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Senator Rockefeller Champions Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act

With the start of the 112th Congress, Senator John D. Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced the reintroduction of the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act. Read More »

Pres. Obama features high speed Internet in State of the Union

President Obama, in his State of the Union speech, addressed the topic of building out broadband connectivity. Read More »

MMTC Broadband and Social Justice Policy Summit Highlights Adoption and Universal Service Reform

The Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC) hosted a two-day policy summit in Washington, D.C. with a broad focus on broadband policy and how it intersects with social justice and civil rights issues. Speakers included all of the FCC's Commissioners, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Rep. Cliff Stearns - the Chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Rep. Bobby Rush - the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., and a mix of industry and policy leaders. Read More »

“Comcastrophe” Averted? The Washington Post Weighs In

The ramifications of the Comcast/NBCU merger will resonate across the media landscape for years to come. Yet, initial reaction to the merger of two of the largest content providers and content producers shows just how important online video is to the future. Read More »

40 Countries Call Broadband a Universal Service Obligation

Broadband is considered to be a universal service in more than 40 countries, according to an International Telecommunication Union report. The study also found that 82 nations have or plan to adopt a universal broadband strategy. Read More »

Verizon Challenges FCC Net Neutrality Regulation

The Federal Communication Commission's open Internet regulations, adopted last month, have been formally challenged in court by telecommunications giant Verizon. The legal challenge contends that the FCC overstepped its authority in drafting regulation that requires phone and cable companies to treat all Internet content and services equally. Read More »

Proliferation of Wireless Devices Requires Robust Broadband Connections

A new report by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that the "number of wireless devices are skyrocketing". Read More »

USDA Rural Utilities Service Promotes Last-Mile Rural Connectivity

The US Department of Agriculture's Recovery Act Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) awarded $3.5 billion to extend last-mile rural broadband infrastructure across the U.S. in an effort to extend high-speed Internet connections to homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, and public safety agencies. Read More »

BTOP is Working To Expand Broadband Adoption

While a lot of attention has been focused on the infrastructure grants awarded by The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), the biggest impact that BTOP grants could be in broadband adoption. There are a number of very exciting projects in this field, and several different models to increase digital literacy and interest in broadband. Read More »

Susan Crawford on the DOJ and the Comcast Deal

The DOJ’s work on the Comcast/NBCU merger is significant. The bottom line is that the US (represented by DOJ) and California, Missouri, Texas, Florida, and Washington states have filed and propose to settle a civil antitrust complaint against GE, Comcast, and NBC Universal. Read More »

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