McDowell Welcomes New Openness at FCC, Calls for Audit and Reform
FCC, National Broadband Plan
August 7th, 2009
WASHINGTON, August 7, 2009 — In addition to the forthcoming National Broadband Strategy, The Federal Communications Commission must reorganize fundamentally to tackle a laundry list of 21st-century issues, Commissioner Robert McDowell said in an interview with C-SPAN’s “The Communicators” series.
Clyburn Sworn in as FCC Commissioner
August 6th, 2009
WASHINGTON, August 6, 2009 – Mignon Clyburn was sworn in Monday as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. The ceremony took place in her home state of South Carolina, with the oath administered by U.S. Senior District Judge Matthew Perry Jr.
FCC Workshops to Cast Wide Net for Broadband Data, Use Cases
Broadband Stimulus, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA
August 5th, 2009
WASHINGTON, August 5, 2009 —The FCC will cast a wide net in crafting a national broadband plan, Chairman Julius Genachowski told staff Wednesday during an “all-hands” open meeting in preparation for the first of several workshops on use cases for crafting the plan.
Illinois Unveils Plan to Supplement State's Applicants for Federal Broadband Stimulus Grants
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, States
July 31st, 2009
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2009 — Illinois has unveiled a plan to provide supplemental grants for state projects applying for the first round of federal broadband initiative money. Anyone wishing to grab stimulus funding, however, must hurry. Applications are due August 5. Awardees will be notified of their status on August 11—just in time to submit their applications to the federal government by August 14.
Virginia State Officials Confident of Chances for Broadband Grants
Broadband Data, States
July 28th, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., July 28, 2009 — Virginia Deputy Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson said here Monday that the second version of Virginia’s innovative, multi-platform broadband map would be publicly released on Friday.
Warner Says Virginia's Broadband Maps Put State 'Ahead of the Curve'
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
July 27th, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., July 27, 2009 — The Obama administration’s broadband stimulus program “has not been marketed well,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said at the kick-off to a Monday morning event at which top federal and state officials were speaking on it.
Broadband Maps a Necessary Component of Stimulus Grants, Says Stearns
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
July 17th, 2009
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2009 – The House Subcommittee on Communications will hold a hearing “in the near future” on making broadband maps a necessary component of awarding Broadband Initiatives Program and Broadband Technological Opportunities Program grants, subcommittee ranking member Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., said Thursday.
Senate Commerce Committee Passes Radio Spectrum Inventory Act
Broadband Data, Wireless
July 8th, 2009
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2009 — The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved S. 649, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, which would give the National Telecommunications and Information Agency and the Federal Communications Commission 180 days to present Congress with a complete inventory of the radio frequencies that they manage from 300 Megahertz to 3.5 Gigahertz.
Vice President Biden Kicks Off Broadband Stimulus In Pennsylvania
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
July 1st, 2009
WATTSBURG, Penn., July 1, 2009 — Vice President Joe Biden today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would begin receiving applications on July 14, in the first of three waves of applications.
Convergence, Innovation Push Boundaries of Network Neutrality Debate, Experts Agree
June 19th, 2009
ARLINGTON, Va., June 19, 2009 – Representatives of network operators, internet companies and consumer advocates said they are prepared for a network neutrality policy to emerge from the Obama administration, but during a panel at Pike and Fischer’s Broadband Policy Summit they remained very much divided over the best approach to solving problems of network management while protecting consumers.