In Partisan Vote, FCC Passes a Modified E-Rate Proposal for Spending Funds on Wi-Fi Connectivity
FCC, Universal Service
July 15th, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 – The Federal Communications Commission on Friday voted to modernize of its E-Rate program Friday, reallocating funds from technologies considered obsolete to Wi-Fi based connectivity in schools and libraries. However, owing to strong skepticism from opponents over funding, the proposal was scaled back to $2 billion, down from its original $5 […]
Thought of the Day: Saving Net Neutrality Through an Anti-Competition-Based Approach
November 14th, 2013
With growing concern by some advocates of network neutrality that the D.C. Circuit is about to side with Verizon Communications, and against the Federal Communications Commission, on the agency’s open internet rules, the search is on to find another way to legislatively mandate openness. Over at GigaOm, Paul Sweating is touting the new measure by […]
Congressional Panel at The Cable Show Highlights Spectrum, Net Neutrality, and Universal Service Issues
Congress, FCC, Net Neutrality, Rural Utilities Service, Universal Service
June 11th, 2013
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2013 – Spectrum policy, net neutrality, and Universal Service Fund reforms were among the topics discussed by congressional staffers at The Cable Show panel entitled “Capitol Perspectives: Commerce Committee Staffers on Communications Policy.” The panel, held at the annual convention of the National Cable and Telecommunications Associations on Monday, consisted of eight […]
Profiles of Prospective Candidates to be FCC Chairman: Larry Strickling and Jessica Rosenworcel
Broadband's Impact, Congress, FCC, People, Wireless
April 4th, 2013
WASHINGTON, April 4, 2013 - This week BroadbandBreakfast.com continues its series of profiles of many of the top prospective candidates that might be selected to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Julius Genachowski, the 29th chairman, on Friday announced on March 22, that he would step down within a few weeks. Larry Strickling, currently […]
eRate Reform, National Public Safety Network FirstNet, Focus of Senate-FCC Oversight Hearing
Education, FCC, Public Safety, Universal Service
March 13th, 2013
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2013 – At Tuesday’s oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., on Tuesday put the focus on the portion of the Universal Service Fund designed to provide connectivity to schools and libraries, as well as on the public safety network described as FirstNet. The Senate and the agency, […]
Genachowski and Leibowitz Testify Before Senate on Privacy Issues
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Privacy
July 28th, 2010
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2010 – The Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission have formed a task force to deal with online privacy concerns facing American consumers.
Trade Groups Urge Senate to Fully Fund Broadband
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service, States
July 15th, 2010
WASHINGTON July 15, 2010- The National Association of Telecommunications and Advisors (NATOA) and the National Association of Counties have sent a letter to Senators Reid, Durbin, Inouye, Rockefeller and Kerry urging them to prevent the House from rescinding broadband funding.
Zucker, Roberts to Testify Before Senate Antitrust Panel on Comcast-NBC Deal
Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality
January 20th, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 20, 2010 – The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will convene a hearing on February 4 to examine the proposed merger of Comcast with NBC Universal and its potential for negative consequences for consumers and competition, Chairman Herb Kohl, D-Wis. said on Wednesday.
FCC Releases First Draft of National Broadband Plan After Weighing Record
National Broadband Plan, Premium Content, Universal Service, Wireless
December 17th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 17, 2009 – The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday laid out a rough draft of its national broadband plan after weighing through 66,000 pages of written comments, 27 public notices, 100 items posted on its “blogband” web site, and 700 blog comment posted to the record.
But the agency says it is still difficult to answer key questions that must be addressed within two months time, or by February 17, 2010.
Rockefeller, Hutchison Would Expand Lifeline Program to Broadband
Broadband's Impact, Universal Service
December 11th, 2009
WASHINGTON, December 11, 2009 – The Broadband Opportunity and Affordability Act, which would direct the FCC to expand the Universal Service Fund’s Life Line program to support broadband service, as well as explore programs to subsidize computer ownership for low-income Americans, was introduced in the Senate late Friday with bipartisan support from members of the Senate Commerce Committee.