On Broadband: At the Beginning of a Cycle, a Low-Controversy Federal Communications Commission
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, IP Transition, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum
December 16th, 2013
WASHINGTON, December 16, 2013 – Last Thursday’s testimony, by the full group of Federal Communications Commissioners at the House Energy and Commerce Committee, restores the pulse of the nation’s technology and communications policy issues to a “low-tension” state. We’ve seen this perennial cycle before: first, an issue stirs immense conflict among the agency’s five members. […]
A New Era for Broadband Use and Adoption? Collaborative Efforts Between Providers and Internet Educators Lead the Way
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service
July 23rd, 2012
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 – The existence of the Federal Communications Commissions Broadband Lifeline Pilot, and the emergence of national public-private organizations focused on computer training could herald the beginning of a new age of broadband adoption and use, said panelists at the Broadband Breakfast Club last week. BroadbandBreakfast.com released the video of the event, […]
Broadband Lifeline and Connect2Compete Mark A New ‘Broadband Moment’ Around Adoption and Usage
Broadband and Democratization, Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan, Rural Utilities Service, States
July 12th, 2012
July 12, 2012 – If 2008 marked the dawn of our national “broadband moment,” this summer and fall may well be the beginning of a new era of broadband adoption and usage.
A major national initiative, dubbed “Connect2Compete,” is just beginning to find its footing. In a webinar two weeks ago, this collaboration of corporate, philanthropic and community leaders delineated their mission, goals and timetables. It is to use the “power of the internet to improve the lives of low income Americans and their ability to thrive in the global economy.”
Additional, the Federal Communications Commission is in the midst of launching an exciting Broadband Lifeline pilot program. This $25 million pilot program could help pave the way for a Universal Broadband Fund. Such a fund could do for internet connectivity what the Universal Service Fund, in an earlier era, did for making the telephone an anchor of American life. [...]
Obama’s Third Generation of Broadband Policy and the Universal Broadband Imperative
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service, Universal Service
August 22nd, 2011
WASHINGTON, August 22, 2011 – The beauty of the internet has always been the disconnection of content and infrastructure.
Landline phone service was a one-to-one medium. It required the phone company’s infrastructure of wires and switches and telephones. Broadcast television was one-to-many. It relied upon the towers and transmitters of the broadcasters, plus a standard-issue television.
Let alone the fact that today we largely watch televisions connected to wires, and largely talk into mobile phones untethered to Ma Bell’s cords. There is the wealth of many-to-many communication through the multiplicity of applications that make the internet what it is today.
None of this, of course, is new – until one considers Washington’s subsidization schemes.
Mignon Clyburn Expects FCC Universal Service Fund Proposals by Year-End
Broadband Data, FCC, Universal Service, Wireless
October 2nd, 2010
ARLINGTON, Va., October 2, 2010 – Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn emphasized the need for quality research in policy making, particularly with regard to reforming the universal service fund for telephone and internet connectivity.
Speaking at the Friday evening dinner session at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, a top telecom research conference here, Clyburn also said that she expected the FCC to propose changes to the USF system, and to propose funding for universal broadband, by the end of 2010.