Posts Tagged ‘FCC’

FCC Chairman Wheeler Continues Push for E-Rate Modernization, Targets ‘Rural Fiber Gap’

Broadband's Impact, Education, FCC, Fiber September 29th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency was committed to modernizing the E-rate program. He made the statement  in remarks at the 2014 Educational Technology Summit here. Schools and libraries participating in the FCC’s E-rate program must pay the best rates available for high-speed connectivity. He said the FCC’s recent […]

An Active Debate Over Whether Wireless Broadband Must Also Play Under Net Neutrality Rules

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality, Wireless September 29th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – Whether or not mobile Internet providers will be subject to the same net neutrality rules as wired broadband providers has become an increasingly prominent factor in the current debate over net neutrality rules. The proposal laid out by the Federal Communications Commission in May would only be applicable to wired […]

Broadband Roundup: Tech Companies Supporting Muni Broadband, and a Caution on Public Utility Regulation

Broadband Roundup, Minority, Net Neutrality, Wireless September 22nd, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2014 – The Internet Association asked the Federal Communications Commission to carefully consider blocking state laws that inhibit municipalities from enlarging their government run Internet networks, The Hill reported. The association, while abstaining from directly asking the federal government to strike down laws in Tennessee and North Carolina, did say that the […]

Three Woman in Communications Policy Highlight Citizen Participation, Activism and Engagement for Broadband

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Net Neutrality September 22nd, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 22, 2014 – Three of the most prominent women in communications policy on Thursday highlighted the vital role of citizen participation, activism and corporate engagement to ensure a collective high-speed broadband future. “The next six to eight months are perhaps going to be the most important months in the history of communications […]

Critics and Supporters of Net Neutrality Trade Claims at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

FCC, Net Neutrality September 21st, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 21, 2014 – At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, critics of net neutrality warned against the negative impacts of internet regulation while supporters of net neutrality said that practices by major communications demonstrated the need for such protections. Both former Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell and economist Jeffrey Eisenach said that […]

Expert Opinion: Telehealth Provides Antidote for ‘Help Wanted’ in Rural America

Expert Opinion, Health September 15th, 2014

Rural Americans are sicker, poorer and more likely to be uninsured than their urban counterparts. Vital human capital links in our nation’s information and healthcare supply chain are missing in rural America, and we need more skilled health care professionals in those communities. Telehealth capabilities offer an antidote to the rural health care conundrum by […]

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 […]

Broadband Roundup: Senate Announces Hearings on Open Internet, While House Democratcs Urge FCC to Regulate Broadband, and Popular Web Sites Protest ‘Slow Lanes’

Net Neutrality September 10th, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2014 – The Senate Judiciary Committee announced that it had scheduled a hearing next Wednesday on the best means to protect an open internet. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he saw the hearing as an opportunity to hear testimony about his views regarding importance of a free and open internet. Leahy and Rep. […]

Broadband Conference in Western Massachusetts Aims to Highlight Internet’s Role in Economic Development

Broadband's Impact September 5th, 2014

September 5, 2014 – Broadband Communities Magazine is hosting its third annual conference on the role that broadband plays in economic development from Tues., Sept. 16 through Thurs., Sept. 18 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The conference builds on successful prior event held in Danville, Virginia, in fall 2012; and in Tinley Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, […]

Speakers at Minority Telecom Conference Call Broadband a 21st Century Civil Right

FCC, Net Neutrality, Wireless July 30th, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 – Speakers at a Minority Media Telecommunications Council conference here on Monday advocated for expanded minority-based involvement with and access to broadband capital. “Broadband is the 21st Century’s civil right and our laws must reflect the digital shift,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C, at the MMTC’s twelfth annual telecom policy conference. […]

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