Internet Innovation Association Announces Return of Founding Co-Chair Larry Irving
Broadband's Impact, FCC, IP Transition, NTIA
January 23rd, 2014
January 23, 2014 – This press release come over the wire from the Internet Innovation Alliance: Ten years after he founded the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) alongside still-Co-Chair Bruce Mehlman, Larry Irving this month returns to the coalition, the IIA today announced. In 2009, Irving stepped down from his role with IIA to join Hewlett […]
Expert Opinion: White House Hits the Gas on Broadband Deployment
Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, FCC, NTIA
September 18th, 2013
WASHINGTON, September 18, 2013 – There are 3.79 million square miles in the United States, and the federal government controls 30 percent of that land. This vast swathe of federally controlled land is roughly equivalent to the combined size of Alaska, California, Texas and Montana. So when a White House task force unveils a guide that lays out the […]
Internet Innovation Alliance Statement on Julius Genachowski’s and Rob McDowell’s Departures
March 22nd, 2013
IIA Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher and Founding Co-Chair Bruce Mehlman On Julius Genachowski’s departure as Chairman of the FCC, from IIA Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher: Chairman Genachowski has provided a valuable service as FCC chairman. He oversaw the adoption of a comprehensive reform of the federal universal service fund. He has set the stage for […]
Broadband Breakfast Serves a Thanksgiving Leftover Wrap-Up
Broadband Stimulus, Congress, FCC, Fiber, Mobile Broadband, Net Neutrality, NTIA, Smart Grid, Spectrum, States, Universal Service, Wireless
November 25th, 2011
WASHINGTON, November 25 2011 – As we all sit and digest post Thanksgiving, Broadband Breakfast can finally wrap up some stories that we have been interested in over the past couple of weeks but have not had time to get around to. We wanted to draw attention to a couple of the stories below and […]
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.
Eshoo Named Ranking Member of Communications, Tech and Internet Subcommittee
January 20th, 2011
WASHINGTON, January 20, 2011 – The House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats released subcommittee assignments this evening, naming Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-14) as ranking member of the Communications, Technology and Internet subcommittee for the 112th Congress. The subcommittee holds legislative jurisdiction over all matters involving telecommunications, including oversight of the FCC, cable, broadcast, voice telephony and the Internet.
Wireless Industry, Broadcasters Clash over Incentive Auctions at CES
Mobile Broadband, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum, Wireless
January 10th, 2011
LAS VEGAS, January 10, 2011 – Industry and government representatives debated the future of spectrum policy during a panel discussion at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Friday and highlighted the controversy over the FCC’s proposed incentive auctions.
Rick Boucher introduced the discussion with a prepared statement explaining the need to free up more spectrum for mobile broadband use and promoting both voluntary incentive auctions as well as the re-auction of the D-block, a controversial segment of spectrum. Boucher served as the Chair of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet during the 111th Congress.
Rep. Boucher Introduces ‘Voluntary Incentives Auction’ Act
July 30th, 2010
WASHINGTON July 30, 2010 –Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., in coordination with ranking member Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., unveiled a new bill aimed at addressing America’s scarce supply of spectrum. The legislation, titled the “Voluntary Incentive Auctions Act,” would permit the FCC to conduct incentive-based spectrum auctions.
Citizens Against Public Waste Call Broadband a Luxury Not a Necessity
July 29th, 2010
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2010 – Speaking in a webcast by the Broadband Policy Series this afternoon, David Williams of Citizens Against Public Waste said that there “wouldn’t be any circumstances in which government should step in” where community broadband is concerned. According to Williams, even when local governments step in, there tends to be a centralizing process by which one locality wants the same services as another locality, thus evolving the process to a Federal level.
Boucher and Terry Declare USF Broken
Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service
July 22nd, 2010
WASHINGTON July 22, 2010- Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA) Chairmen of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Lee Terry (R-NE) introduced a new bill to update the Universal Service Fund. This update will include broadband as a mandatory serve, modify the contribution requirements and add new accountability measures.