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FCC’s Open Internet Workshop at MIT Brought Robust Exchange Among Academics

BOSTON, Mass., January 15, 2010 - Academics, economics, technology specialists, application creators, internet service operators and investors descended on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday to discuss the possible effects of the proposed net neutrality rules on innovation, investment and internet users. Sharon Gillette, chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission and Paul de Sa, chief of the FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, moderated the late afternoon and evening workshop. This article summarizes the entire comments made at the substantive MIT workshop. Keep Reading

Broadband People Column: FCC’s Clyburn, Baker Get New Assignments

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2009 - The Federal Communications Commission has appointed Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker to serve on the federal-state boards for universal service and jurisdictional separations. Clyburn will serve as federal chair of both panels. FCC Commissioner Michael Copps will continue to serve on both boards. The Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service was established by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to implement universal service provisions and to make recommendations on universal service matters. The Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations advises the FCC on the apportionment of regulated costs between interstate and intrastate jurisdictions. Keep Reading

FCC Releases First Draft of National Broadband Plan After Weighing Record

WASHINGTON, December 17, 2009 – The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday laid out a rough draft of its national broadband plan after weighing through 66,000 pages of written comments, 27 public notices, 100 items posted on its “blogband” web site, and 700 blog comment posted to the record. But the agency says it is still difficult to answer key questions that must be addressed within two months time, or by February 17, 2010. Keep Reading

Broadband Speeds Matter Just as Much as Internet Access, Say New Yorkers

NEW YORK, December 13, 2009 – Broadband speeds matter just as much as does internet access, in order to ensure educational, economic and social opportunities for individuals of all incomes and ethnic backgrounds, participants in a community broadband hearing here agreed on Friday. Policy officials, not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, community-based organizations and others came together Friday for to discuss how New York fits into the national broadband plan currently being developed by the Federal Communications Commission in Washington. Keep Reading

Broadband People Column: Victoria Espinel Confirmed For Top Intellectual Property Post

WASHINGTON, December 4, 2009 - The Senate has confirmed Victoria Espinel to be the first U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Her job will be to craft the nation’s next intellectual property strategy. Though former President George Bush created the position of U.S. Coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement and filled it with Chris Israel, the intellectual property czar has been elevated to a White House position under President Obama. Keep Reading

Broadband People Column: Rey Ramsey to Leave One Economy for TechNet

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 – Rey Ramsey, the head of non-profit organization One Economy Corp., is leaving to head the technology industry fundraising organization, the group said Thursday. Ramsey will assume his new leadership role beginning in January. TechNet’s former president, Lezlee Westine, left the organization in May to head the Personal Care Products Council. Keep Reading

Broadband People Column: New Faces on FCC’s National Broadband Team

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2009 - The Federal Communications Commission this week named David Isenberg and Mohit Kaushaul as the latest members of its broadband team. The group is being led by Blair Levin, a former telecom analyst, who has been charged with crafting the FCC's national broadband plan. “The plan is due for delivery to Congress on February 17, 2010. Everybody working on the plan takes this date very seriously. The work will continue after this; how long I stay at the FCC after February 17 is anybody's guess at this point,” wrote Isenberg in a blog entry. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com People Column: Nicole Silverman Joins Qorvis

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2009 - The corporate communications firm Qorvis has brought Nicole Silverman on board to work on technology and telecom policy issues and reputation management for foreign governments. Silverman, whose title will be director, was most recently an account manager in Waggener Edstrom’s public affairs practice where she oversaw the development and implementation of international public affairs programs for Fortune 500 companies, foundations and trade associations. At Waggener Edstrom, Silverman developed an expertise in telecom policy. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com People Column: Tech Lobby, Wireless Board Changes

WASHINGTON, October 30, 2009 - CTIA-The Wireless Association announced Friday that it has a newly elected board of director officers. AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph de la Vega will serve as CTIA’s chairman, Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse will act as vice chairman, Asurion CEO Bret Comolli as treasurer, Cellcom President and CEO Patrick Riordan as secretary and T-Mobile USA President and CEO Robert Dotson as chairman emeritus. Keep Reading

NTIA's Lawrence Strickling Describes Role of BTOP in Broadband Plan, Innovation Strategy

NEW YORK, October 26, 2009 – NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling, speaking at a telecommunications conference here on Friday, said that a national broadband plan is key to the innovation strategy of the Obama administration, along with expanding research and development, increasing education and providing a strong technological ecosystem. With regard to the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program funding program, he said that not every good project would be funded, as there simply are not enough funds. At the same time, he said he wanted to make sure that the agency did not fund any bad projects. Keep Reading

Introducing BroadbandCensus.com's People Column: Facebook Makes Changes

As Facebook increases its Washington presence, Andrew Noyes will be putting the pen down to join the company next month as manager of public policy communications. Noyes has been a reporter for National Journal Group since 2006 where he worked first for the now-dead Technology Daily publication, and later for CongressDaily. Also on the Facebook team is Tim Sparapani, director of public policy, and Adam Conner. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Premium Content | Week of October 12, 2009

WASHINGTON, October 14, 2009 - States are beginning to offer up their selections for the broadband stimulus grant programs of NTIA and RUS. Meanwhile, the FCC preserves some degree of confidentiality in broaband data as it prepares its National Broadband Plan, and Connected Nation was denied a spot on the list of initial broadband mapping grants. Keep Reading

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BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report September 21st and 29th 2009

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2009 - An outpouring of news: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced network neutrality rules, President Obama touted an innovation agenda, FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Copps addressed universal broadband, the U.S. Broadband Coalition unveiled its final report, and the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference hosted seven top administration officials and more. Keep Reading

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BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report September 14th 2009

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2009 - Observers and commentators dug through an online database of 2,200 applications for broadband stimulus grants. Also, BroadbandCensus.com re-launches the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday at 8 a.m., and hosts a FREE press conference to discuss its public and transparent broadband map, the same day, at 2 p.m. ET. 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

NTIA Sends Second BTOP Report to Congress

WASHINGTON, August 31, 2009 – The National Telecommunications Information Administration gives a look back and a look ahead with a new report to Congress it released the week before last. The unit of the Commerce Department submitted its second annual report on its $4.7 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. Keep Reading

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BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report August 17th 2009

WASHINGTON, August 17, 2009 - What’s that big sound? The applause from applicants eyeing the billions in broadband money in response to the multi-day deadline extension. Meanwhile, public interest groups rallied their troops to ask the FCC for better mapping data practices and to urge the agency for broader representation at their workshops. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report July 27th 2009

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2009 - Crunch time has begun for broadband stimulus applications. NTIA and RUS concluded their workshops, including a Friday afternoon webinar on broadband data and mapping, and now must post frequently-asked questions on their broadbandusa.gov portal. The FCC’s national broadband plan is also coming into sharper focus. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Transcript of NTIA Mapping Workshop

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2009 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration held a workshop, via webinar, on Friday, July 24, from 1 p.m. ET to 2:45 p.m. The two NTIA officials on the call, Edward "Smitty" Smith, Program Director, State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, and Anne Neville, focused on the nuts and bolts of the $240 available for broadband data and mapping. And they answered dozens of questions about the program. Keep Reading

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