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Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar on Tuesday, December 17, at 11 a.m. ET: ‘Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus Program: Were Funds Well Spent?’

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2013 – The Broadband Breakfast Club announced that it will host a free, online webinar on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT, on “Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus Program: Were Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Funds Well-Spent?” In a session moderated by Drew Clark, Chairman and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com, Gregory Rosston, Scott Wallsten and John Windhausen will debate the Technology Policy Study in the webinar on December 17. Register today! [more ...] Keep Reading

Video: Mobile Health Broadband Breakfast Club – April 16th, 2013

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 – The broadband policy news and events service BroadbandBreakfast.com held its April 2013 Broadband Breakfast Club event: “Mobile Health: Will Wireless Devices Help Solve the Nation’s Health Crises?” on Tuesday, April 16th 2013 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 8 am – 10 am. The Broadband Breakfast Club is sponsored by Comcast, Google and US Telecom.… Keep Reading

How to Tackle Broadband Adoption by the Nation’s Underserved Populations

WASHINGTON, Thursday, July 26, 2012 – Last week, the fourth year of the Broadband Breakfast Club Series came to an end with a timely panel on “Bringing Broadband Adoption to the Nation’s Underserved Population.”  Panelists from the private, nonprofit and state government sectors came together to discuss what can be done to promote broadband usage in… Keep Reading

What Challenges Are We Still Facing in Seniors Getting Online: What Have We Learned and What Are the Remaining Obstacles?

WASHINGTON Thursday May 17 2012 – Nearly two years after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s (ARRA) broadband deployment and adoption projects were funded and the National Broadband Plan was adopted, we are still dealing with 100 million Americans who do not receive broadband in the home.  While 65% of the population uses broadband, only… Keep Reading

Broadband Breakfast Serves a Thanksgiving Leftover Wrap-Up

WASHINGTON, November 25 2011 – As we all sit and digest post Thanksgiving, Broadband Breakfast can finally wrap up some stories that we have been interested in over the past couple of weeks but have not had time to get around to.  We wanted to draw attention to a couple of the stories below and… Keep Reading

Driving Energy Smart Grid Innovation through Broadband

WASHINGTON, Wednesday November 15, 2011 - November’s breakfast and panel discussion drew a packed crowd Tuesday morning as industry lawyers, lobbyists and experts filed into Clyde’s to hear from the Whitehouse, telecoms, energy management companies and utilities about the challenges and efficiencies that lies ahead with “The Smart Grid and Broadband.” Event Highlights "The Smart Grid and Broadband" from BroadbandBreakfast.com Complete Program "The Smart Grid and Broadband" from BroadbandBreakfast.com Nick Sinai, Senior Advisor to White House’s Chief Technology Officer gave the opening remarks at the breakfast.  Sinai focused on what the Obama administration is doing to support, secure and modernize the energy system for the country.  He noted that although the current grid has expanded, it is fundamentally still an analog grid and has been that way since the beginning of the 20th century. Keep Reading

New Zealand Broadband Plan Sheds Light on U.S. Plan

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2011 – Broadband experts examined whether New Zealand’s ‘Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative’ contained lessons that could be applied to the U.S.’ own broadband situation Tuesday at a New America Foundation Panel (NAF). Panelist Blair Levin, Communications and Society Fellow at the Aspen Institute and one of the primary authors of the National Broadband Plan, exhibited confidence in America’s broadband future. Keep Reading

FCC/Recovery Act

Commerce Department Inspector General Scores BTOP

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2010 - After a post-grant review found numerous inefficiencies and unforeseen problems in the first round of Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grants caused by the sheer size of the program, Commerce Department Inspector General demanded that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration create a plan to improve the efficiency and fairness of both the application process and overall management of BTOP. Keep Reading

NTIA Chief Larry Strickling Urges BTOP Rejects to Reapply, Reapply, Reapply!

DENVER, January 29, 2010 - Ditch the discouragement, review successful applications and reapply, reapply, reapply, was the message at the Denver workshop on Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grants. “Don’t fret over round one, there’s more money in round two,” said Larry Strickling, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the Friday presentation. “I know folks are getting what you’re calling a rejection letter, but we’re looking at it as an 'opportunity to reapply' letter.” Keep Reading

Broadband Expert Q&A: Dan Hays Talks Broadband Mapping, Grants

WASHINGTON, December 29, 2009 – Dan Hays, director of the telecommunications practice at the management consulting firm PRTM, told Broadband Census News Monday that his company has some serious concerns about the overall direction of a government program to distribute funds to spur broadband penetration across the nation. Hays added that the division of grants and programs by state to gather information that will be used for a national broadband map “is driving unnecessary fragmentation.” Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Recovery Act/States

NTIA Gives Millions To Connected Nation, Announces 15 Broadband Mapping Grants

WASHINGTON, December 22, 2009 – Connected Nation, which bills itself as a national non-profit organization that seeks to expand access to broadband internet, hit the jackpot Tuesday when the government announced it will be receiving more than nine million in funding for broadband mapping work. “Congress rightly recognized that increasing broadband access and adoption in communities being left behind in the 21st Century economy depends on better data collection and broadband planning,” said Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, in a statement. Keep Reading

Expert Opinion/Recovery Act

The Rise of the Middle Mile in Obama’s Theory of Broadband Stimulus

WASHINGTON, December 21, 2009 - Last Thursday's announcement of broadband stimulus - even if it was about two-and-a-half percent of the total broadband stimulus funding - was like manna to broadband industry. Whether or not broadband activists and broadband builders believe that the federal government will end up playing a significant part of the telecommunications industry, the tension-in-waiting for action has been palpable and long-building. Keep Reading

Expert Opinion/NTIA/Recovery Act

State Preferred Broadband Stimulus Projects Sweep Day 1

After reviewing the letters from the states to the NTIA, BroadbandBreakfast.com has learned that all of the broadband stimulus projects awarded today were specifically recommended to the NTIA by the states, with the exception of the Rivada Sea Lion project in Alaska and Bretton Woods Telephone Company project in New Hampshire. Alaska did not recommend specific projects to the NTIA, and we are waiting to hear back from New Hampshire regarding their preferred project list. Keep Reading

Recovery Act

No BTOP Broadband Stimulus Awards Today or Tomorrow, Says Commerce Department

WASHINGTON, December 14, 2009 - As the half way mark of December approaches, the two government entities charged with distributing $7.2 billion to expand broadband deployment and adoption have yet to announce any grant recipients. An NTIA official told Broadband Census News on Monday that the agency will not be announcing any grant awardees on Monday or Tuesday, December 15 but still plans to start announcing recipients sometime this month. Keep Reading

Recovery Act

Obama Alludes To Broadband Spending Increase, More Oversight

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2009 – President Barack Obama said his administration is proposing additional funding, outside of the stimulus money Congress allocated in January, to be directed toward modernizing the country’s communications networks. He also said more workers will be tasked with making sure the funding that has been provided, such as to the government broadband stimulus programs, is used as efficiently as possible. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates/Recovery Act

Official: Don’t Ask For Feedback On Grants That Have Not Been Named

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service should not have asked for public feedback on how to effectively get broadband stimulus funds to applicants who should be receiving them before they announced the winners of the first round of grants, a top technology official said Tuesday morning. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act

Obama Telecom Department Wants To Recover Role As Prime Mover On Nation’s Internet Policies

SAN FRANCISCO, December 2, 2009 - The Commerce Department's telecom arm is re-asserting itself as the prime voice for the Obama administration's internet policies, said its chief Larry Strickling Tuesday. Strickling didn't provide any other details other than saying that former MIT Professor Daniel J. Weitzner is in charge of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's policy shop, and that the scope of the portfolio would be wide. It will encompass the administration's positions on issues such as individual privacy on the internet, he said. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act

NTIA and RUS Want Advice On Distributing Billions For Broadband

WASHINGTON, November 10, 2009 - The two government entities charged with distributing $7.2 billion to expand broadband deployment and adoption said Tuesday they are officially seeking public feedback on how to effectively get the funds to the applicants who should be receiving them. The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service were assigned by Congress in January to administer the program but no awardees have yet to be named. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act

Request For Assistance: State Preferred Broadband Stimulus Projects to the NTIA

WASHINGTON, November 9, 2009 - BroadbandCensus.com has been investigating broadband stimulus projects and focusing on the preferred projects from the states. We still lack letters to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration - or notices that states are demanding confidentiality for their letters - from 13 states and territories. The first person to send any letters from the following states will get a complimentary seat at the November 10 Broadband Breakfast Club at Clyde's of Gallery Place at 707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/NTIA/Recovery Act

Seven More States Awarded Broadband Data and Mapping Grants By NTIA; Total is 15

WASHINGTON, November 9, 2009 - On Friday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced seven new state recipients of the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. These grants fund state efforts to map broadband availability and speeds. Each state was asked to pick a designated entity – either a state body or a non-profit organization – that would develop a plan for how broadband mapping would be conducted. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act

Applicants For Stimulus Funds Should Expect A Long Wait; ACORN Deemed Ineligible

WASHINGTON, November 3, 2009 – Between the government’s slowness in announcing recipients of its broadband stimulus grants and the process of dolling out the funds once the awards have been made, applicants can expect a long wait ahead of them. The NTIA will not announce who will receive the first broadband stimulus grants until at least mid-December, according to an NTIA spokeswoman. The agency then plans to announce more awardees on a rolling basis, she added. Keep Reading

Net Neutrality/NTIA/Recovery Act

Cisco Launches Broadband Game, Puts Everyman in Shoes of Telecom Execs

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2009 – Cisco Systems has released a new computer game that puts the common man in the shoes of broadband executive making deployment decisions. The company’s myPlanNet game attempts to make broadband deployment easy to understand – and perhaps forces broadband activists to walk in the shoes of the network executive grappling with tough issues like the underserved and Net neutrality. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/NTIA/Recovery Act

NTIA's Broadband Data Collection Efforts to Combine With Census Bureau Questions

WASHINGTON, October 30, 2009 – At a Friday workshop that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration held on data collection and the broadband stimulus, NTIA announced that the agency will be collecting large amounts of data that they would like to make more broadly available. Researchers and other government agencies will also be using the data collected to create new programs and create predictive models, agency officials said. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act

Strickling and Adelstein Tout Role of Small Business, and Rural Ones, to Broadband Recovery

WASHINGTON, October 28, 2009 - Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence Strickling said Wednesday that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will work to apply the lessons from the first round as it moves on to the next phase of broadband stimulus applications. “The NTIA and RUS are finalizing a new request for information that will help us shape the round two process,” Strickling said, testifying before the House Small Business Committee. He also said that at least 15 percent of the applications for stimulus funding came from small and disadvantaged businesses. Keep Reading

NTIA/Recovery Act

Lawmakers Want Stimulus Funds Getting To Rural America; 'Remoteness' Definition Raises Concerns

WASHINGTON, October 27, 2009 - Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation raised concerns Tuesday about getting broadband stimulus funds out to remote areas and how these areas should be defined. The discussion took place during an oversight hearing on the process of awarding out the $7.2 billion provided to the federal government by Congress to expand broadband deployment and adoption. Keep Reading

NTIA's Lawrence Strickling Describes Role of BTOP in Broadband Plan, Innovation Strategy

NEW YORK, October 26, 2009 – NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling, speaking at a telecommunications conference here on Friday, said that a national broadband plan is key to the innovation strategy of the Obama administration, along with expanding research and development, increasing education and providing a strong technological ecosystem. With regard to the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program funding program, he said that not every good project would be funded, as there simply are not enough funds. At the same time, he said he wanted to make sure that the agency did not fund any bad projects. Keep Reading

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