An Active Debate Over Whether Wireless Broadband Must Also Play Under Net Neutrality Rules
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality, Wireless
September 29th, 2014
WASHINGTON, September 29, 2014 – Whether or not mobile Internet providers will be subject to the same net neutrality rules as wired broadband providers has become an increasingly prominent factor in the current debate over net neutrality rules. The proposal laid out by the Federal Communications Commission in May would only be applicable to wired […]
Genachowski Announces Creation of Spectrum Data Inventory
FCC, Spectrum, Wireless
July 16th, 2010
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010 -The Federal Communications Commission will increase its transparency by overseeing the creation of a spectrum inventory that includes users and license holders, agency Chairman Julius Genachowski told senators in a Thursday letter.
Last May, Senators John D. Rockefeller and John Kerry asked Genachowski and the FCC to create a comprehensive database of spectrum users and licensees. Genachowski’s Thursday reply said that the FCC is now taking an inventory of all spectrum users and licensees.
FCC Issues Notice of Inquiry Regarding Broadband Regulation and Industry Offers a Mixed Response
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality
June 18th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 18, 2010 –Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission met to consider putting out a Notice of Inquiry on how they should regulate broadband. After the recent Comcast decision the FCC’s ability to regulate broadband was put into question. After looking at the various issues FCC’s counsel came to the conclusion that there were 2 possible methods of regulating either as an information service under Title I or as a Telecommunications service under Title II. The chairmen however did not feel that Title I gave the commission enough authority; while Title II put too much regulation on ISPs; to solve this he created his Third Way proposal.
Baker Highlights the Use of White Space in Innovation
June 16th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2010 – With Spectrum playing a large role in the National Broadband Plan one of the biggest sources for open spectrum is the White space which was created by the recent DTV transition. Yesterday FCC Commissioner Baker addressed the TV White Spaces Summit.
FCC Commissioner Baker Criticizes Chairman’s Plan
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Mobile Broadband, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality, Wireless
June 10th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2010 – Federal Communications Commission member Meredith Baker criticized a regulatory recommendation offered by her agency’s chairman, saying it’s draining resources from dealing with the National Broadband Plan and that it’s not a bipartisan effort.
Verizon to Seek Rural Partners as It Rolls Out More Robust Network
FCC, Mobile Broadband, National Broadband Plan, Wireless
June 4th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 – Verizon plans to blanket the nation with a faster communications network and is looking for help in rural areas. In addition to seeking partners, the firm has reportedly been in talks to share its spectrum.
Former FCC Commissioner Says Leave Broadband to Business, Not Government
Broadband Plan Commentary, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, States, Transparency
March 30th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010 – Deborah Taylor Tate, a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, lauds some of the agency’s National Broadband Plan, but cautions that government should stay focused on “light touch” policies that spur innovation.
Housing Secretary Donovan Compares National Broadband Plan to Interstate Highway System
FCC, National Broadband Plan
March 10th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 10, 2010 – Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan on Tuesday compared broadband expansion in the United States to the development of the interstate highway system under President Eisenhower, speaking at the Knight Center for Digital Inclusion.
Also speaking at the event was Federal Communications Commissioner Chairman Julius Genachowski, who addressed the various impacts of broadband on the wider economy and the need for expansion in order to spur innovation. Genachowski also commented on the fact that the United States has fallen behind on key metrics; once number two globally, the United States has fallen to a distant 15 in connectivity.
FCC Net Neutrality Workshop Examines Importance of Transparency
Broadband Data, FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality, Transparency, Wireless
January 21st, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 21, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission in a Tuesday workshop explored consumer choice, user control of their online experience and the importance of transparency.
The agency’s fourth Open Internet Workshop on Consumers, Transparency and the Open Internet focused on the sixth principle of network neutrality – transparency.
FCC’s Open Internet Workshop at MIT Brought Robust Exchange Among Academics
FCC, Net Neutrality, Premium Content
January 15th, 2010
BOSTON, Mass., January 15, 2010 – Academics, economics, technology specialists, application creators, internet service operators and investors descended on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday to discuss the possible effects of the proposed net neutrality rules on innovation, investment and internet users.
Sharon Gillette, chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission and Paul de Sa, chief of the FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, moderated the late afternoon and evening workshop. This article summarizes the entire comments made at the substantive MIT workshop.