FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, in Press Call with Sen. Markey, Proposes $1.5 Billion Increase in E-Rate
FCC, Universal Service
November 17th, 2014
WASHINGTON, November 17, 2014 – Federal Communications Committee Chairman Tom Wheeler and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., on Monday proposed increasing the $1.5 billion cap to the E-rate portion of the Universal Service Fund. Schools and libraries, who would benefit from such an increase, have been calling for it for years now. Despite requests for E-rate […]
Nipping at Heels of FCC’s Net Neutrality Proceeding, Legislators Introduce Bill Barring ‘Paid Prioritization’
FCC, Net Neutrality
June 17th, 2014
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 – Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., on Tuesday introduced a bill, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, that would grant the Federal Communications Commission the authority to bar so-called “paid prioritization” agreements between internet service providers and content providers over the last-mile of a broadband connection. […]
FCC’s Wheeler Testifies Before House Subcommittee, Defends Record on Net Neutrality
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
May 20th, 2014
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler came under heavy criticism during a Tuesday hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, with many members expressing disapproval of the agency’s recent performance, particularly over the issue of network neutrality. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., criticized the agency’s “selective […]
Energy and Commerce Democrats Counter Republican Charges Over Spectrum-Bidding Measures
FCC, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless
May 16th, 2013
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013 – On Thursday, Democratic Representatives Henry Waxman, Anna Eshoo, and Doris Matsui of California, plus Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Diana DeGette of Colorado, and Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania issued a letter to outgoing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, responding to Republican members of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Republicans on […]
House Energy and Commerce Commission Ranking Member Waxman on Julius Genachowski’s Departure
March 22nd, 2013
Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski’s announcement that he will be leaving the Commission: Chairman Genachowski has been a brilliant chair of the Federal Communications Commission. He has transformed and energized the agency. Under his leadership, the FCC protected consumer access […]
Support Dims for FCC Chairman’s Open Internet Proposal
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Mobile Broadband, Net Neutrality
December 21st, 2010
WASHINGTON, December 21, 2010 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Dec. 1 announced that there would be a set of open internet rules that his agency would vote on during its open meeting on Dec. 21. While many stakeholders in the debate initially were happy to learn that the chairman would finally bring the issue to a vote, support dimmed after learning what he planned to include in the rules.
A History of Network Neutrality
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality
October 11th, 2010
WASHINGTON, October 11, 2010 – The issue of network neutrality is one that has become an increasing problem around the globe. In the United States, the problem became more of an issue with the rise of cable and DSL service.
Near-Universal Chorus of Agreement Greets National Broadband Plan; Parties Seek Their Good in Blueprint
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless
March 15th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 15, 2010 – An executive summary of the Federal Communications Commission’s forthcoming National Broadband Plan drew near-unanimous praise from stakeholders on the eve of the full plan’s release, with industry groups, public interest advocates and lawmakers all weighing in positively as they became aware of the agency’s intentions.
Lawmaker Weighs Government Intervention In The Media
December 2nd, 2009
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.
Universal Service Fund Needs Overhaul, and Most Want Broadband Included
National Broadband Plan, Universal Service
November 18th, 2009
WASHINGTON, November 18, 2009 – The Universal Service Fund is in need of an overhaul to equalize costs among stakeholders and modernize programs to include broadband services, a group of industry representatives and regulators told the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet during a Tuesday hearing.
The hearing examined a discussion draft of the Universal Service Reform Act of 2009, authored by subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., and Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.
The Universal Service program, which existed for decades before being codified in the 1996 Telecommunications Act, is under “tremendous pressure” and requires a comprehensive effort to reform its operations, Boucher said during opening remarks.