Broadband Roundup: Incumbents Defend Data Caps, Comcast Cites Competition for Merger, and Wheeler Seeks Diversity of Media Ownership
FCC, Media ownership, Net Neutrality
September 24th, 2014
WASHINGTON, September 24, 2014 –Verizon Communications and AT&T are urging the Federal Communications Commission to include the use of data caps in the agency’s definition of broadband. Including usage-based pricing in its definition is important because companies that use universal service funds to build networks in rural areas must accept the standards laid out in […]
GAO Study Finds that Broadband Data Caps are Causing Customer Confusion and Less Internet Use
July 30th, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 – Internet service providers are adopting more usage-based pricing models and consumers may be using the internet less as a result, according to preliminary results from a Government Accountability Office study. Consumers may also be neglecting benefits of lower-cost models due to confusion over data caps, the report found. “In the […]
GAO Report Sees Tough Implementation of National Broadband Plan
Broadband's Impact, FCC, International, National Broadband Plan
October 13th, 2010
WASHINGTON, October 13, 2010 – The United States plans to take actions to promote broadband similar to other nations, but achieving the goals will be challenging, says a new government report.
GAO Report Addresses Benefits, Concerns of Wireless Industry Consolidation
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Wireless
August 26th, 2010
WASHINGTON, August 26, 2010 – A new government report released publicly on Thursday reviews changes in the wireless industry since 2000 and addresses its effects, including carrier consolidation and competitiveness.
House Passes Telework Bill
July 14th, 2010
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2010- With a vote of 290-131 the House of Representatives has passed the Telework Improvements Act of 2010 which expands telework options for federal employees. During the snow storms which occurred this past winter the federal government lost $71 million in productivity for each day of the four days it was closed. Originally the cost was estimated at $100 million but it was decreased after the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) determined that 30 percent of federal employees teleworked during the storm.
At Kickoff of FCC Workshops, Genachowski Calls Broadband ‘Infrastructure Challenge of the Generation’
FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan, Transparency
January 5th, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 5, 2010 – BroadbandBreakfast.com has been actively covering the workshops of the Federal Communications Commission as the agency prepares its national broadband plan. We have covered all of the workshops since late August. In preparation for assembling the complete collection of articles, BroadbandBreakfast.com reporters are returning to the beginning of the workshops, on August 6, 2009. To see the complete collection of articles, click on http://broadbandbreakfast.com/category/fcc-workshops.
Minority Groups Want Special Rules For Tribal Areas
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA Comments
December 16th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 16, 2009 – A number of groups representing minority interests are advocating that special rules be created by the government for Native Americans applying for broadband stimulus grants.
The awards are being decided by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities, which were charged by Congress in January to distribute $7.2 billion of federal funding to expand broadband penetration across the country.
GAO: Wireless Customers Not Aware Of FCC Complaint Process
December 10th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 10, 2009 – The Federal Communications Commission should improve its outreach to consumers about its complaint process for poor wireless phone service, according to a report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.
Report Calls State Of Broadband Access For Native Americans ‘Deplorable’
Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact
November 19th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 – The Native American population is one of the most disconnected groups in the country, according to a study released Thursday on broadband penetration.
The Native Public Media and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative suggest that the Federal Communications Commission create a Tribal Broadband Plan within the national broadband plan that it is currently drafting.
GAO Says Lessons of Broadband Stimulus Won’t Be Learned Before Round 2
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus
November 19th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 19, 2009 – The Government Accountability Office on Monday released a report analyzing the possible challenges faced by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Rural Utility Service when they implement the broadband stimulus.
The largest problem that the GAO saw was that after 2010, both agencies will no longer have any funding to provide oversight to projects. Additionally, they currently lack enough staff to properly provide oversight. In the 2010 budget request to Congress, NTIA asked for an additional 40 full-time employees; RUS asked for 47