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House Lawmakers Praise, Question FCC’s Broadband Plan

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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.

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Commerce Department Announces 10 Broadband Investments Worth $63 Million

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WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – The Commerce Department on Thursday announced 10 investments in broadband growth across the nation that total approximately $63 million.

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Tyrone Brown to Become President of Media Access Project

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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.

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Nearly One-Third of Americans Use Library to Access Internet

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WASHINGTON, March 25, 2010 – Millions of people rely on library computers for employment, health and education information, according to a study released Thursday.

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Adults with Chronic Disease Less Likely to Have Internet Access

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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.

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Eight States Win Broadband Funds From Agriculture Department

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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.

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Los Angeles, New York Win $29 Million in Broadband Grants

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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.

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American Samoa, Virginia Receive Mapping Money

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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.

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The National Broadband Plan: Affordable-Speedy-Accessible-Competitive-Socially Sound

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The National Broadband Plan submitted by the FCC is a window into the possibilities of creating a Gateway of economic growth for America.

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Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

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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.”

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U.K. Cable Firm Tests Broadband Via Telephone Poles

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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.

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FCC Launches Consumer Tool to Test Broadband Connections

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WASHINGTON, March 11, 2010 – The FCC launched its consumer broadband test today, enabling consumers to test the speed and other performance measurements of their broadband connections.

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European Countries Leave U.S. Trailing in Race for Universal Broadband

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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.

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Small Business Agency Asks FCC to Review Telecom Size Standards

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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.

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Top This, Topeka: All First-Born Children to Be Named ‘Google’

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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.

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FCC To Release National Broadband Plan One Day Early, at March 16 Open Meeting

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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.

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Panel Tackles Prickly Issue of FCC Regulation

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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.

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Experts Review Reform and Standards at the FCC

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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.

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Are you prepared for the Inevitable Mobile Mania Magnification?

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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.

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Commerce Department Invests $80 Million in Louisiana Broadband

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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.)

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Nevada Wins $4.7 Million Broadband Grant

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WASHINGTON, March 4, 2010 – The Commerce Department announced Wednesday a $4.7 million broadband investment in Nevada.

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Commerce Unveils 23 Grants Totaling $160 Million

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WASHINGTON, Mar. 4, 2010 – The Commerce Department this week announced 23 broadband grants across the nation totaling more than $160 million.

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Designing, Implementing and Assessing an Internet Adoption Program for Senior Housing

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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.

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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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