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FCC’s Wheeler Testifies Before House Subcommittee, Defends Record on Net Neutrality

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WASHINGTON, May 20, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler came under heavy criticism during a Tuesday hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, with many members expressing disapproval of the agency’s recent performance, particularly over the issue of network neutrality. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., criticized the agency’s “selective…

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Dingell Opposes Broadband Reclassification

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WASHINGTON July 30, 2010 – In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission Democrat John Dingell said that the chairman should abandon his effort to reclassify broadband. In a response chairman Genachowski said that while he looks forward to working with Congress to a update the communications act key feels that these actions need to occur quickly and cannot wait for Congress to complete its deliberation.

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Forbearance and Reclassification – It’s Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

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WASHINGTON, June 8, 2010 – FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn spoke at the Media Institute last week on the issue of broadband authority and regulation. She devoted the majority of her remarks to debunking the concerns of critics who oppose the FCC’s recent proposal to reclassify broadband Internet services under section II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

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Study: Telecom Deregulation Has Not Increased Investment

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WASHINGTON, February 12, 2010 – The FCC should do everything it can in the upcoming national broadband plan to restore competition in the communications market, shows a new study spearheaded by Economics and Technology and lauded by Public Knowledge.

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National Cable and Telecommunication’s ‘Adoption Plus Program’ Born on Discussions with FCC Chiefs

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WASHINGTON, December 2, 2009 – The nation’s cable television and internet providers are once again making an aggressive push for broadband stimulus funds to be spent on “demand-side” programs as the National Cable and Telecommunications Association announced a pilot program for “Adoption Plus” – a proposal to promote broadband adoption for nearly 3.5 million children of middle school age.

The children targeted by the program live in around 1.8 million low-income households that are eligible for the National School Lunch Program and do not receive broadband services.

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States Seeking Better Broadband Nationwide Turn and Make a Local Focus

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November 11 – State telecommunications officials concerned about the universal deployment and use of high-speed internet services joined together at a San Jose conference on Thursday to compare notes, plot strategy and encourage programs and activities that will lead to better broadband.

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Internet Subcommittee Chair Hails Universal Broadband Service, Decries FISA

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June 20 – All Americans, whether they be poor, handicapped, or rural, have the right to universal broadband service, Rep. Ed Markey said on Friday. The congressman also blasted the compromise foreign surveillance legislation that passed Congress on Friday.

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