Giants of Broadband: A Personal Remembrance of Scott DeGarmo
August 31st, 2015
Editor’s Note: The broadband world has lost three visionary giants over the past several months: Scott DeGarmo, Charles Benton and Don Samuelson. Each of these men had a significant impact on the world of advancing high-speed communications. Personally, each of them also had a significant impact on my professional career in broadband. I have had countless interactions with each of them over the course of many years.
SALT LAKE CITY, August 31, 2015 – I learned of the passing of Broadband Communities CEO Scott DeGarmo from pancreatic cancer two weeks ago this morning. One of my colleagues on the board of the non-profit Rural Telecommunications Congress had shared the news. His death came just one month prior to his company’s next conference, “Fiber for the New Economy” in Lexington, Kentucky.
I immediately sent off my condolences — now joined with dozens of others on the Broadband Communities web site — to those in his company whom I have known and with whom I have interacted on my levels.
Internet Innovation Association Announces Return of Founding Co-Chair Larry Irving
Broadband's Impact, FCC, IP Transition, NTIA
January 23rd, 2014
January 23, 2014 – This press release come over the wire from the Internet Innovation Alliance: Ten years after he founded the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) alongside still-Co-Chair Bruce Mehlman, Larry Irving this month returns to the coalition, the IIA today announced. In 2009, Irving stepped down from his role with IIA to join Hewlett […]
Expert Opinion: Why the FCC should deny the AT&T / T-Mobile Merger
Expert Opinion, Media ownership, Mobile Broadband, Wireless
June 9th, 2011
In order for the Federal Communications Commission to approve the mega-merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, AT&T has to make a showing that the merger is in the public interest. Despite AT&T’s declaration that this merger is the most pro-consumer, pro-innovation and pro-investment solution to America’s wireless problems, a mega-merger like this can only hurt the broadband market, both for innovators and consumers alike.
Baker to Leave FCC to Lobby for NBCUniversal
May 12th, 2011
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.
Obama Names Former Bush Official as White House Cybersecurity Czar
December 22nd, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 22, 2009 – President Obama finally announced Tuesday that Howard Schmidt will serve as White House cyber security coordinator.
White House: Missing Email Problem Resolved
December 14th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 14, 2009 – The White House said Monday that millions of emails from back-up tapes related to at least 33 different days during the Bush Administration have been restored.
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Talks Continue Amid Controversy Over Leaked Draft
November 4th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 4, 2009 – While representatives of countries were scheduled to begin meeting today in Seoul, South Korea, to negotiate a confidential international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, some public interest and consumer groups continue to press for more transparency of the negotiations. On November 3 a number of groups signed a letter addressed to President Obama and carbon copied to other key administration officials calling for greater transparency of the talks.
Candidate Meets Web: Internet Campaign Directors on What Worked and What Didn't in 2008
June 23rd, 2008
NEW YORK, June 23 – The final morning panel on the first day of the Personal Democracy Form here focused on worked and what didn’t in the 2008 campaign. To the question, “has the Internet finally arrived as a campaign tool?”, the answer is: yes.
Dan Rather Slams Press as 'Spineless' at Media Reform Conference
June 10th, 2008
Media consolidation has led the American media to become spineless and insipid because they no longer believe that the media are organs of the public trust, said former CBS News anchor Dan Rather.