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Lindsey Sutphin

Lindsey Sutphin has 29 articles published.

Privacy

Facebook, Google, and Apple Ease Privacy Concerns of Senators

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2010 – Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation are worried about unclear consumer online privacy policies and the negative effects of targeted advertising. Representatives from Apple, Facebook, Google, The Cato Institute, AT&T, and the Annenberg School for Communication overviewed their current privacy policies and tools, and outlined the future of their privacy controls. Keep Reading

Mobile Broadband/Wireless

LightSquared to Launch New LTE Network

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2010- LightSquared, a new broadband wireless data network, is expected to cover 92 percent of the United States population with LTE by 2015. Private-equity firm Harbinger Capital Partners announced its LightSquared network on July 20, and is expected to officially launch the network sometime next year. The network will initially start in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver and Baltimore. Keep Reading

FCC

FCC not Helping Minorities Claims Minority Media & Telecom Council

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2010. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is not making adequate achievements in including minorities and women, according to David Honig, president and executive director of the Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC). As a matter of fact, he says market barriers and lack of opportunity are decreasing minority involvement in the broadband, telecom, and media industries. Keep Reading

FCC/Spectrum/Wireless

Genachowski Announces Creation of Spectrum Data Inventory

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010 -The Federal Communications Commission will increase its transparency by overseeing the creation of a spectrum inventory that includes users and license holders, agency Chairman Julius Genachowski told senators in a Thursday letter. Last May, Senators John D. Rockefeller and John Kerry asked Genachowski and the FCC to create a comprehensive database of spectrum users and licensees. Genachowski’s Thursday reply said that the FCC is now taking an inventory of all spectrum users and licensees. Keep Reading

Smart Grid

General Electric Ecomagination Seeks Project Ideas for Smart Grid

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010. General Electric is seeking project ideas for renewable energy, electric grid efficiency, and ecobuilding technologies through its Ecomagination Challenge. There is over $200 million invested in this innovation experiment, where people can try to get their ideas for building the next-generation power grid funded. GE works with venture capital firms to get the most promising ideas resources and funding. Keep Reading

FCC/Media/Net Neutrality

Copps Concerned About Media Consolidation and Deregulation and Cites the Need for Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2010- Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps fears that industry consolidation will overlook public interest and damage the country’s media landscape. Speaking at a forum concerning the Comcast/NBCU merger at Northwestern University Law School on July 13 Copps feels like this merger is unique, and said “While in some respects it is similar to transactions that we have witnessed before, in other important ways it is new and novel,” since the merger includes broadband and the internet. Keep Reading

Mobile Broadband

Campgrounds See Controversial Increase in Wi-Fi Availability

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2010- Campgrounds are increasingly becoming more connected to internet and cell phone service, making some visitors feel like they cannot escape their work and responsibilities. Companies that provide Wi-Fi connections to campgrounds are seeing gains in business from these outdoor recreation sites. Campers can now watch videos, stay connected to their favorite social networking sites, and reply to their email from the comfort of their tents at many campgrounds. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

Webinar Presents Telehealth Data and Recommendations

WASHINGTON July 7, 2010 Independent analyst firm Ovum presented a webinar to present the drivers and barriers to telehealth adoption, the current competition environment, and recommendations for health-care providers and patients. The webinar was presented by the authors of two recent telehealth reports, “Telehealth: Something old, something new,” and “Telehealth in Europe - From pilot to mainstream?” Christine Chang, presented the North American telehealth climate, while Cornelia Wels-Maug focused on telehealth issues in Europe. Keep Reading

Aspen Institute Communications and Society Fellow Blair Levin Gives Insight to National Broadband Plan

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2010. Blair Levin, former executive director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative at the Federal Communications Commission, spoke about some of the issues that were included and not included in the writing of the National Broadband Plan. He picked out three key initiatives in the National Broadband Plan: spectrum appropriation, the unbundling of cable systems, and universal service. Keep Reading

Connected Nation Helps State Mapping Efforts

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2010 - As a part of an effort to make a comprehensive, national map, states are mapping broadband coverage and options available in their states. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires the National Telecommunications and Information Association to have the national map of broadband coverage publicly available by February 2011. This initiative has spurred billions of grant dollars to organizations mapping their states Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/NTIA

Strickling Touts BTOP at Broadband Policy Summit

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 —The second day of the Broadband Policy Summit VI sponsored by Pike & Fischer began with Lawrence Strickling’s morning keynote address. Strickling, who is the assistant secretary for Communication and Information in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration focused on the administration’s accomplishments and future goals as they expand broadband access throughout the country. Keep Reading

Secretary Vilsack Touts Efforts Made by RUS

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2010 –The US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has just released a report that outlines the first round of Broadband Initiatives Program grants from the stimulus package last year. During a conference call with the press USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack stated that more than $1 billion has been awarded to 68 projects in 31 states. In these 68 investments, broadband service was brought to approximately 530,000 residents, 93,000 businesses, and 3,300 anchor institutions, such as schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community centers. Keep Reading

Europe Looks for Economic Growth Through Its Digital Agenda

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2010 - One half of European productivity growth over the last 15 years can easily be attributed to information and communications technology, according to the European Commission. The commission is hoping to continue this trend by unveiling last month the Digital Agenda for Europe - a plan outlining ways for the European Union to embrace technologies contributing to its economic growth and spread its benefits throughout European society. Keep Reading

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