How Internet Companies Are Driving a Public Utility Regulation Approach to Net Neutrality
FCC, Net Neutrality
September 12th, 2014
WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – In what would have seemed highly unlikely just a few months ago, growing support for public utility regulation is emerging. Tech companies, politicians, internet service providers, and component makers have started to outline their views regarding their policy approach to the issue of net neutrality. In order to understand the […]
FCC Releases Latest Report on Measuring Broadband; Gap Between Actual and Advertised Speeds is Closing
Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Wireless
June 18th, 2014
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 – Most internet service providers are delivering upload and download broadband speeds as advertised, according to the Federal Communications Commission, although there is room for improvement in consistency of speed. In its “Measuring Broadband America” report released Thursday, the FCC said that, on average, ISPs are delivering 101 percent of advertised […]
FCC Studies Show Consumers Generally Happy With Broadband Offerings
Broadband Data, FCC
December 10th, 2010
WASHINGTON, December 10, 2010 – The issue of competition among broadband providers has been greatly debated. Some claim that there is a cozy duopoly between cable and DSL while others claim that there is no competition due to lack of access. While it is true that not every area has a truly competitive market, most areas do have at least a single cable and DSL provider. A recent set of white papers by the Federal Communications Commission looks at why users change their ISPs and how consumers feel about their ISPs.
TDS Wins 39 of 46 DSL Projects
Broadband Stimulus, Rural Utilities Service, States
August 5th, 2010
WASHINGTON August 5, 2010- Wednesday’s announcement by the Department of Agriculture included 44 DSL projects, of which 39 were given to a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems (TDS).
Vilsack Announces Funding of 126 Broadband Projects
Broadband Stimulus, Fiber, Mobile Broadband, States, Tribal Broadband
August 4th, 2010
WASHINGTON August 4, 2010 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the funding of 126 new broadband projects with a funding total of $1.2 billion. The projects will span 38 states and a number of Native American tribal areas.
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.
Broadband Subscriber Rates Grow 13% in the Last 12 Months
Broadband Data, International
June 21st, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 21, 2010 – Late last week at the CommunicAsia conference in Singapore, Broadband Forum in conjunction with data from Point Topic GBS released a report on the state of global broadband. According to the report there are currently 484 broadband lines globally. It is important to note that the firm does not specific what speeds it considers broadband but it does include all current forms of internet connectivity both wired and wireless including satellite.
Alcatel-Lucent Announces 300 Mbps DSL
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact
June 7th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Alcatel-Lucent recently announced that its research division, Bell Labs, has modified existing DSL technology to achieve 300 mbps downstream speeds.
Connecting America, Chapter 3: ‘Current State of the Ecosystem’
Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, Official Broadband Plan Document, Transparency, Universal Service, Wireless
March 30th, 2010
To see how broadband is transforming American life, walk down a busy street or pay a visit to any school, business or airport. Parents on business trips use their smartphones to check e-mail or watch short videos of their children playing soccer, hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away. Americans work together in real time on complex documents from different desks in the same office, and workers in different offices around the world collaborate via videoconferencing technology. Sales and field maintenance personnel use mobile devices to access inventory information in their businesses, place orders and update records, increasing efficiency and productivity. Students draw on the richness of the Internet to research historical events or watch simulations of challenging math problems. People are using broadband in ways they could not imagine even a few years ago.
National Broadband Plan: A Look at Chapter 3
Broadband Data, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless
March 29th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 29, 2010 – The third chapter in the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan focuses on the current state of the broadband ecosystem. It sets out to show that the actual state of the broadband network is not about availability and the physical network but also consumer choice and usage.