National Broadband plan

In spectrum battles, Mom & Pop TV loses

The FCC wants to reallocate some of the TV spectrum to auction it off, and Congress is working on bills to facilitate that process. Local, low-power TV stations believe that they could be the casualty of the process, affecting cord cutters and ethnic minorities alike.

Livestream: Debating the National Broadband Plan

GigaOM and the New America Foundation are sponsoring a debate between Craig Settles, an author and broadband consultant, and Blair Levin, the author of the National Broadband Plan, on how America can meet the broadband needs of its citizens. Click through to watch.

With New Report FCC Makes a Bid for Universal Broadband

In response to a Congressional question on whether broadband is being deployed in a reasonable and timely fashion to all Americans, the FCC today released its 706 report, saying that 14 – 25 million Americans have no access to broadband, now defined as four Mbps down.

FCC Chief Tries to Sell Cable Industry on Broadband Regulation

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski today defended to cable industry executives the agency’s plan’s to reclassify broadband, pitching the commission’s “Third Way” for regulation and attempting to assure the audience that the agency would continue to operate in good faith.

FCC Plows Ahead With Broadband Plan Despite Comcast Ruling

The FCC today began the long process of building a regulatory regime for the broadband communication network during an open meeting in which it sought comments on several sweeping policy changes, including reforming the subsidy for providing rural telephone access, but questions over its authority linger.

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What Comcast’s Win Against FCC Means for Broadband

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia issued a ruling challenging the FCC’s decision to slap Comcast on the wrist in 2008 for the cable giant’s throttling of P2P traffic traveling over its pipes. The ruling decreed that the FCC has overstepped its authority in censuring Comcast and puts into jeopardy — or at least delays — the agency’s efforts to regulate network neutrality. The ruling may also be the final push that forces Congress to take up comprehensive reform of how broadband networks are regulated in the U.S.

The Digital Divide Will Ensure a Broadband Ghetto

Solving the lack of broadband competition isn’t just an intellectual exercise, it’s an issue that has to be solved. Otherwise some people will be living in the 21st century while great chunks of the country will be subsisting on the 2010 version of dial-up.

FCC's Broadband Plan: The Role Of Competition

The executive summary of the National Broadband Plan is out today, and we finally know how the FCC plans to treat the issue most responsible for the current state of broadband in the U.S. — the lack of competition. Read on for the details.

Surprise! Cost, Digital Literacy at Heart of Broadband Gap

An FCC survey released this morning indicates that cost concerns and a lack of digital literacy are the primary reasons one-third of Americans don’t have high-speed broadband at home. The FCC is addressing cost concerns, but it can’t drum up demand for broadband on its own.

Canada Needs a Broadband Plan to Stoke Competition

Once a leading nation in the deployment of broadband, Canada now barely ranks as a top-20 nation in overall Internet access, according to a new study. A new national broadband plan that encourages competition could help the country regain its position as a broadband leader.

FCC's Broadband Plan Delayed By a Month

The Federal Communications Commission says it will need another month to deliver its national broadband plan. The deadline to originally submit the plan to the U.S. Congress was Feb. 17. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has said that he wants to get the National Broadband Plan right.

The FCC Sees the Future — and It's VoIP

The FCC is prepping for a future without the circuit-switched network that currently handles most of the calls in this country, as we transition to an all-IP communications network. This transition requires regulatory reform, but will also enable new services that meld voice, video and data.