Washington Telecom Insiders Focusing on New ‘Broadband Moment’ Through Significant Policy Tweaks
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA
June 8th, 2015
June 8, 2015 – Some are calling it a second “broadband moment.” More than six years after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was responsible for more than $7 billion in federal funds being spent on broadband infrastructure, internet adoption and telecommunications mapping, there’s a new level of interest in re-vising the National Broadband Plan, […]
D.C. Offers Free Wi-Fi Along National Mall
Broadband's Impact, Wireless
September 10th, 2010
WASHINGTON, September 10, 2010 – The District of Columbia has launched Wi-Fi along the National Mall, announced Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and District Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak this week.
Commerce, Agriculture Departments Announce $1.8 Billion in New Broadband Grants
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, NTIA, Public Safety, Rural Utilities Service, States
August 18th, 2010
WASHINGTON, August 18, 2010 – The departments of Agriculture and Commerce announced a new set of broadband grants totaling $1.8 billion across 37 states. The 94 projects announced include the first satellite projects under this grant system.
GAO: Broadband Oversight Agencies Face Risks Due to Lack of Resources
Broadband Mapping, Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service, States
August 9th, 2010
WASHINGTON, August 9, 2010 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Rural Utilities Service are doing a pretty good job awarding broadband stimulus funding, although both agencies face risks as the Sept. 30 deadline nears for doling out the money.
Broadband Issues Echo Electrification Debate of Decades Ago
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, National Broadband Plan, Rural Utilities Service, States, Wireless
June 15th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2010 – Today’s broadband expansion throughout the United States faces similar challenges to wiring the nation with electricity decades ago, and the nation’s businesses, consumers and government must work together to tap into the resources that high-speed internet access offers, said one of the nation’s top expert on rural broadband at a BroadbandBreakfast.com panel discussion.
State Telecom Regulators Score NTIA and RUS for Unclear Tax Situation; Seek IRS Ruling
Broadband Stimulus, States
March 8th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2010 – The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners on Monday urged the Treasury Department to clarify the tax implications for the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
NARUC criticized the Commerce Department and the Agriculture Department for failing to clarify whether Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program grants, Broadband Infrastructure Program grants, and broadband mapping grants are taxable.
Biden’s Broadband Stimulus Announcement Mobilizes Lawmakers
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, NTIA
December 17th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 17, 2009 – A number of Democratic lawmakers jumped on the broadband bandwagon Thursday to support the use of federal money to encourage adoption of the technology, while one Republican was quick to criticize the Obama Administration for excessive government spending.
Biden Makes Official Broadband Stimulus Announcement
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Smart Grid
December 17th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 17, 2009 – Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that $2 billion will be made available on a rolling basis over the next 75 days to increase broadband penetration across the country. The money is part of the $7.2 billion Congress allocated in January for national broadband investments.
Grants Will Slip to February, NTIA Concedes in Third Quarter Progress Report To Congress
November 18th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 18, 2009 – In a report to Congress, the NTIA said Wednesday that it won’t conclude doling out the first round of broadband stimulus funding until February 2010.
The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration clarified in its third quarterly progress report to Congress this week that it will be dolling out the entirety of the grant money during the next ten months.
The year 2010 is going to be a busy time for the period for both the NTIA and the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities is the other agency, the two government entities charged with distributing $7.2 billion of federal funding.
Governors of Illinois and Kansas Winnow State Broadband Stimulus Applications
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Premium Content
October 20th, 2009
October 20, 2009 – The states of Illinois and Kansas on Tuesday released their recommendations for the first round of broadband stimulus funding, with Illinois winnowing 140 applicants for broadband projects to a list of 31 proposed projects, and Kansas narrowing its pool of 85 applicants to 22.