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Broadband is about more than fiber-optic wires, towers and digital antenna systems; it is about making a difference in the lives of the community and its residents.

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

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

Fiber to the Library Gets Momentum with Google, NATOA Endorsements

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2009 - Libraries could serve as platforms for successful use of stimulus funds if existing broadband infrastructure is upgraded to next-generation standards, the Fiber to the Library initiative said Wednesday. The project said that it had received endorsements from Google, the Fiber to the Home project and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. 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

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

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 Data/Broadband's Impact

Metrics Working Group of the U.S. Broadband Coalition Offers 'Policy Options'

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2009 – The U.S. Broadband Coalition, an assemblage of more than 160 organizations pressing for a comprehensive national broadband strategy, on Thursday released its final report at the Federal Communications Commission. Drew Clark, Editor of Broadband Census News LLC and Executive Director of Broadband Census Data LLC, was co-Chair of the coalition’s Metrics Working Group, together with Rob Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Below are excerpts from the final “policy options” crafted by the working group and included in the final report. Keep Reading

FCC Tweets, Free Press Class Big Firms Twits

WASHINGTON, August 31, 2009 – The Federal Communica¬tions Commission is making good on its efforts to be transparent and timely – this time in 140 characters or less. The agency has joined the thousands of Twitterers by launching its tweets at http://www.twitter.com/fccdotgov. The FCC’s tweets include news about the agency and progress reports on the national broadband plan. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com, One Web Day, and the Quest for Broadband Transparency

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2009 – One year ago, BroadbandCensus.com joined in support of One Web Day. Both for BroadbandCensus.com and for broadband policy and internet technology, a lot has changed in the past year. We launched BroadbandCensus.com in January 2008 with the simple and straightforward goal of making basic broadband information - information about Broadband Speeds, Prices, Availability, Reliability and Competition - public and freely available to users of broadband services. Many wondered why this was necessary. In the lead-up to our "Broadband Census for America Conference," in September 2008, we were still highlighting the importance of broadband and of solid broadband data in the economy and in society. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

Clyburn Sworn in as FCC Commissioner

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. Keep Reading

Agriculture Committee Skeptical on RUS' Ability to Manage Funds

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2009 - Members of Congress on Thursday questioned the efficacy of the grant criteria set out last week by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Rural Utilities Service. During a hearing before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops, and Foreign Agriculture, representatives expressed skepticism over ill-defined criteria in the the joint Notice of Funds Availability the agencies released last week. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

CDT Looks Back and Ahead at Privacy

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2009 – Even though it has been nearly a decade since effective pro-privacy legislation had been passed by Congress or pushed by the Federal Trade Commission, Center for Democratic Technology President Leslie Harris expressed optimism on the subject on Wednesday. Keep Reading

Broadband Growth Not So Bad

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2009 – Last week the Pew Internet & American Life Project released its eagerly-awaited report about broadband penetration. To nearly everyone’s surprise, in light of the current recession, the percentage of homes with access to high-speed internet access continued to rise. Keep Reading

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