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Experts Debate Causes, Cures for Cyber Bullying and High Risk Behaviors

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2010 – The best way to avoid cyber bullying is not to be a teenage girl, said an expert on Tuesday at a panel discussion hosted by the Progress and Freedom Foundation. The remarks, made by Michael McKeehan, Verizon’s executive director of internet and technology policy, were in response to a question on “high risk behaviors” that lead children to become targets of online bullies. Keep Reading

Obama to Implement Spectrum Recommendation from National Broadband Plan

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2010On Monday the President announced that he has instructed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to make 500 MHz of spectrum available over the next 10 years. This release of spectrum is one of the first direct implementations of recommendations made by the National Broadband Plan. “America's future competitiveness and global technology leadership depend, in part, upon the availability of additional spectrum” said President Obama. Keep Reading

Connected Nation Helps State Mapping Efforts

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2010 - As a part of an effort to make a comprehensive, national map, states are mapping broadband coverage and options available in their states. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires the National Telecommunications and Information Association to have the national map of broadband coverage publicly available by February 2011. This initiative has spurred billions of grant dollars to organizations mapping their states Keep Reading

FCC/NTIA

Genachowski and Strickling Meet to Discuss Spectrum Policy

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2010 – With spectrum policy, playing a major role in the national broadband plan the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration will have to increase their cooperation. Towards that end, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski met with NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling to discuss increased cooperation between the agencies. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/NTIA

Strickling Touts BTOP at Broadband Policy Summit

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 —The second day of the Broadband Policy Summit VI sponsored by Pike & Fischer began with Lawrence Strickling’s morning keynote address. Strickling, who is the assistant secretary for Communication and Information in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration focused on the administration’s accomplishments and future goals as they expand broadband access throughout the country. Keep Reading

NTIA Seeks Researcher Input on Broadband Survey

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – On Thursday of last week the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) held yet another meeting regarding their impending survey regarding home internet use. The agency is going to add 3-5 questions to the Current Population Survey as the Internet Use Supplement. The supplement hasn’t been a regular part of the CPS since 2007 but recently it has been re-added to the survey. The goal of the meeting was to update the questions asked during the survey to obtain new information. Keep Reading

Experts Debate Lack of Transparency in Federal Spectrum Policy

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Experts gathered last week to discuss problems surrounding transparency in federal spectrum policy and the challenges in addressing the issue. A recurring point of contention was the question of how to raise governmental consciousness of the price of spectrum, so as to prevent overuse by the government at the expense of the private sector. Keep Reading

Experts Express Concerns Over Broadband Plan to Small Business Committee

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2010 - Small businesses must have better access to broadband technology to flourish, propel the nation’s economic growth and to better be able to compete on a global level, said experts at a Senate hearing last week. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who chairs the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, held a hearing on federal efforts to expand small business internet access through vehicles such as the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan. Keep Reading

In Dallas, Rural Aspects of National Broadband Plan Discussed

DALLAS, April 28, 2010 - There are a daunting number of rural American that do not have access to broadband, Rob Curtis, deployment director of the Federal Communication Commission’s omnibus broadband initiative, said at the Broadband Properties Summit here. With 14 million Americans without access to broadband, or at least twelve-hundred feet from a fiber connection; Curtis tasked the FCC to finalize that number using various means of statistical data. The goal was to enable the distribution of first round broadband stimulus grants into the hands of applicants clamoring to build new infrastructure. His task included coming up with an economic model that realistically supported the best case scenario for economic viability. Keep Reading

White House Urges Agencies to Intensify Oversight of Recovery Act Funds

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2010 - The White House has issued a presidential memorandum directing government agencies to intensify efforts to improve reporting compliance by recipients of funds they received thanks to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The act provided $7.2 billion to fund projects expanding broadband access and adoption. Keep Reading

FCC Chief Previews Spectrum Recommendations

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… Keep Reading

NTIA Chief Larry Strickling Urges BTOP Rejects to Reapply, Reapply, Reapply!

DENVER, January 29, 2010 - Ditch the discouragement, review successful applications and reapply, reapply, reapply, was the message at the Denver workshop on Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grants. “Don’t fret over round one, there’s more money in round two,” said Larry Strickling, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the Friday presentation. “I know folks are getting what you’re calling a rejection letter, but we’re looking at it as an 'opportunity to reapply' letter.” Keep Reading

Expert Opinion/NTIA/Recovery Act

State Preferred Broadband Stimulus Projects Sweep Day 1

After reviewing the letters from the states to the NTIA, BroadbandBreakfast.com has learned that all of the broadband stimulus projects awarded today were specifically recommended to the NTIA by the states, with the exception of the Rivada Sea Lion project in Alaska and Bretton Woods Telephone Company project in New Hampshire. Alaska did not recommend specific projects to the NTIA, and we are waiting to hear back from New Hampshire regarding their preferred project list. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act

Obama Telecom Department Wants To Recover Role As Prime Mover On Nation’s Internet Policies

SAN FRANCISCO, December 2, 2009 - The Commerce Department's telecom arm is re-asserting itself as the prime voice for the Obama administration's internet policies, said its chief Larry Strickling Tuesday. Strickling didn't provide any other details other than saying that former MIT Professor Daniel J. Weitzner is in charge of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's policy shop, and that the scope of the portfolio would be wide. It will encompass the administration's positions on issues such as individual privacy on the internet, he said. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act

Federal Broadband Stimulus Funds to Come in as Soon as Three Weeks

CHICAGO, November 17, 2009 - As the 121st meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners kicked off Tuesday, the usual presentations on energy efficiency, commodities and electrical grid jiggering couldn’t match the drama and dilemma surrounding a topic that didn’t even exist a few decades ago: the future of broadband, and broadband stimulus money in particular. That’s a $7.2 billion question—that number representing the amount of money federal agencies can deploy before September 2010. And the good news coming from three key federal players is that the money will start coming to states as soon as early next month, with grants rolling out through early 2010. Keep Reading

U.S. Broadband Coalition Working Group Urges Federal Involvement to Stimulate Adoption

WASHINGTON, November 16, 2009 – A working group of the non-profit U.S. Broadband Coalition on Friday released a report in which the group called for the federal government to “play an active role in stimulating adoption and use of advanced broadband connections.” The group, one of six committees of the U.S. Broadband Coalition – which had gathered more than 160 organizations to push for a national broadband strategy – presented its finding at the Federal Communications Commission, after introductory remarks by Blair Levin, director of the FCC’s national broadband plan. Keep Reading

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