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.
Comcast Announces Retirement of Joe Waz
March 24th, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2011 – Comcast announced the retirement Wednesday of its long-time senior vice president of external affairs and public policy counsel, Joe Waz.
Former FCC Chairman Powell Named as Cable Association Chief
March 16th, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2011 – The National Cable and Telecommunications Association named former Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Michael Powell, as its new president and CEO Tuesday.
FCC Paves Way For Comprehensive USF Reform At Open Meeting
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service
February 9th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 9, 2011 – The FCC adopted a measure during Tuesday’s open meeting that lays the groundwork for revisions to the nation’s telephone subsidy systems in the near-term and an eventual overhaul to transition those systems into building and supporting broadband infrastructure.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which was adopted unanimously by the Commission, draws a roadmap to reforming the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the closely related intercarrier compensation (ICC) system.
FCC Issues Open Internet Rules
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality
December 22nd, 2010
WASHINGTON, December 22, 2010 – In an uncommon split vote on Tuesday, the FCC handed down an order requiring network providers to abide by certain rules intended to maintain network neutrality.
NCTA President McSlarrow to Step Down Early Next Year
Broadband Updates, People
November 22nd, 2010
WASHINGTON, November 22, 2010 – Kyle McSlarrow, president & CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, has announced he plans to leave his position in the spring. He has been at the helm of the group since March 1, 2005.
After 14 years, FCC Tries Again To Bring Competition to Cable Access
FCC, Intellectual Property, Media
October 15th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2010 — As expected, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday ordered cable companies to make their programming more accessible to device manufacturers so that consumers have more reasons to buy innovative gadgets that can more seamlessly access cable television programming and content on the web.
Telecom Industry Players Pleased with D.C. Circuit Court Ruling for Comcast
FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
April 12th, 2010
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2010 – Players in the telecommunications industry were elated last Tuesday as the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to regulate broadband service under the principles promulgated in the Commission’s Internet Policy Statement.
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.
NCTA’s McSlarrow Speech: Mirrors Self-Serving Control of Pipelines
Expert Opinion, Net Neutrality
December 13th, 2009
Kyle McSlarrow’s recent speech to The Media Institute mirrors a self-serving approach to control the pipelines, guised as a First Amendment right for ISP’s. The point Mr. McSlarrow is trying to make shakes the Freedom of Speech right for every citizen to the core. How can such rhetoric hide behind this basic citizen [...]