WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – The Federal Communication Commission’s National Broadband Plan is an ambitious blueprint for the country’s future containing lofty goals and pragmatic solutions, and implementing it will require action from the agency and lawmakers, experts said Thursday at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – The Commerce Department on Thursday announced 10 investments in broadband growth across the nation that total approximately $63 million.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2010 – Lawyer and former Federal Communications Commissioner Tyrone Brown will take over as president of the Media Access Project beginning Apr. 1.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2010 – Millions of people rely on library computers for employment, health and education information, according to a study released Thursday.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2010 – Adults living with chronic disease are significantly less likely than healthy adults to have access to the internet, according to a new report.
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2010 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday announced broadband infrastructure projects to give rural residents in eight states access to better economic and educational opportunities.
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2010 – The Commerce Department announced broadband investments totaling more than $29 million in two of the nation’s largest urban cities – New York and Los Angeles.
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2010 – The Commerce Department earlier this month announced it has awarded grants to fund broadband mapping and planning activities in Virginia and American Samoa under the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program.
The National Broadband Plan submitted by the FCC is a window into the possibilities of creating a Gateway of economic growth for America.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2010 – President Obama said today, “America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental railroad and the Interstate highways, so too must we harness the potential of the Internet.”
LONDON, March 12, 2010 – The United Kingdom’s largest cable operator, Virgin Media, has started a six-month trial of broadband services delivered by fiber attached to overhead telegraph poles installed almost a century ago, following relaxation of government rules.
LONDON, March 11, 2010 – European countries are adopting measures to reach 100 percent broadband penetration – and they’re going to reach that goal well before the United States.
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2010 –The Small Business Administration is requesting that the Federal Communications Commission look into redefining or revising size standards governing telecommunication services firms to better reflect current market conditions.
When the city of Duluth, Minnesota, did not receive funding from their broadband stimulus application to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program application, they turned to Google.
A few weeks ago, Google announced their own efforts to expand broadband through a trial of high-speed fiber-optic network which would deliver speeds of one Gigabit per second (1Gbps). As part of their application, the city has even created an amusing Youtube video, saying that all first-born children will be named Google.
WASHINGTON, March 10, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission plans to release the National Broadband Plan on Tuesday, March 16, at its March open meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at agency headquarters at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2010 – Public Knowledge, Silicon Flatirons and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation last week sponsored a half-day conference to discuss the Federal Communications Commission and its efforts in reform, regulatory responsibility and standard setting. The second panel looked at the pros and cons of regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation.
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2010 – Panelists from the Federal Communications Commission, Capitol Hill, public interest groups and the private sector addressed issues of FCC reform and regulatory responsibility at “An FCC for the Internet Age: Reform and Standard-Setting, a half-day conference sponsored by Public Knowledge, Silicon Flatirons and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
By 2014, annual global mobile data traffic will reach 3.6 exabytes per month. Globally, businesses and consumers will be transferring the equivalent of billions of DVDs each month. What’s driving that incredible growth? What does it mean to service providers? Are users worldwide becoming mobile data megalomaniacs? Read on to find out.
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2010 – The Commerce Department announced an $80 million broadband investment in Louisiana on Friday morning, during a conference call hosted by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2010 – The Commerce Department announced Wednesday a $4.7 million broadband investment in Nevada.
WASHINGTON, Mar. 4, 2010 – The Commerce Department this week announced 23 broadband grants across the nation totaling more than $160 million.
LAKE FOREST, Ill., March 3, 2010 – On Tuesday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced a brief delay for some applicants for broadband stimulus grants. Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program Comprehensive Community Infrastructure projects will have until March 26th to file their applications to NTIA. Applicants for Rural Utilities Service infrastructure projects will have until March 29th to file their applications to RUS.
But applicants for Applications in NTIA’s two other project categories – Public Computer Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption – remain due on March 15th. As regards these latter category of applications, we have found that there are three essential elements in the design and implementation of an effective broadband adoption program for seniors living in senior housing communities and for their surrounding neighborhoods.
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2010 – The Commerce Department announced broadband investments in Washington and Ohio this week.
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2010 – Affluent minorities are making big gains in broadband adoption, but lower-income, less educated black and Hispanics are lagging behind, according to a new study.
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2010 – The Commerce Department last week announced a $7.25 million investment to boost economic opportunities in some low-income communities in California.
Washington, February 26, 2010 – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission this week previewed his agency’s spectrum recommendations in the FCC’s upcoming national broadband plan to be presented to Congress next month. In Julius Genachowski’s statement titled “America’s 2020 Vision for Mobile Broadband,” he established that “no area of the broadband ecosystem holds more…
The unprecedented success of smart mobile devices like the iPhone has brought on the bandwidth crunch for mobile broadband services sooner than expected. Communications policymakers, regulators, businesses and others are looking at various remedies to alleviate the problem, including Content Distribution Networks. CDNs distribute popular video and other material to servers located closer to the…
Washington, February 25, 2010 – The Commerce Department on Wednesday announced an $11.2 million grant to bring broadband to eastern New Mexico and parts of Texas. The grant aims to help bring high-speed Internet access to more than 200 institutions such as schools, healthcare facilities and government agencies. “Over the last 10 years, America has…
WASHINGTON, February 22, 2010 – A meeting of regulatory commissioners last weekend included much discussion of major telecommunications issues such as the state of the nation’s broadband.
WASHINGTON, February 22, 2010 – Illinois’ DeKalb County and portions of the state’s LaSalle County have won nearly $12 million to improve and expand their broadband service from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
WASHINGTON, February 19, 2010 – Commerce Secretary Gary Locke yesterday announced 10 grants totaling $357 million to help spread high-speed Internet access across the country.
WASHINGTON, February 16, 2010 – New government data show demographic groups across the nation have experienced rising broadband internet access adoption at home but disparities persist among some groups.
Washington, February 16, 2010 – Federal Communications Commission chief Julius Genachowski previewed the agency’s upcoming plan to outfit the nation with broadband access at a winter committee meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
The Information Economy Project of George Mason University School of Law will be hosting a Big Ideas About Information Lecture by University of Virginia law professor Glen Robinson on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 4 p.m. in Room 120 of Hazel Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.
WASHINGTON, February 11, 2010 – The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council has donated $175,000 to Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications.
WASHINGTON, February 11, 2010 – Sweden has nabbed the top spot from the United States on a global scorecard that measures nations’ digital connectivity and how it contributes to economic growth.
WASHINGTON, February 10, 2010 – The Washington Post on Tuesday reported about “Text4baby,” a new service offered by the government allowing expectant mothers to opt-in to receiving tips and text messages relating to their pregnancy. Participants of the Broadband Breakfast Club learned about the pending program four months ago, at the October 2009 breakfast forum.
WASHINGTON, January 26, 2010 – The Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service is doling out $310 million in broadband stimulus funds, department Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday.
The monies will be spread throughout 14 projects seeking to bring speedy Internet connections to rural communities in the United States in an effort to lift and grow their economies.
“The awards for these broadband projects will support anchor institutions – such as libraries, public buildings and community centers – that are necessary for the viability of rural communities,” Vilsack said.
WASHINGTON, January 14, 2010 – Internet service providers and content providers are at a disadvantage since they are not compensated for all of the information they disseminate, and that leads to systematic underinvestment in the Internet, posits a new paper (PDF).
The authors of “Free to Invest: The Economic Benefits of Preserving Network Neutrality” say if that income could be accessed, government policy could help overcome that market failure.