama on Friday introduced several new initiatives to facilitate more efficient use of radio-frequency spectrum in order to encourage further development of wireless broadband. In addition to investments totaling to $100 million in the development of spectrum-sharing technologies and advanced communications, Obama also directed federal agencies to make… Keep Reading

Privacy

Conference Explores Privacy Issues in an Increasingly Connected Society

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2013 – Most Americans have a negative view of data gathering and feel that they have little control over what information is available to businesses and the government, according to a poll released Thursday by Allstate and National Journal-Heartland Monitor. However, many Americans also recognize the benefits, including connecting with friends and… Keep Reading

AT&T CEO Urges Few Rules on Wireless Carriers’ Ability to Bid in Spectrum Auctions; Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor Agrees

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2013 – Concerns over spectrum policy and data privacy dominated the conversation between AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson and Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., at a Wednesday panel on “Accelerating the Mobile Technology Revolution” at the Brookings Institution. Stephenson praised the approach that the Federal Communications Commission has taken with the incentive… Keep Reading

Creating Innovation-Friendly Environment and Promoting Seemless Transition to Internet Protocol Services Discussed at The Cable Show

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 – Creating an innovation-friendly environment and facilitating the internet protocol transition were featured as two Federal Communications Commission legal advisers spoke Tuesday at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association’s Cable Show. The panel consisted of Matthew Berry, chief of staff for FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Alex Hoehn-Saric, policy director for… Keep Reading

FCC Acting Chairwoman Praises Cable Industry, Calls for More Broadband Adoption and Use

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 – Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn discussed her work at the agency and her plans for the future of the FCC with National Cable and Telecommunications CEO Michael Powell at the opening session of the second day of the NCTA’s annual Cable Show. Clyburn described the success of the… Keep Reading

Congressional Panel at The Cable Show Highlights Spectrum, Net Neutrality, and Universal Service Issues

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 – Spectrum policy, net neutrality, and Universal Service Fund reforms were among the topics discussed by congressional staffers at The Cable Show panel entitled “Capitol Perspectives: Commerce Committee Staffers on Communications Policy.” The panel, held at the annual convention of the National Cable and Telecommunications Associations on Monday, consisted of eight… Keep Reading

President Obama Unveils Ultra High Speed Initiative for Broadband in Education at Middle School in North Carolina

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2013 – President Barack Obama announced a new plan – dubbed ConnectEd – to expand ultra high-speed broadband access to nearly all schools in the country during a speech at Mooreville Middle School in North Carolina this afternoon. The initiative, entitled ConnectEd, aims to bring wired broadband and wireless access to 99… Keep Reading

If These Experts Were the FCC Chairman, They Would Eliminate or Modernize Outdated Regulations

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 – The new Federal Communications Commission chairman needs to eliminate or modernize outdated regulations, according to a consensus of panelists at a Tuesday seminar, “If I Were the FCC Chairman,” hosted by the conservative Free State Foundation. The panel consisted of Gail MacKinnon, executive vice president and chief government relations officer… Keep Reading

At Computerworld Honors Program, NTIA’s Broadband Stimulus Projects Take Home 16 of 269 Awards

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 – On Monday night, the Computerworld Honors Program recognized 16 programs funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program at its annual Computerworld Honors Awards Gala here. The panel of judges for the organization selected 269 winner from more than 700 nominees. Of the winners, 16 were… Keep Reading

FCC/People

FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn Announces New Staff

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 – Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn announced the addition of several new staff members. Clyburn appointed P. Michelle Ellison as her Chief of Staff. Ellison previously the chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau and has frequently advised Commissioners on legal issues involved in regulating the communications industry. Dave Grimaldi,… Keep Reading

Farm Bill Debate in Senate on Thursday; Numerous Amendments Dealing with Broadband

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013 – On Tuesday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, kicked off the new debate on the Senate’s  consideration of the farm bill when the chamber returns to session on Thursday morning.  A number of amendments proposed to the measure impact broadband in rural areas.. An amendment by Sen. Maria Cantwell,… Keep Reading

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