Rep. Boucher Introduces ‘Voluntary Incentives Auction’ Act
July 30th, 2010
WASHINGTON July 30, 2010 –Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., in coordination with ranking member Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., unveiled a new bill aimed at addressing America’s scarce supply of spectrum. The legislation, titled the “Voluntary Incentive Auctions Act,” would permit the FCC to conduct incentive-based spectrum auctions.
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.
Balancing Consumer Choice in the Information Privacy Debate
July 25th, 2009
WASHINGTON, July 25, 2009 – Advertisers need to consider consumers’ right to privacy when they collect information on individual internet consumers, a panel of academics, non-profits and industry officials agreed on Friday.
Broadband Maps a Necessary Component of Stimulus Grants, Says Stearns
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
July 17th, 2009
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2009 – The House Subcommittee on Communications will hold a hearing “in the near future” on making broadband maps a necessary component of awarding Broadband Initiatives Program and Broadband Technological Opportunities Program grants, subcommittee ranking member Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., said Thursday.
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.
Legislators See 'Underserved' Definition as First Step for Broadband Stimulus
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
April 5th, 2009
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2009 – Proper oversight of the $7.2 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program can only take place if key terms are defined properly, a panel of agency officials and policy experts told a congressional committee on Thursday.
Congress, Industry Execs Agree on Broadband in Revamped Universal Service Fund
March 12th, 2009
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2009 -The Obama administration’s priority in broadband deployment injected an undercurrent of excitement into a Thursday hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Technology, Communications, Technology and the Internet.