Boucher and Terry Declare USF Broken
Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service
July 22nd, 2010
WASHINGTON July 22, 2010- Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA) Chairmen of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Lee Terry (R-NE) introduced a new bill to update the Universal Service Fund. This update will include broadband as a mandatory serve, modify the contribution requirements and add new accountability measures.
U.K. Residents Support Priority Superfast Broadband Rollout to Rural Areas
Broadband's Impact, Europe, International
July 13th, 2010
LONDON, July 13, 2010 – The United Kingdom government is under pressure to increase funding for deployment of superfast broadband in rural areas following several public surveys confirming widespread support for positive discrimination in favor of the country’s remote communities. The “outside-in” approach of starting with rural areas first is supported by 62% of the population, according to the latest survey of 453 respondents by ISPreview.co.uk, an independent site dedicated to information about broadband services and providers. Furthermore 44% of all respondents wanted to go straight for fibre optic deployment in rural areas in a single hit, while only 20% agreed with the U.K. government’s plan to provide universal access at a basic rate of 2 Mbps first, with the aim of completing this by 2012.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to Establish Broadband Over Powerline Standard
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact
June 24th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2010 – Broadband over Powerline (BPL) will finally have an established standard. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has been working on a standard since 2005 but only recently has unable to come to agreement.
New York Senator Wants Rural Broadband Action
Broadband Updates, Universal Service
December 23rd, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 23, 2009 – Proponents of Broadband over Power Lines got a boost last week as Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., introduced the Rural Broadband Initiative of 2009, to amend the Rural Electrification Act to include programs meant to bring broadband to areas where BPL might be most effective.
Broadband Breakfast Club Environmental Session Prompts Debate Over Systems Reliability
FCC, National Broadband Plan, Smart Grid
November 11th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 11, 2009 – The creation of a “smart grid” for electricity conservation may lead to parallel telecommunications networks by both utilities and traditional telephone communications providers; whether or not this was a positive development was debated at the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday.
The “smart grid” enables communications about electric transmissions over that electric infrastructure. Broadband, or high-speed internet access, has traditionally occurred over telephone, cable or wireless networks.
Satellite, Broadband over Power Lines and Microwave Technologies Contend for Stimulus Funds
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
June 9th, 2009
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2009 – A diverse “undercard” of broadband technologies is being largely overlooked in the battle for stimulus dollars, a panel of industry representatives said Tuesday at the June Broadband Breakfast Club.