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Broadband Roundup: White House and Wheeler Together, Cable Industry Group, and Commentary on NTIA Broadband Report

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Gigabit Networks, Net Neutrality, NTIA October 20th, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 20, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that he and President Barack Obama agree in their opposition to paid prioritization, Multichannel News reported. Obama stated his objection to the practice during his remarks at an innovation forum in California on October 9. Although the two haven’t discussed it directly, Wheeler […]

Broadband Roundup: Standard-Option Encryption, Madison Fiber Build, and the House of Wheeler

Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact October 1st, 2014

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2014 – Smartphones are about to become “NSA-proof,” according to the Washington Post. In the wake of continued stream of information about surveillance by the National Security Agency, Google and Apple are making device encryption a standard feature in their newest software releases in an effort to ease consumer concern about government […]

Broadband Roundup: California Public Utilities Commission Delays Title II Regulation

Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality, Privacy September 15th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 – Set to pass a proposal enduring public utility regulation of broadband providers under Title II of the Communications Act, the California Public Utilities Commission instead put the proposal on hold, reported Multichannel News. The proposal endorsing Title II regulation was believed to have passed on a 3-2 vote on September […]

In Partisan Vote, FCC Passes a Modified E-Rate Proposal for Spending Funds on Wi-Fi Connectivity

FCC, Universal Service July 15th, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 – The Federal Communications Commission on Friday voted to modernize of its E-Rate program Friday, reallocating funds from technologies considered obsolete to Wi-Fi based connectivity in schools and libraries. However, owing to strong skepticism from opponents over funding, the proposal was scaled back to $2 billion, down from its original $5 […]

A New Era for Broadband Use and Adoption? Collaborative Efforts Between Providers and Internet Educators Lead the Way

Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service July 23rd, 2012

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 – The existence of the Federal Communications Commissions Broadband Lifeline Pilot, and the emergence of national public-private organizations focused on computer training could herald the beginning of a new age of broadband adoption and use, said panelists at the Broadband Breakfast Club last week. released the video of the event, […]

Obama’s Third Generation of Broadband Policy and the Universal Broadband Imperative

Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service, Universal Service August 22nd, 2011

WASHINGTON, August 22, 2011 – The beauty of the internet has always been the disconnection of content and infrastructure.

Landline phone service was a one-to-one medium. It required the phone company’s infrastructure of wires and switches and telephones. Broadcast television was one-to-many. It relied upon the towers and transmitters of the broadcasters, plus a standard-issue television.

Let alone the fact that today we largely watch televisions connected to wires, and largely talk into mobile phones untethered to Ma Bell’s cords. There is the wealth of many-to-many communication through the multiplicity of applications that make the internet what it is today.

None of this, of course, is new – until one considers Washington’s subsidization schemes.

Expert Opinion: Broadcast Broadband to Everyone: Messaging Beyond the Inner Circle

Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion July 13th, 2011

At MIO, we’re well aware that broadband isn’t being used to its full potential because not enough of the right people know what it is or what it can do for them. And since they don’t know what they’re missing, they’re not asking policymakers or the companies that provide broadband to make it more accessible. This is, in essence, the underlying problem that will perpetuate the digital divide.

Our nation’s goal is to decrease that divide: to help key decision-makers understand what broadband is and why they need it; encourage companies and policymakers to make it widely available; and help communities make the most of the opportunities it offers for economic development, increased quality and reach of services, and jobs.

Broadband Breakfast Club Considers Broadband Stimulus Efforts and Begins Evaluating its Impact

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband TV, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service October 22nd, 2010

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2010 – Now that all of the broadband stimulus funding has been distributed, its effectiveness can now be evaluated. That was the message at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, October 19. Video of the event was released on Friday. While the long term value of the stimulus is still unknown, panelists were able to gauge the way in which the funds were distributed.

What Worked in Broadband Stimulus, and Why Washington Should Pay Attention (Updated!)

Broadband Calendar, Broadband Stimulus, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service October 18th, 2010

When Washington thinks about the “broadband stimulus,” what should it remember? The federal government spent nearly $7 billion on new, broadband-related activities, that in many respects were completely unlike traditional federal telecommunications spending on telephone service.

Tomorrow’s Broadband Breakfast Club, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19, at Clyde’s of Gallery Place in Washington, will be one of the first post-stimulus forums to convene the major players and consider these “big-picture” questions. Registration for the event is available at, and (for those outside of Washington) a free video of the event will be made available here later in the week.

Broadband Breakfast Club Convenes Forum to Discuss and Evaluate Broadband Stimulus

Broadband Calendar, Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service October 14th, 2010

WASHINGTON, October 14, 2010 – The internet and intellectual property news service announces the second event in its Fall 2010 – 2011 Broadband Breakfast Club series, “Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus.”

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