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Internet Society of New York Event Surveys Broadband Landscape at Home and Abroad

NEW YORK, November 12, 2014 – The Internet Society of New York (ISOC-NY) and the Federal Communications Bar Association gathered at Brooklyn Law School’s Forchelli Center on a beautiful November day here. The views of Brooklyn from the 22nd floor, across to Staten Island and New Jersey, were breathtaking. The action was indoors in a… Keep Reading

Broadband Roundup: White House and Wheeler Together, Cable Industry Group, and Commentary on NTIA Broadband Report

WASHINGTON, October 20, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that he and President Barack Obama agree in their opposition to paid prioritization, Multichannel News reported. Obama stated his objection to the practice during his remarks at an innovation forum in California on October 9. Although the two haven’t discussed it directly, Wheeler… Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

Broadband Roundup: Advocacy Groups Weigh in Pro-and-Con on Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 – A variety of developments on the battle regarding network neutrality: FreePress Tells FCC Title II Ensures Net Neutrality Protections The advocacy group Free Press blasted Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s efforts to use Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as the means to enough to ensure network… Keep Reading

Broadband Roundup: California Public Utilities Commission Delays Title II Regulation

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 – Set to pass a proposal enduring public utility regulation of broadband providers under Title II of the Communications Act, the California Public Utilities Commission instead put the proposal on hold, reported Multichannel News. The proposal endorsing Title II regulation was believed to have passed on a 3-2 vote on September… Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

How Internet Companies Are Driving a Public Utility Regulation Approach to Net Neutrality

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… Keep Reading

Al Franken at Free Press Panel: The Internet Is the First Amendment Issue of Our Time

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 – The internet is the First Amendment issue of our time, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn, said at a Tuesday panel discussion hosted by the non-profit advocacy group Free Press. He chastised opponents of net neutrality for not understanding that without it, “deep-pocketed corporations can pay to get their content to you… Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality/Senate

Senate Upholds FCC Open Internet Rules

WASHINGTON Friday November 10, 2011. Thursday afternoon, the Senate voted 52 – 46 to defeat S.J Res 6 which would have overturned the Federal Communication Commissions Open Internet Rules. The rules are now set to go into effect on Nov 20, but they still face challenges in the courts from companies like Metro PCS, Verizon that… Keep Reading

FCC/People

Baker to Leave FCC to Lobby for NBCUniversal

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2011 - FCC Commissioner, Meredith Baker, announced Wednesday that she will resign her post on June 3, after which she will begin her tenure as a lobbyist for NBCUniversal. Baker's served as one of the five FCC commissioners for less than two years, after being sworn in by President Barack Obama in July, 2009. Previously, she spent five years during the second Bush administration at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, where she rose to the top spot in that agency. Keep Reading

Free Press Panel Blasts ‘Broken’ FCC

BOSTON, April 13, 2011 - Panelists at the Free Press National Conference for Media Reform railed on the Federal Communications Commission over the weekend, debating to what extent the Commission has been "captured" by industry and how to fix it. Joel Kelsey, Political Advisor at Free Press, moderated the panel, entitled "How to Fix the Broken FCC." The event included participants from the public interest, industry and government sectors. Keep Reading

Expert Opinion: How to Bring More Handsets to More Carriers

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 - Despite fanfare regarding the end of exclusivity for the Apple iPhone with the launch of a CDMA version, the reality is that many carriers are still unable to attain certain devices. While the majority of current subscribers now have access to the once-exclusive iPhone, because AT&T and Verizon have been allowed to create a duopoly in the wireless industry, from a competition standpoint, AT&T and Verizon are the only two carriers with access to the device. Translation: Less than 2 percent of domestic wireless carriers have access to one of the nation’s most coveted devices. Just as the iPhone is not the only smartphone on the market, it is also not the only device that is unavailable to consumers. Due to exclusive handset arrangements, consumers are left to choose between robust coverage where they live or the latest hot device they desire. Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

House Subcommittee Votes To Nullify Open Internet Order

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2011 – The Communications and Technology Subcommittee voted Wednesday in a 15-8 party-line vote to disapprove the new Federal Communications Committee net neutrality regulations. Chairman Greg Walden presided over hearing Wednesday morning, which debated the open Internet regulations set by the FCC. This was the committee’s second hearing on the topic after a four-hour marathon session last month in which legislators put the five FCC Commissioners in the hot seat. Keep Reading

MetroPCS Accused of Violating Open Internet Order

Consumer groups sent a letter to the FCC last week accusing low-cost carrier, MetroPCS, of violating the Open Internet Order by limiting user access to services. The Center for Media Justice, Free Press, Media Access Project, New America Foundation and Presente.org submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission stating MetroPCS is causing a new digital divide… Keep Reading

Content Makers Seek Protection but Waver When It Comes to Network Neutrality

WASHINGTON, October 28, 2010 - Many content makers have called upon the Federal Communications Commission to protect their ability to distribute content via the internet, yet these same content makers are reluctant to play by the same rules. Recent decisions by content makers to block some Google TV and an ESPN service show the murkiness of the debates surrounding network neutrality. Keep Reading

Public Interest Groups Bemoan Reported Google, Verizon Secret Network Neutrality Pact

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2010 - It has been reported that Google and Verizon are working on a secret pact about network neutrality. The New York Times says this pact will give Google products preferential treatment on the Verizon network. However both firms are claiming this is untrue. Public interest organizations however bemoan the entire concept of a secret pact. Keep Reading

How Should the FCC Regulate Broadband? A Roundup of ‘Third Way’ Comments

WASHINGTON July 16, 2010 - After the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding Comcast’s ability to thwart broadband traffic over the peer-to-peer file-sharing software BitTorrent, the Federal Communications Commission was faced with uncertainty in regulating broadband. In order to give the FCC firmer ground to regulate internet services, agency Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a proposal that has been dubbed the “Third Way” between regulating and deregulating internet services. Thursday was the deadline for comments from the public regarding the notice of inquiry which was issued in June. Consumer groups and content makers praised aspects of the “Third Way,” while internet service providers were largely opposed. Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

Non-Profits Send Letter Supporting Net Neutrality to FCC

WASHINGTON July 1, 2010 – In a show of support for network neutrality 150 groups sent a letter of support to the Federal Communications Commission. The coalition included a wide range of stakeholders from the DC based media advocacy group Free Press, to Helping Hands Pet rescue out of Florida, to Massachusetts’ Stop It Now! Child Sex Abuse Prevention and Protection Center. Keep Reading

Obama to Implement Spectrum Recommendation from National Broadband Plan

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2010On Monday the President announced that he has instructed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to make 500 MHz of spectrum available over the next 10 years. This release of spectrum is one of the first direct implementations of recommendations made by the National Broadband Plan. “America's future competitiveness and global technology leadership depend, in part, upon the availability of additional spectrum” said President Obama. Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

FCC Meets in Closed Door Session with Telecom Lobbyists

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission held a closed door meeting with major stakeholders to possibly come to a deal on broadband regulation. In a move which looks to be directly opposed to the Obama administration’s promise of increased government transparency, the FCC will not make the meeting open to the public. Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

AT&T Threatens to Stop Deploying U-Verse

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2010 – In response to FCC Chairmen Julius Genachowski’s Third Way proposal to institute a level of regulation on broadband AT&T has decided to “rethink” it’s spending on its high speed DSL service. AT&T’s U-Verse offers users television and internet to 24 million homes; with plans to add another 6million by the end of next year. Keep Reading

Public Interest Groups Press for Ambitious Broadband Networks As Part of Plan

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. Keep Reading

Google Shakes Up Broadband Landscape With Fiber Build Initiative

WASHINGTON, February 10, 2010 – Google shook up the broadband world on Wednesday with the announcement, on its blog, that it plans to offer super-fast broadband, at speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second, to up to 500,000 homes. Google framed its entrance into the marketplace to deploy fiber-optic services as a “testbed” to understand more about the way that consumers and businesses use internet applications when truly high-speed services are available. “We'll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections,” said Minnie Ingersoll and James Kelly, project managers at Google. “We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.” Keep Reading

Net Neutrality Comments

FCC Inundated With Network Neutrality Filings From Wide Range of Groups

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2010 - The Federal Communications Commission was inundated this week with a new slew of comments on its proposed plan to ensure an open internet through network neutrality regulation. Players like the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council weighed in on the Internet’s importance to minority communities, while heavy hitters from Hollywood and big communications firms also added their more than two cents. Here’s just a sampling of comments from the broadband industry community and look for more in-depth stories on BroadbandBreakfast.com in the next couple of days. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Wireless

Sen. John Kerry Wades Into Retransmission Consent Spat

WASHINGTON, December 22, 2009 - The annual dance between broadcasters and cable providers gained a new player on Tuesday as Sen John Kerry, D-Mass., sent a letter to executives at Fox and Time Warner Cable urging the companies to resolve their respective issues over retransmission consent between now and December 31, when the current agreement expires. Keep Reading

Broadband Updates

Competition is Critical for National Plan, Free Press Report Says

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2009 - Competition is key to a truly successful national broadband plan according to a report released on Wednesday by advocacy group Free Press. The report, entitled "Making the National Broadband Plan Work for America,"is a a public interest guide that lays out the central questions that must be answered by the Federal Communications Commission," Free Press said in a release. Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact

Lawmaker Weighs Government Intervention In The Media

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2009 - A senior lawmaker on Wednesday weighed in on government intervention in the media at a Federal Trade Commission forum convened to consider an alleged decreasing amount of original reporting taking place, as media outlets shut down or layoff journalists in the face of falling revenues. The widespread availability of broadband technology plays an important role both in the alleged problem – competition to traditional print media revenue streams – and in the proposed solution: widespread availability of online content funded through a variety of means. Keep Reading

Net Neutrality

FCC Net Neutrality Efforts Spark Interest Group Mania

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2009 - As the Federal Communications Commission nears the monthly meeting slated for Thursday to consider new regulations regarding Net neutrality, e-mail boxes across Washington are being flooded by all manner of interest groups staking their claim over neutrality and freedom on the Internet. Keep Reading

FCC Tweets, Free Press Class Big Firms Twits

WASHINGTON, August 31, 2009 – The Federal Communica¬tions Commission is making good on its efforts to be transparent and timely – this time in 140 characters or less. The agency has joined the thousands of Twitterers by launching its tweets at http://www.twitter.com/fccdotgov. The FCC’s tweets include news about the agency and progress reports on the national broadband plan. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com, One Web Day, and the Quest for Broadband Transparency

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2009 – One year ago, BroadbandCensus.com joined in support of One Web Day. Both for BroadbandCensus.com and for broadband policy and internet technology, a lot has changed in the past year. We launched BroadbandCensus.com in January 2008 with the simple and straightforward goal of making basic broadband information - information about Broadband Speeds, Prices, Availability, Reliability and Competition - public and freely available to users of broadband services. Many wondered why this was necessary. In the lead-up to our "Broadband Census for America Conference," in September 2008, we were still highlighting the importance of broadband and of solid broadband data in the economy and in society. Keep Reading

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