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A Crowdsourced National Broadband Census: The Time is Now!

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2009 - Carl Malamud's talking on O'Reilly's Radar about the need for a national broadband census. One of the things that BroadbandCensus.com has been doing since our launch, in January 2008, is to provide a crowdsourced, public and transparent collection of data about local broadband Speeds, Prices, Availability, Reliability and Competition. We call this the Broadband ‘SPARC.’ Keep Reading

Week's Links: Julius Genachowski Takes Reins at FCC

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2009 – In a speech on Tuesday to staff at the Federal Communications Commission, new Chairman Julius Genachowski said that “if we…harness the power of communications to confront…challenges” such as the economy, education, health care, and energy, “we will…make a real positive difference in the lives of our children and future generations.” Keep Reading

Moving Day at FCC: Adelstein Out, Genachowski In

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 - As newly minted Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski and his senior staff took possession of their eighth floor suite at FCC headquarters on Monday, commissioner Jonathan Adelstein took his leave of the agency to begin the process of confirmation to run the Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Services. Keep Reading

All in the Family

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 - States and cities are continuing their extensive engagement in the question of broadband data and mapping. In fact, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute announced on Friday afternoon that it would issue its request for proposals on broadband developments on Monday – positioning their state to beat the federal government to punch. Keep Reading

Senate Approves NTIA Head Strickling; Genachowski, McDowell for FCC; Baker, Clyburn on Deck

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2009 - The Senate on Thursday voted to give its consent for Julius Genachowski (D) and Robert McDowell (R) to serve five-year terms on the Federal Communications Commission, with Genachowski holding the gavel as chairman. Also receiving an affirmative vote was Lawrence Strickling, who will head the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Keep Reading

NoChokePoints Coalition to Combat Special Access Providers

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2009 - Wireless carriers and consumer advocates joined forces Monday to open a new front in the battle over pricing for "special access" markets. The newly-formed NoChokePoints coalition brings together a number of unlikely bedfellows that usually clash on many topics, most notably Sprint Nextel and Public Knowledge, in order to battle the "chokehold that these huge phone companies have on the special access market." Keep Reading

Copps Committed to Broadband Strategy as Vehicle for American Recovery, FCC Reform

ARLINGTON, Va., June 18, 2009 - Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps could not be more pleased with the Obama administration's "real, honest to god commitment" to broadband deployment and with the potential for reshaping the FCC to be more consumer-centered, he said Thursday. Copps delivered the afternoon keynote speech at the Pike and Fischer Broadband Policy Summit. Keep Reading

Wireline, Wireless Providers Clash on USF Reform, Special Access, Adoption in Broadband Strategy Comments

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2009 - In comments filed Monday before the Federal Communications Commission on its plan to unveil a national broadband strategy, Old foes got a fresh chance to spar over long-standing battles on Special Access rates, Universal Service reform, and deployment versus adoption rates as a metric for success. Keep Reading

Internet Providers, Consumer Advocates Optimistic on Internet Regulatory Outlook

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 12, 2009 - As the Obama administration's FCC and technology policy agenda begins to take shape, internet policy experts at the Tech Policy Summit expressed relief at what they percieved as a more friendly White House for technology, but clashed on America's success in broadband deployment and the role of wireless in expanding internet access. Keep Reading

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