U.S. Broadband Deployment and Speeds are Beating Europe’s, Says Scholar Touting ‘Facilities-based Competition’
Broadband Data, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan
June 10th, 2014
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 – In spite of press reports to the contrary, U.S. broadband coverage is not falling behind European levels of service, academic Christopher Yoo said on Wednesday at the National Press Club. “It seems like every other week there’s a new infographic or news story that talks about how the U.S. is […]
Berkman Center Report on Next Generation Connectivity Criticizes U.S. Policy Choices
Broadband Stimulus, National Broadband Plan
November 17th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 17, 2009 – The main purpose of the report by the Berkman Center at Harvard University, commissioned by the Federal Communications Commission, was to examine global broadband policies and determine how the United States may adopt principles employed by the rest of the world as a means of expanding the current state of domestic broadband. Among nations, there seem to be two different overarching goals, ubiquity and capacity.
Many European nations seem to be reaching for a goal of ubiquity rather than capacity. While they do seek to obtain high-speed connections, their first goal has been to achieve mass adoption and availability of broadband. This ubiquity was a key portion of Japan’s early broadband planning, but now it has shifted toward higher-capacity connectivity.
First County to Declare Broadband a Legal Right: Not Finland, but Switzerland
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Universal Service
October 31st, 2009
October 31, 2009 – Finland made headlines earlier this month in declaring that broadband had become a legal right. While this startled some people, the Finns were not the first people to declare this – the Swiss were. Further, in 2003, at the World Summit on the Information Society, a declaration of principles was drafted and signed by a number of nations around the world, including the United States.
NTIA's Lawrence Strickling Describes Role of BTOP in Broadband Plan, Innovation Strategy
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, NTIA, Premium Content
October 26th, 2009
NEW YORK, October 26, 2009 – NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling, speaking at a telecommunications conference here on Friday, said that a national broadband plan is key to the innovation strategy of the Obama administration, along with expanding research and development, increasing education and providing a strong technological ecosystem. With regard to the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program funding program, he said that not every good project would be funded, as there simply are not enough funds. At the same time, he said he wanted to make sure that the agency did not fund any bad projects.
Will Copyright Issues Interfere With the National Broadband Plan?
October 7th, 2009
WASHINGTON, October 7, 2009 – A panel discussion last week about what can be done to protect copyrighted content over the Internet united discussions of intellectual property protection with the congressionally-mandated effort to create a national broadband plan.
CWA Publishes State-by-State Download Speeds. How About Carrier-by-Carrier Speeds?
August 15th, 2008
August 15 – The Communications Workers of America’s Speed Matters blog this week published its state-by-state report on download speeds in the United States. According to the report, the median download speed for the nation was 2.3 Megabits per second, and the report provides state-by-state totals.
Panelists Debate Success of U.S. Deregulation in Broadband
June 9th, 2008
Experts on both sides of the Atlantic squared off on Monday about whether the United States’ broadband policies were a success.