Public Interest Groups Press for Ambitious Broadband Networks As Part of Plan
Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan
February 18th, 2010
WASHINGTON, February 18, 2010 – A coalition of public interest groups on Wednesday called on the Federal Communications Commission to include a set of ambitious benchmarks and policies in the agency’s upcoming national broadband plan.
The agency will discuss aspects of the national broadband plan, now due on March 17, 2010, at the February monthly meeting being held on Wednesday.
Google Shakes Up Broadband Landscape With Fiber Build Initiative
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality
February 10th, 2010
WASHINGTON, February 10, 2010 – Google shook up the broadband world on Wednesday with the announcement, on its blog, that it plans to offer super-fast broadband, at speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second, to up to 500,000 homes.
Google framed its entrance into the marketplace to deploy fiber-optic services as a “testbed” to understand more about the way that consumers and businesses use internet applications when truly high-speed services are available.
“We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections,” said Minnie Ingersoll and James Kelly, project managers at Google. “We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.”
Sen. John Kerry Wades Into Retransmission Consent Spat
Broadband's Impact, Wireless
December 22nd, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 22, 2009 – The annual dance between broadcasters and cable providers gained a new player on Tuesday as Sen John Kerry, D-Mass., sent a letter to executives at Fox and Time Warner Cable urging the companies to resolve their respective issues over retransmission consent between now and December 31, when the current agreement expires.
Competition is Critical for National Plan, Free Press Report Says
December 16th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 16, 2009 – Competition is key to a truly successful national broadband plan according to a report released on Wednesday by advocacy group Free Press. The report, entitled “Making the National Broadband Plan Work for America,”is a a public interest guide that lays out the central questions that must be answered by the Federal Communications Commission,” Free Press said in a release.
AT&T Takes New Neutrality Approach In Letter To FCC
FCC, Net Neutrality, Wireless
December 15th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 15, 2009 – AT&T attempted to set the tone of compromise regarding proposed rules to regulate internet access to support so-called Net neutrality principles in a letter it sent Tuesday to the Federal Communications Commission.
BroadbandCensus.com, One Web Day, and the Quest for Broadband Transparency
Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion
August 25th, 2009
WASHINGTON, August 25, 2009 – One year ago, BroadbandCensus.com joined in support of One Web Day. Both for BroadbandCensus.com and for broadband policy and internet technology, a lot has changed in the past year. We launched BroadbandCensus.com in January 2008 with the simple and straightforward goal of making basic broadband information – information about Broadband Speeds, Prices, Availability, Reliability and Competition – public and freely available to users of broadband services. Many wondered why this was necessary. In the lead-up to our “Broadband Census for America Conference,” in September 2008, we were still highlighting the importance of broadband and of solid broadband data in the economy and in society.
Execs, Experts Say Broadband Policies Must Balance Competition, Access
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan
June 18th, 2009
ARLINGTON, Va., June 18, 2009 – Broadband policies must adapt to ensure both competition and quality service for all consumers, a group of industry executives and policy experts said Thursday during at the Pike and Fischer Broadband Policy Summit.
Time Warner Changes to Terms of Service Could Allow Metering, Tiers
June 1st, 2009
WASHINGTON, June 1, 2009 – Consumer advocacy groups are gearing up for another fight with Time Warner Cable after the internet provider quietly updated its terms of service with language that critics have pounced on as a harbinger of future metering and usage caps.
Congress to Reexamine Consumer Privacy on Broadband Networks
April 23rd, 2009
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2009 – Congressional scrutiny of consumer privacy on broadband networks, especially uses of so-called “deep packet inspection” technology, ramped up Thursday as industry representatives and consumer advocates testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet.
Grant Program Must Balance Competing Interests and Remain Transparent, Experts Say
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
March 9th, 2009
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2009 – Soon to be released FCC data will help balance the interests of public need for expanded networks and industry needs for financial incentives while implementing the goals of the Obama broadband stimulus package, a triumvirate of telecommunications experts said during aMonday conference call, less than 24 hours from NTIA’s release of broadband grant criteria.