Broadband Prioritization Not Such A Terrible Idea, Georgetown University Panelists Say
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan
June 17th, 2014
WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 – Paid prioritization may not be such a bad idea – in fact, the notion that the entire internet needs to be treated equally is misleading, said panelists at a June 10 symposium on internet regulation. Internet users might have greater interest in seeing phone packets go through first than someone […]
Measuring Broadband Use and Adoption is the Next Frontier in Internet Data Collection
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, Expert Opinion, National Broadband Plan
August 9th, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, August 9, 2011 – It’s very easy to take broadband for granted. People want to go online to look up answers on Wikipedia, to watch movies on Netflix, to hang out on Facebook, or to Skype cousins across the globe — or across town.
None of this can be done without broadband. Higher and higher speeds of internet connectivity are necessary to satisfy everyone’s demand to do all of these things at once.
That’s where the Partnership for a Connected Illinois comes into play.
Expert Opinion: Why the FCC should deny the AT&T / T-Mobile Merger
Expert Opinion, Media ownership, Mobile Broadband, Wireless
June 9th, 2011
In order for the Federal Communications Commission to approve the mega-merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, AT&T has to make a showing that the merger is in the public interest. Despite AT&T’s declaration that this merger is the most pro-consumer, pro-innovation and pro-investment solution to America’s wireless problems, a mega-merger like this can only hurt the broadband market, both for innovators and consumers alike.
Free Press Panel Blasts ‘Broken’ FCC
FCC, Media ownership, Net Neutrality, Wireless
April 13th, 2011
BOSTON, April 13, 2011 – Panelists at the Free Press National Conference for Media Reform railed on the Federal Communications Commission over the weekend, debating to what extent the Commission has been “captured” by industry and how to fix it.
Joel Kelsey, Political Advisor at Free Press, moderated the panel, entitled “How to Fix the Broken FCC.” The event included participants from the public interest, industry and government sectors.
Analysis: CNBCU Conditions Will Stimulate Growth, Not Restrict It
FCC, Media, Media ownership, Net Neutrality
February 2nd, 2011
The Federal Communications Commission’s recent approval of Comcast’s purchase of NBCU has come with some major conditions that will limit any potential discriminatory policies the new firm might have engaged in.
The new entity, CNBCU, will become one of the nation’s largest content creation and distribution companies. CNBCU will be in a unique position in that they will not only control the creation of content but also the method in which it is distributed. Unchecked, this vertical integration could lead to monopolistic actions.
Support Dims for FCC Chairman’s Open Internet Proposal
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Mobile Broadband, Net Neutrality
December 21st, 2010
WASHINGTON, December 21, 2010 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Dec. 1 announced that there would be a set of open internet rules that his agency would vote on during its open meeting on Dec. 21. While many stakeholders in the debate initially were happy to learn that the chairman would finally bring the issue to a vote, support dimmed after learning what he planned to include in the rules.
Fixed Mobile Convergence Expected to be Completed by 2015
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, Wireless
October 19th, 2010
LONDON, October 18, 2010 – Convergence between fixed and mobile broadband services will be virtually complete by 2015, unified by standards originally developed for multi-room television in the home, according to analyst group IMS Research in its report :Convergence in the World Home Entertainment Market.” The researchers predict that mobile soon will overtake fixed broadband connectivity, with over 3 billion wireless connected devices in the world by 2015.
India Wants Access to Communications Networks
Broadband's Impact, Cybersecurity, International, Mobile Broadband, Wireless
September 3rd, 2010
WASHINGTON, September 3, 2010 – The Indian government has announced that it will give notice to all communications services that it would like access to their networks. In the aftermath of last year’s Mumbai terror attacks, the government wants to be able to access communications networks to monitor for terrorist activities.
Net Neutrality Independent Stakeholder Meetings Gain Momentum
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality
September 2nd, 2010
WASHINGTON, September 2, 2010 – While the Federal Communications Commission stopped holding talks on the issue of network neutrality in the aftermath of the Google- Verizon policy pact, a number of stakeholders have gotten together at the Information Technology Industry Council to hold new talks.
FCC Chief of Staff Defends Closed Door Meeting with Telecom Lobbyists
FCC, Net Neutrality
June 22nd, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2010 –In response to the outcry by the press and consumer protection groups Federal Communications Chief of Staff Edward Lazarus has posted a comment about the closed door meeting held by the FCC with major telecom firms.