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BroadbandCensus.com Premium Content | Week of October 12, 2009

WASHINGTON, October 14, 2009 - States are beginning to offer up their selections for the broadband stimulus grant programs of NTIA and RUS. Meanwhile, the FCC preserves some degree of confidentiality in broaband data as it prepares its National Broadband Plan, and Connected Nation was denied a spot on the list of initial broadband mapping grants. Keep Reading

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BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report September 21st and 29th 2009

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2009 - An outpouring of news: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced network neutrality rules, President Obama touted an innovation agenda, FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Copps addressed universal broadband, the U.S. Broadband Coalition unveiled its final report, and the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference hosted seven top administration officials and more. Keep Reading

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BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report September 14th 2009

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2009 - Observers and commentators dug through an online database of 2,200 applications for broadband stimulus grants. Also, BroadbandCensus.com re-launches the Broadband Breakfast Club on Tuesday at 8 a.m., and hosts a FREE press conference to discuss its public and transparent broadband map, the same day, at 2 p.m. ET. Keep Reading

FCC Tweets, Free Press Class Big Firms Twits

WASHINGTON, August 31, 2009 – The Federal Communica¬tions Commission is making good on its efforts to be transparent and timely – this time in 140 characters or less. The agency has joined the thousands of Twitterers by launching its tweets at http://www.twitter.com/fccdotgov. The FCC’s tweets include news about the agency and progress reports on the national broadband plan. Keep Reading

NTIA Sends Second BTOP Report to Congress

WASHINGTON, August 31, 2009 – The National Telecommunications Information Administration gives a look back and a look ahead with a new report to Congress it released the week before last. The unit of the Commerce Department submitted its second annual report on its $4.7 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. Keep Reading

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BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report August 17th 2009

WASHINGTON, August 17, 2009 - What’s that big sound? The applause from applicants eyeing the billions in broadband money in response to the multi-day deadline extension. Meanwhile, public interest groups rallied their troops to ask the FCC for better mapping data practices and to urge the agency for broader representation at their workshops. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report July 27th 2009

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2009 - Crunch time has begun for broadband stimulus applications. NTIA and RUS concluded their workshops, including a Friday afternoon webinar on broadband data and mapping, and now must post frequently-asked questions on their broadbandusa.gov portal. The FCC’s national broadband plan is also coming into sharper focus. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Transcript of NTIA Mapping Workshop

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2009 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration held a workshop, via webinar, on Friday, July 24, from 1 p.m. ET to 2:45 p.m. The two NTIA officials on the call, Edward "Smitty" Smith, Program Director, State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, and Anne Neville, focused on the nuts and bolts of the $240 available for broadband data and mapping. And they answered dozens of questions about the program. Keep Reading

Q&A with Anthony Wilhelm of NTIA and Ken Kuchno of RUS

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2009 – Broadband experts all across the county have been dissecting the Notice of Funds Availability released earlier this month by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. As a special benefit to paid subscribers of its Weekly Report, BroadbandCensus.com here publishes an edited transcript of questions posed and answers given at the Broadband Stimulus Town Hall Webcast co-produced by TV Worldwide and BroadbandCensus.com, and which took place on July 9, 2009. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report July 20th 2009

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2009 - Officials at the federal agencies focusing on broadband have begun to address layered and complicated questions pertaining to the $7.2 billion in funds for high-speed internet. Critics are also raising their voices. This week, NTIA and RUS explain themselves at three more workshops, and at NARUC in Seattle. Keep Reading

Week's Links: Julius Genachowski Takes Reins at FCC

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2009 – In a speech on Tuesday to staff at the Federal Communications Commission, new Chairman Julius Genachowski said that “if we…harness the power of communications to confront…challenges” such as the economy, education, health care, and energy, “we will…make a real positive difference in the lives of our children and future generations.” Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report July 6th 2009

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2009 - Vice President Joe Biden showcased the importance of broadband in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday as the Commerce Department, Agriculture Department and the FCC officially unveiled the eagerly-awaited broadband stimulus regulations. The rules, in two “Notices of Funds Availability,” prescribe the procedures for more than $7.2 billion. Keep Reading

All in the Family

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 - States and cities are continuing their extensive engagement in the question of broadband data and mapping. In fact, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute announced on Friday afternoon that it would issue its request for proposals on broadband developments on Monday – positioning their state to beat the federal government to punch. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report June 29nd 2009

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 - This is the week many following broadband stimulus activities have been waiting for: rules from the NTIA are expected on Tuesday, plus Vice President Biden is set to tout broadband in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. At the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski presides over his first meeting on Thursday. Keep Reading

Broadband Growth Not So Bad

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2009 – Last week the Pew Internet & American Life Project released its eagerly-awaited report about broadband penetration. To nearly everyone’s surprise, in light of the current recession, the percentage of homes with access to high-speed internet access continued to rise. Keep Reading

The Quiet of Summer

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2009 – As the promised June 30 deadline for the federal government’s broadband stimulus rules approaches, the three agencies responsible for aspects of broadband stimulus are directly engaged in detailed questions about how high-speed internet service is being defined. Keep Reading

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