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BroadbandCensus.com, the Mission Small Business Contest, and the Need for Better Broadband

June 27, 2012 - Small businesses are the livelihood of any thriving economy. Increasingly, these start-up businesses need access to broadband to drive their products and services. BroadbandCensus.com has been no exception to this rule. BroadbandCensus.com has always been focused on ensuring that the public has access to the information that it needs about the… Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Recovery Act/States

Partnership for a Connected Illinois Announces Drew Clark as Executive Director; Founder of BroadbandCensus.com to Lead State Broadband Data and Deployment Effort

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, and WASHINGTON, February 25, 2010 – The Partnership for a Connected Illinois, a non-profit organization that includes partnerships with Southern Illinois University, Man-Tra-Con, and Connected Nation, on Thursday announced Drew Clark as its new Executive Director. On Wednesday, PCI also unveiled BroadbandStat, a new interactive mapping tool for viewing and analyzing broadband data. Clark, the founder of BroadbandCensus.com and an experienced, independent telecom industry analyst, brings a unique public interest perspective to broadband data collection, which is vital to the effective deployment of high-speed internet networks throughout the United States. “I’m glad that our team of broadband experts is moving forward to help achieve the ambitious vision for a public, transparent map of technology infrastructure that President Obama and I share,” said Governor Pat Quinn. A long-time advocate of improving broadband access in Illinois, Governor Quinn has worked with public and private partners over many years to ensure connectivity in all areas. Keep Reading

Recovery Act

Officials: Snow Will Not Delay Broadband Stimulus Awards, or Round 2 Applications

WASHINGTON, February 13, 2010 – The snowstorm that shut much of Washington down this past week will not change the due date for Round 2 broadband stimulus applications, nor will it delay the naming of Round 1 winners, federal officials said Friday. Speaking at a “Broadband Stimulus Town Hall Workshop Webcast,” National Telecommunications and Information Administration Senior Advisor Angela Simpson assured the panelists that the Commerce Department does not believe that the March 15 due date for Round 2 stimulus applications is in jeopardy. Rural Utilities Service Deputy Administrator Jessica Zufolo said that the agency has dedicated $300 million in Round 1 awards, and is on target for its end-of-February deadline for making awards public. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Expert Opinion

The New York Times Highlights BroadbandCensus.com and Other Internet Speed Tests

WASHINGTON, January 21, 2010 - Today's edition of The New York Times includes a story about internet speed tests, including BroadbandCensus.com, and the various approaches that each of the major providers take in offering speed tests. The piece, "How Fast is Your Web Connection?" by Peter Wayner, includes ISPGeeks.com, Toast.net, VisualWare, Pingtest.net, and DSLReports.com, along with BroadbandCensus.com. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Expert Opinion

Report Using Census Block Data Finds Broadband Adoption Rate of 72.9 Percent

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2009 - A new report using an innovative approach to broadband data finds that the percentage of households in the United States that have adopted high-speed internet services is 72.9 percent. The report was generated by comparing the Census blocks in which broadband is available with the number of subscribers that carriers report to the Federal Communications Commission. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Expert Opinion

BroadbandCensus.com Sees Hope in NTIA’s Request for Form 477 Database

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 - The news that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration aims to seek access to the Form 477 database is positive news -- providing that the public obtains access to the database, too. Even before the founding of BroadbandCensus.com more than two years ago, the individuals associated with the data side of BroadbandCensus.com have been urging the public disclosure of basic broadband data. We call this the Broadband SPARC: for Speeds, Prices, Availability, Reliability and Competition. Keep Reading

Broadband Data

NTIA Seeks Access to FCC’s Form 477 Database for Better Broadband Data

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2009 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration last week asked the Federal Communications Commission to release a key database of information about broadband deployment assembled from providers of high-speed internet access. In a public notice dated Wednesday, November 25, the FCC said it intended to release this database -- the Form 477 database -- to the NTIA unless it received opposition from the carriers who have provided the broadband data by December 7, 2009. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Expert Opinion

Broadband Census Launches BroadbandBreakfast.com for News; Keeps BroadbandCensus.com For Public and Transparent Data Collection

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 - Today, Broadband Census News launches BroadbandBreakfast.com, a new daily web site with definitive and independent news on broadband stimulus funding, wireless internet, and the national broadband plan. This new domain, BroadbandBreakfast.com, will be used for the journalistic operations of Broadband Census News LLC -- our company's news subsidiary -- and will cover broadband technology and internet policy. Our reporters are passionate about broadband, and we aim to maintain our focus on core issues of broadband technology and internet policy. Meanwhile, the web site BroadbandCensus.com has been relaunched for the purposes of Broadband Census Data LLC: ensuring that the public has free and transparent access to basic and granular broadband information about broadband Speeds, Prices, Availability, Reliability and Competition. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Expert Opinion

BroadbandCensus.com: Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan

WASHINGTON, October 30, 2009 – Over the summer, BroadbandCensus.com split our operations between the news and events that we host, and the Creative Commons database with the local broadband SPARC: the Speeds, Prices, Availability, Reliability and Competition in the local broadband marketplace. As we’ve now entered the fourth year of this saga in which BroadbandCensus.com has been leading the charge for public and transparent broadband data, much has changed about the opportunity that we face, and our country faces, in bringing better broadband data to consumers, and to policy-makers. In previous versions of this series of blog posts taking stock, I’ve highlighted our efforts to start the ball rolling on crowdsourcing broadband data, and on uniting scholars and state officials through the “Broadband Census for America” conference that we hosted on the eve of the passage of the Broadband Data Improvement Act. Today, I’d like to speak about some of the major changes that 2009 has brought to BroadbandCensus.com – particularly as both our news and our data side have helped to set the table for the national broadband plan currently under development. In the final series of these blog posts, next week, I plan to unveil some of the major changes in store as we relaunch BroadbandCensus.com. Keep Reading

Net Neutrality

Microsoft, Yahoo Weigh In On FCC’s Proposed 'Open Internet' Rules

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2009 – Microsoft and Yahoo on Thursday gingerly weighed into the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rules governing internet access – otherwise known as “Net neutrality” – that were announced last week. The two companies offered up, to BroadbandCensus.com, carefully crafted comments splitting the difference between the hardening battle lines between Google and AT&T. Keep Reading

Wireless

Before October 27 Auction, a Q&A With Gregory Rose, Author of 'The WiMAX Band'

WASHINGTON, October 23, 2009 - Next Tuesday, October 27, 2009, the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to hold Auction 86, for the use of radio-frequencies being deployed through WiMAX technologies. The presence of two major carriers in the band – Clearwire and Sprint – makes this auction crucial for the success of WiMAX in the United States. Last week, BroadbandCensus.com began offering for sale a major report on “The ‘WiMAX Band’: Characteristics, Technology, Major Spectrum Holders in the BRS-EBS Service and Prospects for Auction 86.” BRS-EBS stands for Broadband Radio Service-Educational Broadband Service. Click here for further information about the report – including an extensive series of detailed and searchable auction tables in spreadsheets. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Expert Opinion

Should Incumbents or Independents Participate in Broadband Mapping Treasure?

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2009 - Carl Weinschenck, writing in IT Business Edge, speaks about "Broadband Mapping: Treasure for a New Age." Carl discusses the rash of interest in broadband data and mapping since the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, in February 2009, and highlights the work of several data companies. Among the companies highlighted are Ridgeview Telecom, Connected Nation, and BroadbandCensus.com. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Broadband's Impact

Metrics Working Group of the U.S. Broadband Coalition Offers 'Policy Options'

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2009 – The U.S. Broadband Coalition, an assemblage of more than 160 organizations pressing for a comprehensive national broadband strategy, on Thursday released its final report at the Federal Communications Commission. Drew Clark, Editor of Broadband Census News LLC and Executive Director of Broadband Census Data LLC, was co-Chair of the coalition’s Metrics Working Group, together with Rob Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Below are excerpts from the final “policy options” crafted by the working group and included in the final report. Keep Reading

Expert Opinion

BroadbandCensus.com: Starting the Ball Rolling on Crowdsourcing

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2009 – Public and transparent broadband data has now been elevated to the level of a fundamental principle, at least in the Monday speech by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. But it’s worth reflecting on the time – not so long ago – when the quest to collect this kind of broadband data was an unrealized vision at the losing end of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Keep Reading

Press Releases

BroadbandCensus.com Releases Beta Version of Public Broadband Map in South Carolina; Announces Broadband Census Data LLC

WASHINGTON, September 2, 2009 – BroadbandCensus.com announced that it has released a beta version of a public broadband map of Richland County, South Carolina, which is available at http://broadbandcensusmaps.com. The map presents a Census block-by-Census block display of the availability, technologies and carriers offering broadband service within the area of Columbia, S.C. This beta map continues to be under active development by BroadbandCensus.com, and feedback is encouraged. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com, One Web Day, and the Quest for Broadband Transparency

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. Keep Reading

Q&A with Anthony Wilhelm of NTIA and Ken Kuchno of RUS

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2009 – Broadband experts all across the county have been dissecting the Notice of Funds Availability released earlier this month by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. As a special benefit to paid subscribers of its Weekly Report, BroadbandCensus.com here publishes an edited transcript of questions posed and answers given at the Broadband Stimulus Town Hall Webcast co-produced by TV Worldwide and BroadbandCensus.com, and which took place on July 9, 2009. Keep Reading

Connecting Broadband Networks and Applications in NTIA Proposals

LAKE FOREST, Ill., July 19, 2009 - The NTIA's BTOP program tracks the old NTIA Technology Opportunities Program. There are going to be maximum awards for those applications which attempt to solve multiple policy objectives, on the “biggest bang for the stimulus buck” theory. And states are going to be influential in the evaluation system, to the extent that their prioritization efforts are transparent and fair. Keep Reading

New Updates to the BroadbandCensus.com List of NTIA Comments

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2009 - The BroadbandCensus.com List of NTIA Comments has been updated to include summaries of comments from AT&T, Atkins Telephone, ATSI, Barling Bay, Benton Foundation, Big Think Strategies, Boston, Bresnan Communications, Broadband Development Corporation, Broadband Diversity Supporters, Broadpoint, Center for Democracy and Technology, Cheetah Wireless, Chicago, Cisco, Community Connect Network, Connected Nation, US Cellular, US Telecom Association, and Utopian Wireless. Keep Reading

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