California Emerging Technology Fund Helps Bridge the State’s Digital Divide
Broadband's Impact, Education, Minority, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service
November 19th, 2014
WASHINGTON, November 19, 2014 – Although some believe that the digital divide is not a problem, there are Americans who have not adopted broadband due to the cost or lack of access. Some states have played an active role in getting their citizens online, and one such organization is the California Emerging Technology Fund, which […]
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Promotes Google Fiber’s Impact on Competition and Gigabit Networks
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Net Neutrality
September 5th, 2014
WASHINGTON, September 5, 2014 – Google Fiber has been perhaps the primary driver of the current push toward high-speed internet in the United States, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech here yesterday on the future of broadband competition. In an otherwise general speech that failed to mention major communications companies like […]
Spectrum Bill and Broadband Breakfast Pre Holiday Wrap Up
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Congress, FCC, House of Representatives, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality, NTIA, Public Safety, States, Universal Service, Wireless
December 14th, 2011
WASHINGTON December 14, 2011 – The FCC, the Hill and the Telecom industry has been busy over the last couple of weeks. Here is a wrap-up of the most important events. House Passes Spectrum Auction Incentive Bill After a 234-193 vote, the House Payroll Tax Extension Bill incorporated the full version of the Republican Incentive […]
Cable Gains 2.3 Million New Subscribers
March 4th, 2011
WASHINGTON March 4, 2011 – Broadband continued to expand at a significant pace in 2010 despite a struggling economy, according to data released this week from the Leichtman Research Group. According to the data, cable companies added 2.3 million new subscribers while telephone companies added only 1.1 million. At the end of 2010, Leichtman calculated […]
Netflix and Akamai Reports Show Sustained Broadband Speeds Falter in U.S.
Broadband Mapping, International
February 7th, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 7, 2011 – Online content providers Netflix and Akamai released data recently indicating that U.S. internet service providers meet expectations for promised peak broadband speeds, but fall short when it comes to sustained speeds.
Las Vegas: Ground Zero For the Battle of 4G Wireless Technologies
Mobile Broadband, Wireless
January 10th, 2011
LAS VEGAS, January 10, 2011 – After last week’s slew of press conferences and unveilings, the latest new products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) left little doubt: 2011 will be “The Year of 4G.”
In fact, CES 2011 was as much about the networks as it was about the devices themselves. As the Tech Industry’s leaders rolled out a host of new offerings, nearly every big announcement boasted 4G-ready or 4G-upgradable devices.
USF Mobility Fund: Good Idea, Bad Choices
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Universal Service
November 8th, 2010
WASHINGTON, November 8, 2010 – A key policy goal of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s is the reform of the Universal Service Fund, which is a program designed to help bring communications service throughout nation. The recent National Broadband Plan proposed the creation of a mobile broadband fund to help achieve universal service by providing access to users in the most remote areas of the nation. In early October, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking which would launch this new fund.
Business Dispute Between N.Y. Cable Firm, Broadcaster Threatens To Cut Customers Off — Again
Intellectual Property, Media
October 15th, 2010
Cablevision customers may be cut off from watching baseball in upcoming days if a business dispute between the cable company and a local broadcaster isn’t resolved by midnight Friday.
Disney’s Economic Analysis of Cable Video Programming Costs Flawed, Argues Time Warner Cable
FCC, Intellectual Property
June 2nd, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, June 2, 2010 — An economic analysis of cable television prices and video programming costs filed with the Federal Communications Commission this April by the Walt Disney Company can’t be trusted because it considers the wrong factors in its analysis, according to a group of economic consultants with Charles River Associates.
NBC-Universal President Compares Copyright Filtering to Anti-Virus Protections
Copyright, National Broadband Plan
February 18th, 2010
WASHINGTON, February 18, 2010 – NBC-Universal Vice President Richard Cotton on Wednesday called upon internet service providers to be permitted to filter content over their pipes for copyright violations, and compared copyright filtering to filtering for computer viruses.
Cotton’s statement was part of a briefing outlining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s top 2010 intellectual property priorities.