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Commerce Announces Investments in Washington, Ohio

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WASHINGTON, March 2, 2010 – The Commerce Department announced broadband investments in Washington and Ohio this week.

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Affluent Minorities Embrace Broadband, But Gap Remains

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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.

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California Communities Win Broadband Grant

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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.

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FCC Chief Previews Spectrum Recommendations

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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…

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Content Distribution Networks Are One Solution to Bandwidth Crunch

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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…

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New Mexico, West Texas Score Broadband Grant

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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…

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Regulatory Experts Discuss States’ Broadband Goals

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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.

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NTIA Awards $12 Million to Two Illinois Counties

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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.

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Commerce Unveils 10 Grants Worth $357 Million

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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.

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New NTIA Data Show Broadband Growth but Disparities Remain

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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.

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FCC Chief Raises Curtain on Bits of Broadband Plan

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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.

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Former FCC Commissioner Glen Robinson Presents ‘Big Ideas About Information’ at GMU

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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.

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Minority Media Council Donates Funds to Howard University

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WASHINGTON, February 11, 2010 – The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council has donated $175,000 to Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications.

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Sweden Takes Top Spot from U.S. in Global Scorecard

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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.

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‘Text4Baby’ Reported in Washington Post; Four Months After Broadband Breakfast Club

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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.

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Rural Utilities Service Unveils $310 Million in Stimulus Funds for 14 Projects

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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.

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New Study Suggests Benefits for Net Neutrality Policies

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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.

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Satellite Industry Group Announces New Board

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WASHINGTON, January 14, 2010 – The Satellite Industry Association has announced its new board of directors for this year. David Cavossa, who is vice president of operations for CapRock Government Solutions, will serve as the association’s chairman of the board for 2010.

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Former Miami Mayor Heads to Alliance for Digital Equality

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ATLANTA, Ga., January 14, 2010 – Former Miami Mayor Manuel Diaz on Monday was elected vice chairman of the Alliance for Digital Equality.

“Due to his extensive experience on broadband related issues facing the unserved and underserved, Manny will be a tremendous asset in advocating on a variety of policy and economic issues for America’s low income citizens,” Alliance Chairman Julius Hollis said.

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FCC Seeks One-Month Extension for National Broadband Plan

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WASHINGTON, January 8, 2010 – With just over 30 days until the unveiling of the national broadband plan, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has asked congress for more time. In a letter (PDF) to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, he says that the creation of the plan is one of the largest undertakings the FCC has ever tried. He said that the FCC needs more time to get more information from the public. The extension is a short one; with a new due date of March 17.

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Backlash Against Broadband Stimulus Begins in Maine, With Proposed Legislation

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WASHINGTON, December 31, 2009 – The legislative backlash against projects that have been awarded federal stimulus funding has begun, as two bills were introduced in the Maine legislature to de-fund a $25.4 million University of Maine broadband project.

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U.K. Government Report Highlights Need for Digital Economy Bill

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WASHINGTON, December 30, 2009 – The U.K. government released an assessment this week of proposed legislation to implement a wide-reaching technology bill inspired by a white paper published in June 2009.

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State Media: China Launches National Internet TV

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WASHINGTON, December 29, 2009 – China’s national broadcaster has launched the country’s first national internet television, state media reported Tuesday.

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New York Senator Wants Rural Broadband Action

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WASHINGTON, December 23, 2009 – Proponents of Broadband over Power Lines got a boost last week as Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., introduced the Rural Broadband Initiative of 2009, to amend the Rural Electrification Act to include programs meant to bring broadband to areas where BPL might be most effective.

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Biden’s Broadband Stimulus Announcement Mobilizes Lawmakers

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WASHINGTON, December 17, 2009 – A number of Democratic lawmakers jumped on the broadband bandwagon Thursday to support the use of federal money to encourage adoption of the technology, while one Republican was quick to criticize the Obama Administration for excessive government spending.

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DC Lawyers Invest in Client, a Mobile Internet Telecom Company

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WASHINGTON, December 16, 2009 – Members of the Washington law firm Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast announced Wednesday they are investing in a client, xG Technology, which is operating a mobile Voice over Internet Protocol showcase in the Ft. Lauderdale area covering more than 30 square miles.

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Spectrum Auction Company, Vendor To Join Forces

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WASHINGTON, December 16, 2009 – The spectrum auction software developer KB Enterprises LLC and LS telcom AG, a vendor of spectrum management systems, said Wednesday they are uniting to offer telecommunications regulators and network operators software solutions for finding and assigning spectrum to telecommunications companies.

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Competition is Critical for National Plan, Free Press Report Says

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WASHINGTON, December 16, 2009 – Competition is key to a truly successful national broadband plan according to a report released on Wednesday by advocacy group Free Press. The report, entitled “Making the National Broadband Plan Work for America,”is a a public interest guide that lays out the central questions that must be answered by the Federal Communications Commission,” Free Press said in a release.

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Comcast’s Roberts to Keynote State of the Net Conference

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WASHINGTON, December 16, 2009 – Comcast CEO Brian Roberts wil keynote the annual “State of the Net” conference next month, representatives of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee announced on Monday. “State of the Net” is an annual Washington-based technology policy conference. Held by the Congressional Internet Caucus, it brings together industry leaders, activists and policymakers from all ends of the political spectrum.

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OECD Releases Latest Broadband Statistics

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WASHINGTON, December 11, 2009 – The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development updated its broadband statistics Friday to reflect that the number of broadband subscribers in OECD member states increased by 10 percent from June 2008 to June 2009.

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Google Goes After Fraudulent Ads, Files Suit

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WASHINGTON, December 8, 2009 – Google said Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against Pacific WebWorks and several other unnamed defendants the company claims offer fraudulent money schemes using the Google name.

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Official: Don’t Ask For Feedback On Grants That Have Not Been Named

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The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service should not have asked for public feedback on how to effectively get broadband stimulus funds to applicants who should be receiving them before they announced the winners of the first round of grants, a top technology official said Tuesday morning.

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NTIA Seeks Advice On Broadband Data and Mapping Grant Program

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The Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration is seeking public and agency feedback on proposed information collection for the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, according to a Federal Register notice dated December 3. The notice states that written comments must be submitted on or before February 1, 2010.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu Hails Louisiana’s Broadband Mapping Award

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., drew attention this week to her home state’s broadband mapping project that will be funded by money Congress allocated in January to encourage broadband deployment and use. The Louisiana Division of Administration, Office of Information Technology, has been awarded approximately $1.7 million for broadband mapping and planning projects.

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Trademark Case Raises Questions On Google’s Use of Meta Tags

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A case brought by Jenzabar, a company that was founded by a student leader at Tiananmen Square that makes software for institutions of higher education, against the documentary film-makers Long Bow Group, has raised the issue of whether Google uses keyword meta tags in its search rankings.

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Technology Think Tank Launches ‘Take Back Your Privacy’ Campaign

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The Center for Democracy & Technology this week launched a “Take Back Your Privacy” campaign to support the creation of more user-friendly privacy tools and push for the passage of a federal consumer privacy law. “It’s time for privacy law and online practices to catch up with the seismic shifts in technology,” CDT President and CEO Leslie Harris said in a statement Thursday. “We know that Americans want better privacy protections. Take Back Your Privacy will help them make sure that their voices a

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ALA Says Public Libraries Are One Key Solution to Broadband Adoption

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The American Library Association on Wednesday submitted comments (PDF) to the Federal Communications Commission addressing broadband adoption. The ALA filed the comments in response to the FCC’s call for input about adoption as it relates to the National Broadband Plan.

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New America Foundation Suggests Changes to Government Grant Programs

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The New America Foundation and a coalition of 38 other groups on Monday submitted comments regarding grant programs of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce.

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Verizon Wireless Launches New Anti-AT&T Ad, Suits Dropped

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Verizon Wireless started running a new advertisement this week in the “There’s a Map for That” campaign that has caused competitor AT&T much angst. The ad features Santa Clause’ reindeer prepping for the big night with the one using AT&T’s third generation coverage map failing to light up while the reindeer equipped with the Verizon Wireless maps being ready to go.

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Tuesday Panel to Explore ‘Grand Bargain’ on Broadcast Spectrum

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A proposal to return much of the spectrum used by commercial television broadcasters is gaining some mindshare in Washington telecommunications circles. A high ranking FCC official recently suggested it might be possible to craft a “grand bargain,” in which broadcasters return unused portions of their digital television spectrum to the government in exchange for proceeds from an auction. The spectrum to be auctioned off could fulfill a coming need for spectrum to be used by the burgeoning wireless broadband industry.

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