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Drew Clark: Why a Well-Functioning Intellectual Property System Needs to Strike Down Bad Patents

Intellectual Property August 29th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This past week, Drew Clark’s column in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah, was on the importance of balance in our patent system. Click here for links to all of his Deseret News columns.

ASPEN, Colo. — As with many former mining camps in the Rocky Mountains, this one is best known for winter sports like skiing. But this mountain town has also developed a summertime niche: Hosting policy-makers seeking the cool air refuge from humid Washington summers.

This year, the refreshing breeze came in from the new head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

For nearly 20 years, Aspen in late August has been home to a small but influential gathering of the Technology Policy Institute. It gathers legislators, regulators, lobbyists and academics who seek to shape the course of policy surrounding information and communications technology.

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FCC Workshop on eRate Funding Shows New Flexibility for School and Library Fiber Builds

FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Universal Service June 18th, 2015

June 18, 2015 – Recent changes to the eligibility rules for the Federal Communication Commission’s eRate program open the door for new fiber connections for schools and libraries using agency funds. Among the rule changes were the suspension of the requirement that applicants seek funding for large up front construction costs over several years, the […]

Schools, Health and Libraries Conference a Vital Connection for Public Broadband

Education, FCC, Health, Minority, NTIA, Universal Service May 18th, 2015

Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition Conference

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 – More than five years after the unveiling of the National Broadband Plan, policy-makers and on-the-ground-advocates seeking to build better broadband networks will convene here this week at the annual conference of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition.

The conference, “Enhancing Broadband Through Innovation, Investment and Inclusion,” has become the regular Washington gathering point for those engaged in public broadband initiatives.

Among the keynote and plenary sessions at this year’s conference include addresses by Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen, plus Mayor Jill Boudreau of Mount Vernon, Washington.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Pokes Finger in Eye of Telecom Incumbents at Broadband Communities in Austin

FCC, Gigabit Networks April 14th, 2015

AUSTIN, April 14, 2015 – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission came to Broadband Communities Summit here to metaphorically poke his finger in the eye of the biggest incumbent communications companies.

He cited this city as Exhibit A for his mantra of “competition, competition, competition.”

And one day after the first of multiple legal challenges to the agency’s network neutrality rules, Wheeler delivered a full-throated defense of those regulations.

Wheeler also defended — to repeated applause from the crowd — a vigorous defense of municipalities and to communities’ rights to offer broadband internet services.

Chairman Tom Wheeler at the Broadband Communities Summit.

Jonathan Chambers of the FCC Says Results of Rural Broadband Experiment Teach Incumbents a Lesson

Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping, FCC, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service, Universal Service April 14th, 2015

AUSTIN, April 14, 2015 – The official from the Federal Communications Commission responsible for the agency’s unique “rural broadband experiment” on Monday said the experiment was less about learning than about teaching the rural telecom industry that it can do better.

Speaking on panel at the Broadband Communities Summit here, Jonathan Chambers, chief of the Office of Strategic Planning at the FCC, said: “I wanted to teach certain people in Washington that we could do better than 4 megabits per second (Mbps) down and 1 Mbps up [in broadband speeds.]” [...]

Jonathan Chambers, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning, FCC

Financing of Public Private Partnerships Focus of Pre-Conference Workshop on Monday at Broadband Summit

Broadband's Impact April 10th, 2015

AUSTIN, April 10, 2015 – One of the most promising aspects of the revived interest in community broadband networks is the great availability of opportunities for public-private partnerships to build or enhance next-generation internet infrastructure.

This year, at the Broadband Communities Summit next week here in Austin, the main conference from April 14-April 16 will be proceeded by a special event, “Financing Fiber Networks,” on Monday, April 13, 2015.

The program runs from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., and includes panels on “Private Financing Mechanisms,” “State and Regional Funding Programs,” “Working Lunch and Armchair Interview between Lev Gonick of OneCommunity and Dave Shaw of Kirton McConkie,” “Municipal Debt Financing and Public-Private Partnerships,” “Thinking Outside the Box,” and “Federal Loans, Grants and USF Support.”

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On Net Neutrality, Six Ways The FCC’s Public Utility Order Will Lose In Court

Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality April 8th, 2015

Now that the festivities celebrating the FCC’s “historic” Open Internet order have quieted down, the hangover is settling in for a long stay. The FCC is preparing to publish the new rules, along with dozens of other changes to its public utility regulations that go with its radical new Internet governance plan, perhaps as early as this week.

FCC to Put Its Legal Weight Behind Preemption of State Laws That Limit Community Gigabit Networks

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks February 3rd, 2015

February 3, 2015 – The Federal Communications Commission will put its legal weight behind a petition that would preempt laws in North Carolina and Tennessee  that restrict the ability of community broadband networks to expand operations. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will urge his fellow commissioners — and is expected to obtain support from a majority […]

Speaking at Federal Trade Commission, Obama Urges Internet Privacy Legislation for Consumers and Students

Cybersecurity, Net Neutrality, Privacy January 12th, 2015

WASHINGTON, January 12, 2015 – President Barack Obama on Monday announced that his administration would push for two new pieces of federal internet privacy legislation, one pertaining to consumers and one pertaining to students. He also announced that the Department of Education would offer new tools to help students and teacher help protect their privacy. […]

Gigabit Networks Featured at Kansas City Broadband Conference This Week and Next

Broadband Data, Gigabit Networks January 12th, 2015

January 12, 2015 – Gigabit Networks will be a featured discussion and two Kansas City- based broadband conference this week and next week. “Gigabit City Summit” will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, January 13 through Thursday, January 15. “The State of Broadband – And the Road Ahead” will take place in Kansas […]

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