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Do Consumers Really Care About the Smart Grid? Some Think Not, at Broadband Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2010 - The "smart grid," or the way that the electric infrastructure can be enhanced with interactive, telecommunications- and broadband-related capabilities, may not be that important for consumers, said panelists at Tuesday's Broadband Breakfast Club. At the same time, the Federal Communications Commission Energy and Environment Director Nick Sinai, in a keynote speech at the Broadband Breakfast Club, said that intelligent electric infrastructure -- including consumer data about energy use -- could enhance competition in electricity and in broadband. The event is available on BroadbandBreakfast.com at the following link. 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

A Cast of Data Experts to Speak at February 9 Broadband Breakfast Club

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2010 - A cast of key experts on the issue of collecting and using broadband data -including two key officials at the Federal Communications Commission, plus a former agency chief economist - have confirmed their participation in the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event is titled "Setting the Table for the National Broadband Plan: Collecting and Using Broadband Data," and will be keynoted by Paul de Sa, Chief of Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis at the FCC. The division is widely regarded as the agency's internal "think tank" on dealing with forward-looking issues, particularly broadband. Keep Reading

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