Rural Telecommunications Congress Videos and Presentations PostedBroadband's Impact, States, Universal Service May 18th, 2015
AUSTIN, May 18, 2015 – The Rural Telecommunications Congress posted the entire video and presentations made at the recent Rural Telecommunications Congress held here last month at the Broadband Communities Summit.
The original link to the sessions is at http://www.ruraltelecon.org/2015-rtc-bbc-summit.html
2015 RTC Program Agenda and Session Content
From the first community technology center (1980), the first community network (1986), to the first open gov/data initiative (1989), this presentation explores the history, themes, and future of our work.
Moderator: Jane Patterson – RTC President; President, The View Forward
Speaker: Anne Neville – Director, NTIA State Broadband Initiative, U.S. Department of Commerce
New Coalition for Local Internet Choice Aims to Spur More High-Speed Municipal BuildsBroadband's Impact, Fiber, States July 15th, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 – While interest in high-bandwidth internet is growing every year, many communities remain unserved because state laws inhibit local networks, according to local broadband activists. That’s why the Coalition for Local Internet Choice launched last month: to demonstrate the importance of giving local communities authority over their own networks. “It’s hard […]
How to Tackle Broadband Adoption by the Nation’s Underserved PopulationsBroadband Data, Broadband Mapping, Broadband Stimulus, FCC, Fiber, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service, States, Universal Service July 26th, 2012
WASHINGTON, Thursday, July 26, 2012 – Last week, the fourth year of the Broadband Breakfast Club Series came to an end with a timely panel on “Bringing Broadband Adoption to the Nation’s Underserved Population.” Panelists from the private, nonprofit and state government sectors came together to discuss what can be done to promote broadband usage in […]
Broadband Lifeline and Connect2Compete Mark A New ‘Broadband Moment’ Around Adoption and UsageBroadband and Democratization, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Rural Utilities Service, States July 12th, 2012
July 12, 2012 – If 2008 marked the dawn of our national “broadband moment,” this summer and fall may well be the beginning of a new era of broadband adoption and usage.
A major national initiative, dubbed “Connect2Compete,” is just beginning to find its footing. In a webinar two weeks ago, this collaboration of corporate, philanthropic and community leaders delineated their mission, goals and timetables. It is to use the “power of the internet to improve the lives of low income Americans and their ability to thrive in the global economy.”
Additional, the Federal Communications Commission is in the midst of launching an exciting Broadband Lifeline pilot program. This $25 million pilot program could help pave the way for a Universal Broadband Fund. Such a fund could do for internet connectivity what the Universal Service Fund, in an earlier era, did for making the telephone an anchor of American life. [...]
Leveraging Funding from Government Programs, Incentives to Share Information and Faster Broadband Speeds are Key to Maximizing Health IT BroadbandBroadband Stimulus, Broadband TV, Broadband's Impact, Education, FCC, Health, Mobile Broadband, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service, Spectrum, States, Tribal Broadband, Universal Service, Wireless March 23rd, 2012
WASHINGTON, Friday March 23, 2012 – On Tuesday March 20th federal regulatory administrators, state health and broadband officials and private health IT and technology experts met in Washington to discuss “Maximizing US Health IT and Broadband Investment” at BroadbandBreakfast.com’s monthly breakfast and panel discussion. In the session, the speakers agreed that there is both humanitarian and […]
Spectrum Bill and Broadband Breakfast Pre Holiday Wrap UpBroadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Congress, FCC, House of Representatives, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality, NTIA, Public Safety, States, Universal Service, Wireless December 14th, 2011
WASHINGTON December 14, 2011 – The FCC, the Hill and the Telecom industry has been busy over the last couple of weeks. Here is a wrap-up of the most important events. House Passes Spectrum Auction Incentive Bill After a 234-193 vote, the House Payroll Tax Extension Bill incorporated the full version of the Republican Incentive […]
States Take Aim at USF and ICC reformFCC, Mobile Broadband, National Broadband Plan, States, Universal Service, Wireless December 8th, 2011
WASHINGTON December 8, 2011 – Wednesday TheHill.com reported that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission filed suit against the Federal Communications Commission for it’s Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reform the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation regime. The suit, filed in the 3rd Circuit, alleges that the FCC order is “arbitrary and capricious” […]
Broadband Breakfast Serves a Thanksgiving Leftover Wrap-UpBroadband Stimulus, Congress, FCC, Fiber, Mobile Broadband, Net Neutrality, NTIA, Smart Grid, Spectrum, States, Universal Service, Wireless November 25th, 2011
WASHINGTON, November 25 2011 – As we all sit and digest post Thanksgiving, Broadband Breakfast can finally wrap up some stories that we have been interested in over the past couple of weeks but have not had time to get around to. We wanted to draw attention to a couple of the stories below and […]
SmartGrid: Moving Toward Regulatory UniformityExpert Opinion, National Broadband Plan, Smart Grid, States November 18th, 2011
Expert Contributors: Stephanie A. Joyce, Esq. and Stephen Thompson, Esq. WASHINGTON, November 18, 2011 – The development of SmartGrid technology, which generally refers to devices that monitor, and possibly control, energy use via telecommunications-enabled devices, is proceeding apace, though not as quickly as many had hoped or anticipated. At the most recent Broadband Breakfast that […]
Driving Energy Smart Grid Innovation through BroadbandBroadband Stimulus, Broadband TV, Cybersecurity, Fiber, Rural Utilities Service, Smart Grid, States November 16th, 2011
WASHINGTON, Wednesday November 15, 2011 – November’s breakfast and panel discussion drew a packed crowd Tuesday morning as industry lawyers, lobbyists and experts filed into Clyde’s to hear from the Whitehouse, telecoms, energy management companies and utilities about the challenges and efficiencies that lies ahead with “The Smart Grid and Broadband.”
Nick Sinai, Senior Advisor to White House’s Chief Technology Officer gave the opening remarks at the breakfast. Sinai focused on what the Obama administration is doing to support, secure and modernize the energy system for the country. He noted that although the current grid has expanded, it is fundamentally still an analog grid and has been that way since the beginning of the 20th century.