Human and Civil Rights Group Pushes FCC to Move Forward on Broadband Plan Proposals
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Education, FCC, Minority
September 2nd, 2010
WASHINGTON, September 2, 2010 – The Leadership Conference on Human and Civil Rights has offered its suggestions to the government on how to improve the access of low-income, minority and other underserved communities to important communications services like broadband.
Genachowski Calls for Removal of Barriers to Minority Business Owners
Broadband's Impact, Minority, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum
July 21st, 2010
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2010- Market barriers to minority and small business owners must be removed so that they can compete in the global marketplace says Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.
National Broadband Plan: A Look at Chapters 1 & 2
Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Smart Grid, Universal Service, Wireless
March 26th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2010 – The national broadband plan aims to present not just a roadmap of how to expand broadband but also to provide a long-term vision of innovation. While the first chapter of the plan explains its overarching goals and congressional mandate, the plan is really outlined in the second chapter. The plan has six goals that the Federal Communications Commission plans to achieve through four general recommendations.
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.
NCTA White Paper: Focus Broadband Stimulus Funds on Unserved and Adoption
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
March 18th, 2009
WASHINGTON, March 18, 2009 – A White Paper released Tuesday by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association recommends broadband stimulus grants prioritize built-out to remote, unserved areas. Remaining monies should be used to fund programs to promote and encourage use of broadband services.
Congress, Industry Execs Agree on Broadband in Revamped Universal Service Fund
March 12th, 2009
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2009 -The Obama administration’s priority in broadband deployment injected an undercurrent of excitement into a Thursday hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Technology, Communications, Technology and the Internet.
Universal Service Fund Expansion Pilot Approved by State Commissioners
February 19th, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 19, 2009 – State utility commissioners approved a resolution endorsing a Federal Communications Commission proposal to expand Lifeline and Link Up telephone subsidization programs to offer broadband service for low income consumers.
With Stimulus Fight Complete, Advocates Shift Focus to Universal Service
Broadband Stimulus, Universal Service
February 16th, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 16, 2009 – With $7.2 billion in fiscal stimulus grants and loans marked to expand broadband infrastructure, industry groups, consumer advocates and some state regulators are supporting a proposal to fund broadband for low income households by tapping into the Universal Service Fund.
Resolution on FCC Reform Divides NARUC Committee; Universal Service Fund Changes Less Controversial
February 15th, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 15, 2009 – State regulatory commissioners are split on how strongly to express longstanding grievances with Federal Communications Commission processes. A resolution on reform of FCC management and practices dominated the agenda as the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners continued its winter meeting Sunday.