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Biden Touts Broadband Among Stimulus Funding, Although Nearly No Funds Released

Vice President Joe Biden gave an update on Thursday of the grants issued under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including broadband. Although practically no funds have yet been issued for broadband, the subject was included in the update of programs that are a part of the “president’s overall commitment to a lay a new foundation for economic growth in the 21st century” – together with smart grid, high-speed rail and health information technology. Keep Reading

Broadband Beneficial for Political and Electoral Engagement, Says Hispanic Group

A report released Friday by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality says that Latinas with internet access are more likely to be informed about new laws and the legislative process than those without a connection. “The Latina voter is a growing and influential segment of the California electorate,” said Helen Iris Torres, executive director of HOPE. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

FCC Chairman Genachowski Praises AT&T's Wireless VoIP Move

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Monday praised the Tuesday move, by AT&T, to no longer prevent customers with Apple's iPhone from using voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) telephone services bypassing AT&T's voice network. "When AT&T indicated, in response to the FCC's inquiry, that it would take another look at permitting VoIP on its 3G network I was encouraged," Genachowski said in a statement. Keep Reading

Regulation of Special Access Market Unnessary, Says Phoenix Center

The level of competition among special access providers in metropolitan areas has been an issue for a number of years. While some believe that simply allowing these providers to operate in a truly open market the problems would be solved, many others feel that the Federal Communications Commission should increase regulation. A recent paper by the Phoenix Center, “Market Definition and the Economic Effects of Special Access Price Regulation,” supports the deregulatory position. Keep Reading

Free State Foundation Legal Thinkers Criticize Net Neutrality

The Free State Foundation on Tuesday released a new book entitled “New Directions in Communications Policy,” which is critical of arguments for Net neutrality. The book is based upon a panel discussion on the national broadband plan, broadband stimulus funding, and Net neutrality, or the requirement that carriers not be permitted to offer speedier internet delivery to paying business customers. Keep Reading

FCC Chairman Genachowski Touts Net Neutrality's Power to Musicians

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski brought his rallying cry for Net Neutrality to the Future of Music Conference in Washington today. Noting the musicians that have supported this cause - from Bruce Springsteen to R.E.M. and Pearl Jam - Genachowski said, "With a free and open Internet, you don’t have to have big-time, star-power leverage over record labels, publishing companies, commercial radio stations, or particular retailers to get your music to the public. In today’s broadband world, the artists themselves can be self-empowering -- they are free to connect with audiences, paying customers, and musical social networks in ways previously unimaginable." Keep Reading

D.C. Circuit Seemed to Support FCC Position on Universal Service: Report

The universal service fund has been growing at an alarming rate over the past few years, and in order to curb its growth the Federal Communications Commission choose to cap the amount of support a competitive eligible telecommunications company could receive in 2008. The Rural Cellular Association filed a petition in the D.C. Circuit court of appeals to remove this cap. The court seemed to support the position of the FCC in capping the fund, according to a Monday research report by Stifel Nicholas. Keep Reading

FCC to Air Out Net Neutrality at October Meeting

The Federal Communications Commission is taking an aggressive posture with its approach to Network Neutrality, releasing the "tentative agenda" for its next full commission meeting that highlights a single item: “ Open Internet: A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on policies to preserve the free and open Internet.” The FCC also plans to release a “Commission Meeting Agenda” one week before the meeting with the specific, detailed items that will be placed on the agenda. Keep Reading

Bloggers Covered by Endorsement Rules, Says FTC

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday announced that it has approved final revisions to the guidance it gives to advertisers on how to keep their endorsement and testimonial ads in line with the FTC Act. The notice incorporates several changes to the FTC’s “Guidelines Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising,” which address endorsements by consumers, experts, organizations, and celebrities, as well as the disclosure of important connections between advertisers and endorsers. The guidelines were last updated in 1980. Keep Reading

FCC Broadband Roadtrip to South Carolina

The Federal Communications Commission is going to South Carolina on Monday, October 5, and Tuesday, October 6. Today, Today, the FCC hosts a consumer forum on broadband at Ravenel Community Hall in Ravenal, S.C., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The forum, according to the FCC, the event“ is designed to provide an open dialogue between consumers and government officials in order to develop a more comprehensive and inclusive National Broadband Plan.” Keep Reading

FOSI Conference to Feature RI, WA AG's, Plethora of Online Safety Experts

The Family Online Safety Institute announced the list of confirmed speakers for its 2009 annual conference to take place November 4th and 5th in Washington, DC. Speakers include child online safety expert Danah Boyd, Online Safety Technology Working Group co-chair Anne Collier, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children board member Larry Magid (Collier and Magid are co-founders of online safety group ConnectSafely). Also scheduled to speak are OSTWG member and parental controls expert Adam Thierer and Attorneys General Patrick Lynch and Rob McKenna of Rhode Island and Washington state, respectively. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Smart Grid

Media Access Project Silicon Valley Conference on 'Smart Grids'

The Media Access Project will hold the third session in its 2009 MAPPING CHANGE series on October 8 in Silicon Valley for a conference exploring the issue of “smart grids.” MAP aims to bring together experts on communications, information technology, energy, and infrastructure to discuss policy developments and implementation strategies promoting smarter energy management and environmentally sustainable technologies. Keep Reading

Phantom Signals to be a Ghost of Satellite Legislation

The American Cable Association praised the House and Senate Judiciary Committees for recently passing bills that would change the rule allowing for redistribution of copyrighted content by cable television operators. ACA said the rule had been a financial burden on small and mid-sized cable operators, especially operators that have consolidated operations in the pursuit of greater efficiency. Keep Reading

NTIA and ICANN Renew Agreement

An agreement reached by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was praised Wednesday by Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., Chairman of the Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates

Gathering Signs of Privacy Winds

Notwithstanding a recent proposal by the online advertising industry to strengthen standards governing consumer data collection, some on Capitol Hill still see a need for Congress to enact comprehensive privacy legislation. Indeed, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., has promised to introduce legislation on this subject this fall. Over at the Federal Trade Commission, Chairman Jon Leibowitz has explicitly warned online advertisers that the FTC will take a regulatory approach if industry does not improve its self-policing efforts. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/NTIA/Recovery Act

Teaching Innovation Isn't For America

The United States is losing ground in innovation sweepstakes to Japan, Denmark and other nations, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. This is mainly because these and other nations have designed and funded federal policies to spur innovation, while America has not, says the think thank. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Broadband Updates

Incumbents Invited to the Table

The National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) have embarked upon a 30-day period of accepting responses from existing service providers in their reviews of service area classifications, which will includes defining the unserved and the underserved areas for the BIP/BTOP infrastructure applications. The Public Notices can be viewed at: http://broadbandsearch.sc.egov.usda.gov/DefaultARRA.aspx. Keep Reading

Cyber Fortune

"Civil Rights to Cyber Rights” is a new book by Jabari Simama that claims that those without cyber skills will soon be superfluous in the American, not to mention the global, economy. Simama describes broadband and other digital technologies as tools to empower, build and connect people and communities. He also points out that “unless we bring access to and literacy of digital technology to all Americans, we are heading toward a society and world of information haves and have-nots.” Keep Reading

Broadband Updates

A Congressional Workshop on Trust

A Congressional workshop will examine the proper application of antitrust policy to the information technology sector and scrutinize the direction the new administration is taking. The workshop will occur on October 16 in the Rayburn Office building. The workshop has the potential to explore how the application of government antitrust law can significantly affect innovation and investment, for good or ill. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

Can You Really Have Too Much Spectrum?

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a notice seeking comment on whether more radio spectrum is needed for wireless broadband services. The notice is part of the Commission's process in crafting a national broadband plan, which is due to Congress in February 2010. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Wireless

Google Stands Accused (by AT&T)

Google has been accused by AT&T of violating the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules for blocking Google Voice calls to some rural areas. In a letter to the FCC, AT&T urged the Commission to level the playing field and order Google to play by the same Internet Policy rules as other carriers. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Net Neutrality

Not Everyone is Neutral on Neutrality

The Federal Communication Commission's proposed net neutrality rules could hamper innovation on the Web, said David Farber, as guest on a panel held Friday at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. Farber is a professor of computer science and policy at Carnegie Mellon University and a former chief technology officer for the FCC. Keep Reading

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