Skip to comments.Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan
Posted on 03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT by Cindy
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Home Briefing Room Statements & Releases
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan
America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental railroad and the Interstate highways, so too must we harness the potential of the Internet. Expanding broadband across the nation will build a foundation of sustained economic growth and the widely shared prosperity we all seek.
I commend Chairman Julius Genachowski, the Commissioners, and the FCC staff for their hard work in developing the National Broadband Plan.
My Administration will build upon our efforts over the past year to make America's nationwide broadband infrastructure the worlds most powerful platform for economic growth and prosperity, including improving access to mobile broadband, maximizing technology innovation, and supporting a nationwide, interoperable public safety wireless broadband network.
How long until we get them memberships at Bally's and spa treatments at the Fairmont?
ON THE INTERNET:
Also, ON THE INTERNET:
stepping back in time...
“FCC To Introduce Net Neutrality Rule”
September 18, 2009
SNIPPET: “Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, plans to propose a new so-called net neutrality rule Monday that could prevent telecommunications, cable and wireless companies from blocking Internet applications, according to sources at the agency.
Genachowski will discuss the rules Monday during a keynote speech at The Brookings Institute. He isn’t expected to drill into many details, but the proposal will specifically be for an additional guideline on how operators like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast can control what goes on their networks. That additional guideline would prevent the operators from discriminating, or act as gatekeepers, of Web content and services.”
“Should an Independent Regulatory Agency Head Be Visiting the White House This Often?”
TechLiberation.com ^ | 11/29/09 | Adam Thierer
Posted on November 29, 2009 9:16:07 PM PST by Major Matt Mason
SNIPPET: “Move over, health care reform, climate change, and the economy. Judging by White House visits by various government agency heads, the Obama administration instead appears preoccupied with the re-regulation of communications, media, and the Internet. The Administration has just released logs of all visitors to the White House and Executive Office Buildings from Obamas inauguration through Augustincluding a staggering 47 visits by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski. By contrast, no other major agency head logged more than five visits. Chairman Genachowski obviously has an audience with those at the highest levels of power, including the President himself, but this raises questions about just how independent this particular regulator and his agency really are.”
"Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental railroad and the Interstate highways, so too must we harness the potential of the Internet."
That word “harness” reminds me of something you would do to a horse, so I went over to DICTIONARY.com to look at all the meanings of the term “harness.”
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the combination of straps, bands, and other parts forming the working gear of a draft animal.Compare yoke1 (def. 1).
(on a loom) the frame containing heddles through which the warp is drawn and which, in combination with another such frame or other frames, forms the shed and determines the woven pattern.
the equipment, as straps, bolts, or gears, by which a large bell is mounted and rung.
Electricity. wiring harness.
armor for persons or horses.
verb (used with object)
to put a harness on (a horse, donkey, dog, etc.); attach by a harness, as to a vehicle.
to bring under conditions for effective use; gain control over for a particular end: to harness water power; to harness the energy of the sun.
Archaic. to array in armor or equipments of war.
in double harness. double harness (def. 2).
engaged in one’s usual routine of work: After his illness he longed to get back in harness.
together as cooperating partners or equals: Joe and I worked in harness on our last job.
Opinion: Looks like definition 7 is the definition for the terminology as used in the statement in post no. 1.
"...and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy."
“...and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy.”
AKA “Eye of Sauron”
ADDING to post no. 4 and post no. 5:
stepping back in time...
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Net Neutrality For Campaign Donors ( Top Donor awarded FCC chairman position )
Big Government ^ | October 28, 2009 | Capitol Confidential
Posted on October 29, 2009 6:35:38 PM PDT by opentalk
Just how far is the Obama administration willing to go to reward big donors? In the wake of yesterdays explosive report regarding scores of top Democratic donors being rewarded with VIP access to the White House, private briefings with administration advisers and invitations to important speeches and town-hall meetings, its a question thats on the minds of many politically-engaged Americans, and one likely to grab yet more attention, thanks to this article in todays USA Today. It notes that:
More than 40% of President Obamas top-level fundraisers have secured posts in his administration, from key executive branch jobs to diplomatic postings in countries such as France, Spain and the Bahamas, a USA TODAY analysis finds.
USA Today goes on to report that one top-level fundraiser apparently awarded with a plum job is Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.
The paper reports that Genachowski raised more than $500,000 for Obamawhich critics charge may have helped him buy a position that now puts him at the center of one of Washingtons most heated policy debates, namely that regarding net neutrality.
Genachowski, a strong proponent of the policy and a darling of far left groups like Save The Internet, has recently garnered criticism for what some see as an effort to ram net neutrality through with little to no debate. The proposed policy has recently become the focus of criticism and concern from everyone from internet service providers to groups typically regarded as Obama administration-friendly, such as the Asian American Justice Center, National Council of La Raza, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the National Urban League. 72 House Democrats and three Democratic Governors have also raised concerns about the proposed policy.
Last week, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced legislation to block the FCC, led by Genachowski, from enacting net neutrality rules. In a statement, McCain suggested that net neutrality amounted to a government takeover of the Internet. He added that enacting the regulation favored by Genachowski, which he dubbed oppressive, would stifle innovation, in turn slowing our economic turnaround and further depressing an already anemic job market. On Tuesday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced similar legislation to block net neutrality in the House. Genachowski critics argue that her move evidences further existing forceful, bipartisan opposition to Genachowskis preferred policy, and will enhance scrutiny of the FCC Chairmans agendaas may the USA Today revelations.
Why don’t they study the Coolidge Plan for Access to Radio?
When Coolidge took office in 1923, radio was still fairly primitive, and a rarity. When he left office in 1929, radios with loudspeakers were the norm, and were found in most living rooms.
Obama should study how, through the Federal Agency for Radio Development and Affordability, Coolidge marshalled the forces of the federal government to create the technological advances required by radio, and redistributed the resources of the wealthy to make radio available to the less-well-off.
I don’t get this at all.
Look how far the internet has spread without any intervention at all. Where there’s a chance for profit, it will go. All by itself. There is no reason for this.
Can you say SOCIALISM???
I heard someone call in to a rado show the other day. He printed his own magnetic bumper stick that says DON’T BLAME ME! I DIDN’T VOTE FOR SOCIALISM.
I bought some printable magnetic sheets and I’m making one today!!
‘Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as internet’
Bye by to another freedom.
If someone lives in the boondocks they did it for a reason.
Escape the hustle and bustle of civilization.
Well, that includes the internet.
I’ve/we’ve already paid to connect them to the internet via telephone modems (Algore Universal Tax).
If they want speed, MOVE.
The broadband infrastructure is the largest privately funded construction project in the history of man.
It is worth trillions of dollars.
No wonder these greedy jealous bastards want to get their hands on it. It is a great stream of revenues, and they will control the communication networks.
Go for command and control.
Thank you for pinging your list ShadowAce.
America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy.What? I thought Al Gore invented that thirty five years ago. Thanks Cindy.
How long until we get them memberships at Bally's and spa treatments at the Fairmont?
Remember, to a liberal, the Constitution is a "living breathing document". The right to the Internet is in the same emanation of a penumbra that says that porn is free speech, but giving a candidate you support $100,000 is not.
You’re welcome SunkenCiv.
There is IMHO a motive for Democrats to promote broadband internet.Broadband enables the transmission of high production value programming such as movies . . . and high production values are a distraction, at best, from serious thought and high philosophical value.
With radio, the rapid technological advancement outstripped the ability of the Federal Radio Commission (FRC) and then later the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to control the medium until it bumped up against broadcast spectrum limitations. That gave government a foothold to gain power.
I’m hoping the rapid evolution of the web (Google’s 100x speeds, flash video viewing, explosion of mobile devices, etc) will again outstrip the ability of the bureaucracy to control it. The network will become more ubiquitous and less susceptible to control.
It’s all about the network - the ability to communicate widely. That is the key to control and conversely freedom.
Always remember this:
Prior to the printing press: One to one.
After the invention of the printing press: One to many.
Today’s internet: Many to many.
“Federal Court Rules Against FCC on Net Neutrality”
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
By Joelle Tessler, Associated Press
Washington (AP) -
SNIPPET: “The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is a big victory for Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable company. It had challenged the FCC’s authority to impose so-called “net neutrality” obligations on broadband providers.
The ruling also marks a serious setback for the FCC, which is trying to officially set net neutrality regulations. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski argues that such rules are needed to prevent phone and cable companies from using their control over Internet access to favor some online content and services over others.
The decision also has serious implications for the massive national broadband plan released by the FCC last month.”
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Home Briefing Room Presidential Actions Presidential Memoranda
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release June 28, 2010
Presidential Memorandum: Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
SUBJECT:Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution
America’s future competitiveness and global technology leadership depend, in part, upon the availability of additional spectrum. The world is going wireless, and we must not fall behind. The resurgence of American productivity growth that started in the 1990s largely reflects investments by American companies, the public sector, and citizens in the new communications technologies that are what we know today as the Internet.
The Internet, as vital infrastructure, has become central to the daily economic life of almost every American by creating unprecedented opportunities for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs. We are now beginning the next transformation in information technology: the wireless broadband revolution.
Few technological developments hold as much potential to enhance America’s economic competitiveness, create jobs, and improve the quality of our lives as wireless high-speed access to the Internet. Innovative new mobile technologies hold the promise for a virtuous cycle — millions of consumers gain faster access to more services at less cost, spurring innovation, and then a new round of consumers benefit from new services. The wireless revolution has already begun with millions of Americans taking advantage of wireless access to the Internet.
Expanded wireless broadband access will trigger the creation of innovative new businesses, provide cost-effective connections in rural areas, increase productivity, improve public safety, and allow for the development of mobile telemedicine, telework, distance learning, and other new applications that will transform Americans’ lives.
Spectrum and the new technologies it enables also are essential to the Federal Government, which relies on spectrum for important activities, such as emergency communications, national security, law enforcement, aviation, maritime, space communications, and numerous other Federal functions. Spectrum is also critical for many State, local, and tribal government functions. As the wireless broadband revolution unfolds, innovation can enable efficient and imaginative uses of spectrum to maintain and enhance the Government’s capabilities.
In order to achieve mobile wireless broadband’s full potential, we need an environment where innovation thrives, and where new capabilities also are secure, trustworthy, and provide appropriate safeguards for users’ privacy. These characteristics will continue to be important to the adoption of mobile wireless broadband.
This new era in global technology leadership will only happen if there is adequate spectrum available to support the forthcoming myriad of wireless devices, networks, and applications that can drive the new economy. To do so, we can use our American ingenuity to wring abundance from scarcity, by finding ways to use spectrum more efficiently. We can also unlock the value of otherwise underutilized spectrum and open new avenues for spectrum users to derive value through the development of advanced, situation-aware spectrum-sharing technologies.
I therefore am hereby directing that executive departments, agencies, and offices, and strongly encourage that independent agencies, take the following steps:
Section 1. The Secretary of Commerce, working through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), shall:
(a) collaborate with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make available a total of 500 MHz of Federal and nonfederal spectrum over the next 10 years, suitable for both mobile and fixed wireless broadband use. The spectrum must be available to be licensed by the FCC for exclusive use or made available for shared access by commercial and Government users in order to enable licensed or unlicensed wireless broadband technologies to be deployed;
(b) collaborate with the FCC to complete by October 1, 2010, a specific Plan and Timetable for identifying and making available 500 MHz of spectrum as described in subsection (a) of this section. For purposes of successfully implementing any repurposing of existing spectrum in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, the Plan and Timetable must take into account the need to ensure no loss of critical existing and planned Federal, State, local, and tribal government capabilities, the international implications, and the need for appropriate enforcement mechanisms and authorities;
(c) convene the Policy and Plans Steering Group (PPSG) to advise NTIA on achieving the objectives in subsections (a) and (b) of this section. The Secretaries of Defense, the Treasury, Transportation, State, the Interior, Agriculture, Energy, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Administrators of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration, the Director of National Intelligence, the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, and the head of any other executive department or agency that is currently authorized to use spectrum shall participate and cooperate fully, or in the case of independent agencies are strongly encouraged to, in the activities of the Department of Commerce in accomplishing subsections (a) and (b) of this section and promptly provide appropriate funding and staff resources for agency support to these efforts and the work of the PPSG; and
(d) submit, not later than 180 days after the Plan and Timetable described in subsection (b) of this section are completed, to the National Economic Council (NEC), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) an interim report to assess progress against the Plan and Timetable developed in accordance with subsection (b) of this section. Additional interim reports shall be submitted 180 days after the submission of the first interim report and then annually thereafter until such time as the Plan and Timetable are completed. In preparing these reports, the Secretary of Commerce shall work cooperatively with the FCC and other relevant departments, agencies, and offices.
Sec. 2. The Director of OMB shall work with the Secretary of Commerce, through NTIA and in consultation with affected departments, agencies, and offices, to incorporate into the Plan and Timetable referred to in section 1(b) of this memorandum adequate funding, incentives, and assistance to enable executive agencies or other affected entities to accomplish the actions specified in section 1(a) of this memorandum.
Sec. 3. The Secretary of Commerce, working through NTIA, in consultation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, NASA, and other agencies as appropriate, shall create and implement a plan to facilitate research, development, experimentation, and testing by researchers to explore innovative spectrum-sharing technologies, including those that are secure and resilient.
Sec. 4. The FCC is strongly encouraged to work closely with the Department of Commerce, through NTIA, to carry out this memorandum as it relates to the FCC, including the repurposing of nonfederal Government spectrum as appropriate and identifying the mechanisms necessary to ensure compliance with the FCC’s decisions.
Sec. 5. The NEC, the OMB, and the OSTP (in consultation with the Department of Commerce, working through NTIA, FCC, and the National Security Staff) shall assess, based on the interim report developed pursuant to section 1(d) of this memorandum, whether there has been sufficient progress in achieving the objectives of this memorandum or whether some other mechanism, such as an independent review panel, is needed to address those areas where sufficient progress is not occurring. The NEC, the OMB, and the OSTP shall make any necessary recommendations to the President regarding such progress 45 days after receiving the initial interim report required by section 1(d) of this memorandum and, as appropriate, following subsequent reports.
(a) To the extent permitted by law and within existing appropriations, the Department of Commerce, through NTIA, shall provide administrative support for the interagency groups created in this memorandum.
(b) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect the functions of the Director of OMB relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(c) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to require the disclosure of classified information, law enforcement sensitive information, or other information that must be protected in the interests of national security.
(d) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(e) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
Sec. 7. The Secretary of Commerce is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
...will build upon our efforts over the past year to make America's nationwide broadband infrastructure the world's most powerful platform for economic growth and prosperity, including improving access to mobile broadband, maximizing technology innovation, and supporting a nationwide, interoperable public safety wireless broadband network.-- with a kill switch and net neutrality. Thanks Cindy.
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