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  • New Homeowner Has To Sell House Because Of Comcastís Incompetence, Lack Of Competition

    03/26/2015 11:45:10 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 42 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | March 25, 2015 | Chris Morran
    Only months after moving into his new home in Washington state, Consumerist reader Seth is already looking to sell his house. He didnít lose his job or discover that the property is haunted. No, Seth canít stay much longer because no one can provide broadband service to his address; even though Comcast and CenturyLink both misled him into thinking heíd be connected to their networks and in spite of the fact that his county runs a high-speed fiberoptic network that goes very near to his property. Like an increasing number of Americans, Seth works from home, meaning that itís vital...
  • FCC: Broadband Providers Not Entitled to First Amendment Protections

    03/13/2015 6:09:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 74 replies
    CNS ^ | March 12, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    Two weeks after passage, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finally released its landmark ďnet neutralityĒ regulations Thursday morning. Among its many determinations, the FCC stated that broadband providers do not enjoy First Amendment protections because they do not have a right to free speech. ďThe rules we adopt today do not curtail broadband providersí free speech rights,Ē the commission said on page 268 of its decision, noting that because they merely serve as a means for others to express themselves, broadband providers are not entitled to free speech rights themselves. ďWhen engaged in broadband Internet access services, broadband providers are...
  • Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

    02/05/2015 8:08:24 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 50 replies ^ | 4 Feb 2015 at 02:36 |
    A Nevada court has ruled FBI agents can dress up as ISP repairmen to blag their way into a suspect's home without a search warrant Ė but must tell the courts about it when they do. The ruling stems from a case brought by the Feds against Malaysian poker player Wei Seng Phua and his son, whom the agency accused of running an illegal betting syndicate from a luxury Las Vegas villa during last year's FIFA World Cup. The duo hired the house in the grounds of Caesars Palace casino on the famous Strip, and asked for large-screen monitors, laptops,...
  • FCC Redefines Broadband Internet To At Least 25 Mbps, Faster Than National Average

    01/31/2015 3:22:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 34 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2015 12:05 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF) Ė The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to change the definition of what constitutes high-speed internet, adopting a standard 2.5 times the current national average.
  • FCC says broadband-class connections must offer at least 25Mbps download speeds

    01/29/2015 1:21:11 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | 01/29/15 | AppleInsider Staff
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took a step toward improving Internet speeds in America, requiring providers to offer download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second to classify as "broadband." The new restrictions also require 3Mbps speeds for uploads to classify as broadband Internet. Internet service providers face the more severe restrictions after the FCC determined that U.S. broadband deployment is not keeping pace with the rest of the world. The new benchmark speeds are a large improvement from the previous requirement of 4Mbps download and 1Mbps upload to classify as broadband. The FCC said that the...
  • Obama calls for government-run broadband service

    01/15/2015 7:27:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/15/2015 | Rick Moran
    President Obama has called on cities and towns to create their own broadband service for their residents to compete with large corporations. Obama was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa touting the plan to get states to relax their rules against municipalities setting up their own networks. Cedar Rapids got an exemption from the FCC to create their own networks a few years ago. Republicans in Congress reacted immediately. The Hill: "In Tennessee we have a term to describe people like President Obama ‚ÄĒ tone-deaf,‚ÄĚ Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said in a statement. ‚ÄúAt a time when Americans think the biggest...
  • Online toll roads

    11/18/2014 11:08:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | November 14, 2014 | The Houston Chronicle
    Internet old-timers - those of us over age 25 - remember a time when the web was called the Information Superhighway. The debate over net neutrality has us thinking about another sort of highway: the Trans-Texas Corridor. The TTC, a proposed 4,000-mile toll road, rail and utility project, died a death of a thousand cuts in 2010. First proposed as a much-needed infrastructure investment, the well-intentioned project grew into a monstrosity of politically connected contractors, private property concerns and conspiracy theories. The biggest blow to TTC was statewide opposition to granting Spanish-owned developer Cintra a 50-year, multibillion-dollar deal to control...
  • ALEC Urges FCC to Respect Federalism, Reject Preemption on Muni Broadband

    09/04/2014 1:55:24 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-4-14 | ALEC
    On August 29, ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson and twenty state legislators sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They called on the FCC to respect principles of constitutional federalism regarding statesí authority over their local governments. State constitutions or state legislatures create and define the powers of county, city and public utility districts. But the FCC is now weighing whether to eliminate the laws of some twenty states that restrict their respective local governments from going into the business of providing broadband Internet services. As a matter of public policy, ALEC believes that private sector investment, innovation and...
  • Investing in the Internet: Municipal or Misguided Broadband?

    08/06/2014 2:21:38 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-6-14 | Aaron Bisla
    The idea of universal Internet access is a noble one, but taxpayers shouldnít be strapped with sustaining failing businesses in order to reach that ideal. Innovation and investment by private broadband providers in the free market has put universal access within reach. Private enterprise avoids the risks to taxpayers when municipal government-owned broadband networks go bust. State and local governments have a critical role to play in ensuring universal access to broadband Internet. By ensuring economic conditions favorable to marketplace innovation and investment, states can do more to advance broadband access than risky muni broadband projects.
  • In Net-Neutrality Push, Democrats Aim to Make the Internet a Utility

    07/14/2014 1:48:01 PM PDT · by abb · 18 replies
    Nextgov ^ | July 14, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    Several liberal lawmakers want to apply utility-style regulations to Internet service providers. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, collected signatures for a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet like the telephone system. Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Al Franken of Minnesota, as well as independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have signed on, aides confirmed. The lawmakers have planned a Tuesday morning press conference with Internet advocacy groups. In the letter, the senators argue that stronger authority is necessary to enact strong net-neutrality rules to prevent broadband providers such as Comcast from manipulating...
  • FCCís grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

    05/07/2014 9:47:11 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 7,2014 | Michael O'Rielly
    Internet application and content companies, what some refer to as ďedge providers,Ē are increasingly concerned by the Federal Communications Commissionís (FCC) newfound ability to regulate the Internet, and rightfully so.
  • A Broadband Plan for the States

    02/05/2014 1:13:19 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    A Broadband Plan for the States ^ | 2-5-14 | John Stephenson
    Today we are pleased to release a white paper entitled The Statesí Broadband Plan, a set of three suggested policies designed to promote broadband connectivity in the states. This white paper comes in response to legislatorsí requests for proven ideas to foster more economic growth through technology and improve public safety in the wake of natural disasters. The best way to address the economic problems facing the country is to increase economic opportunity, investing in and fostering potential growth areas of the economy that hold real promise to create jobs and wealth. Few areas hold as much promise as broadband...
  • The Net Neutrality Lobby Is Like a Frog

    01/18/2014 11:22:05 PM PST · by Pontiac · 21 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 1/17/2014 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    What the net-neut obsessives refuse to recognize is that anticompetitive intent isn't worth worrying about if an anticompetitive result isn't possible. If AT&T were "double-dipping," or charging sender and recipient for the same data, as some allege, its rivals would quickly copy its innovation and compete away any excess revenues. If AT&T were to degrade websites that don't pay up, its rivals would pounce and steal AT&T's dissatisfied customers.
  • Question for Radio/Television Engineers

    12/31/2013 12:35:00 PM PST · by publius321 · 32 replies
    Scott Ryan
    I'm far from an engineer, which is why I am posing this question. Pardon me if my line of thinking is askew. My rudimentary understanding of what & how digital television stations broadcast is that they have 5 "channels" over which to send their signals now. My question is: Is there currently a way or do you think there wil be a way in the near future - for television stations to offer --high speed WIRELESS Internet service-- as opposed to mere broadcasting of program, which of course is becoming obsolete. In my basic thinking, I presume that 5 channels...
  • Dish Network to close all Blockbuster stores, lay off 2,800

    11/06/2013 1:23:26 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/06/2013 | Reuters
    Dish Network said on Wednesday it will close all 300 or so retail locations of the Blockbuster video rental chain by January, closing a chapter on a brand that failed to compete in the digital world. Dish plans to lay off as many as 2,800 employees. Dish, the second-largest U.S. satellite TV company, bought the failed Blockbuster LLC video rental chain in a bankruptcy auction in 2011 for $320 million, a dramatic fall for a brand that at its peak in 2002 had a market value of $5 billion.
  • Hope & Change and the right to broadband

    08/21/2013 6:51:44 AM PDT · by shoff · 9 replies
    Examiner ^ | 08/20/2013 | Steven Hoffman
    How many readers notice Obamaís bold new initiative called ďConnect-EdĒ announced earlier this month. You might have heard about it in the form of a proposed increase in the Universal Service fund the FCC imposes on all cell phone users, with the exception of the two and a half million Obama phones. If you didnít hear or glossed over the details since everything Obama does is proclaimed bold by news organizations. Obama is proposing to connect 99% of students to broadband internet service by calling on the FCC to ďmodernize and leverageĒ its E-Rate program to support this vision.
  • Obama in Silicon Valley: Govít Should Help Build Broadband Infrastructure Like It Helps Build Roads

    06/08/2013 5:42:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 7, 2013 - 2:59 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Speaking at a fundraising dinner held in Silicon Valley for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Thursday night, President Barack Obama said that the government should play a critical role in creating the nationís ďbroadbandĒ infrastructureóa role similar to the one the government plays in building roads and bridges. ď[G]overnment has a critical role to play in funding science and research, in creating the infrastructureónot only the old infrastructure of roads and bridges and ports, but the new infrastructure of smartgrids and broadband,Ē Obama said. Broadband is the medium through which many Americans now get Internet access delivered to their...
  • Google Fiber Announcement Live Stream ( --- Replay -- ??)

    07/26/2012 1:45:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Hardocp ^ | July 26, 2012
    For those of you interested, the Google's Fiber team is making an announcement live as we speak. I just watched a demonstration showing Google Fiber at speeds of 900Gbps down / 720Gbps up
  • FCC opens $300M fund to boost rural broadband access

    05/02/2012 4:28:55 PM PDT · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Fierce Telecom ^ | 4-27-12 | Sean Buckley
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week unveiled a $300 million fund to extend broadband to as many as 400,000 previously unserved homes, businesses and anchor institutions. Created by the regulator last October, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the Connect America Fund (CAF) was a "once-in-a-generation reform of the Universal Service Fund" that will connect all Americans with broadband Internet by the end of the decade.
  • LightSquared vows to fight FCC's decision

    02/15/2012 4:11:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2012 | Brendan Sasso
    Wireless start-up LightSquared plans to fight the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) move to reject its proposed nationwide 4G network, a company official told The Hill. Jeff Carlisle, LightSquared's vice president for regulatory affairs, said the company will file a formal comment with the FCC urging the agency not to follow through on its proposal to "indefinitely suspend" LightSquared's authority to operate cell towers. The FCC announced the decision Tuesday night after the president's top adviser on telecom issues concluded there is "no practical way" to prevent LightSquared's network from disrupting GPS devices, including those used in flight safety. When...
  • FCC map: Large areas not covered by mobile broadband

    02/10/2012 4:50:50 PM PST · by matt04 · 24 replies
    Large portions of the western half of the U.S. do not have access to 3G or faster mobile broadband service, according to a new map released by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The map, released by the FCC Friday, shows large parts of Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Texas and Montana as not having 3G or faster mobile broadband service. The map shows nearly all states have some areas uncovered by 3G service, including parts of New York and Pennsylvania and large parts of West Virginia and Maine. The areas identified in the map will be eligible for service through the...
  • FCCís Genachowski proposes broadband reform

    01/09/2012 10:08:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    WaPo ^ | at 11:38 AM ET, 01/09/2012 | Hayley Tsukayama
    In his remarks, Genachowski said the program has been successful, but has also been plagued with problems of accountability and efficiency. Multiple service providers are often supplying Lifeline subsidies to the same households, he said, because there is no centralized system. To address the issue, Genachowski said, the draft proposal creates a national database of Lifeline users to prevent duplicative billing. It also sets a budget for Lifeline aimed at connecting eligible consumers while staying within budget, and requires that participating companies be subject to independent audits every two years.
  • Competition, Convergence, and the Verizon-Cable Deal

    12/08/2011 11:39:27 AM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2011-12-08 | [Staff]
    Verizonís decision last week to purchase a chunk of 4G spectrum from cable companies is a huge development for both the future of television and wireless. The move frees up spectrum desperately needed for consumers, increases competition in the wireless industry, and emphasizes just how much ďanytime, anywhereĒ is the future of TV and content consumption. Under the deal, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks will sell $3.6 billion worth of spectrum in the 700 MHz range Ė ideal for mobile broadband Ė to Verizon. This brings a notable amount of unused spectrum onto the market, covering over...
  • Cable cos. to offer $9.95 broadband for poor homes

    11/09/2011 8:57:24 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    AP ^ | November 9, 2011 | PETER SVENSSON
    NEW YORK (AP) ó Cable companies said Wednesday that they will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for free school lunches. The offer will start next summer and is part of an initiative the Federal Communications Commission cobbled together to get more U.S. homes connected to broadband. One third, or about 35 million homes, don't have broadband. That affects people's ability to educate themselves and find and apply for jobs, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.
  • Viasat broadband 'super-satellite' launches

    10/19/2011 5:54:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/19/11 | BBC
    One of the most powerful satellites ever built has headed into orbit on a Russian Proton rocket. The Viasat-1 spacecraft will deliver broadband services to customers in the US and Canada. With a total data throughput of some 140 Gbps, the satellite has more capacity than all other communication satellites over North America combined. Viasat-1 left Earth from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The lift-off for its carrier Proton rocket occurred at 00:48 local time (18:48 GMT). The flight was due to last more than nine hours, and two hours in all was reported to be well. Viasat-1 will be...
  • F.C.C. Plans to Overhaul Telecom Fund to Focus on Expanding Broadband

    10/07/2011 4:31:19 AM PDT · by abb · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 7, 2011 | Edward Wyatt
    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday outlined a plan to transform the Universal Service Fund, an $8 billion fund that is paid for by the nationís telephone customers and used to subsidize basic telephone service in rural areas, into one that will help expand broadband Internet service to 18 million Americans who lack high-speed access. The chairman, Julius Genachowski, said the overhaul of the fund would eliminate waste and inefficiencies in a program that is outdated, unfair and not accountable to the consumers who support it through monthly assessments on their phone bills. An F.C.C. official, who...
  • LightSquared: Obamaís Dangerous Broadband Boondoggle (Another Example of Corrupt Crony Capitalism)

    09/21/2011 12:43:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/21/2011 | Michele Malkin
    If you thought the half-billion-dollar, stimulus-funded Solyndra bust was a taxpayer nightmare, just wait. If you thought the botched Fast and Furious gun-smuggling surveillance operation was a national-security nightmare, hold on. Right on the heels of those two blood-boilers comes yet another alleged pay-for-play racket from the most ethical administration ever. Welcome to LightSquared. Itís a toxic mix of venture socialism (to borrow GOP senator Jim DeMintís apt phrase), campaign-finance influence-peddling, and perilous corner-cutting all rolled into one. The company is building ďa state-of-the-art open wireless broadband network.Ē Competition in the industry is a good thing, of course. But military,...
  • LightSquared claims to have solution for GPS interference problems

    09/21/2011 11:23:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 21, 2011 | Brendan Sasso
    Wireless startup LightSquared claimed Wednesday to have found a solution that will prevent its network from interfering with Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, even especially sensitive precision devices. The company said it worked with Javad, a GPS manufacturer, to develop a system that will adapt precision GPS devices so they can operate in the presence of LightSquared's network. Martin Harriman, LightSquared's executive vice president of ecosystem development and satellite business, said the fix is affordable and "relatively simple. The company plans to test a batch of prototypes alongside additional tests required by the Federal Communications Commission. LightSquared intends to...
  • Politically-connected LightSquared pushes wireless Internet plan despite GPS concerns

    09/03/2011 6:14:13 PM PDT · by sloop · 13 replies
    iwatch news ^ | July 19, 2011 | John Aloysius Farrell and Fred Schulte
    When the Federal Communications Commission granted LightSquared Inc. expedited approval to launch a new wireless Internet service, some powerful voices in Washington expressed alarm, including the Pentagon and one-third of the U.S. Senate. LightSquaredís bold $14 billion plan, its detractors said, could cripple GPS systems and threaten aviation safety, disrupt military and rescue operations and interfere with high-tech farming equipment and the everyday navigation devices used by millions.
  • America's "broadband miracle" and the law of unintended consequences

    08/22/2011 5:24:46 PM PDT · by rob777 · 21 replies
    Renew America ^ | 8/22/2011 | Self
    In the midst of politicians clamoring for yet more government backed stimulus money to be spent on infrastructure projects, it is time once again to consider what economists call "the law of unintended consequences." Often great breakthroughs, are totally unforeseen and therefore very hard to plan for. This is one of the biggest reasons why a centrally planned economy does not work. Earlier this year I wrote an article suggesting that we leave the implementation of "Smart Meters' up to the free market. In that article I noted the panic back in the early 1980Ās when Japan jumped out to...
  • Totals Stimulus Package Cost To Broadband Rural Areas: $349,000/home. $7,000,000/home In Montana!

    07/10/2011 6:26:20 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 63 replies
    Huckabee Show on FNC | Huckabee
    On FNC, Gov Huckabee just revealed the cost to you and me to bring Broadband internet service to rural areas through Obama's Stimulus package. It was $349,000 per home, and you and I paid it! In Montana, it was worse. The program made Broadband available to a total of 7 homes that did not have it available before, at a cost to you and me of $49,000,000. That's $7,000,000 per home. The total cost was $7.2 BILLION... and we... and our kids... and their kids, paid the bill! And does anyone doubt that Obama is trying to destroy America?
  • LightSquared admits it will knock out 200,000 sat-navs

    07/01/2011 11:40:09 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | 1 July 2011 | Bill Ray
    Wireless broadband firm LightSquared has admitted that its original plan would have knocked out most GPS sat-nav kit, but argues that its new plan will only leave 200,000 users lost. Reporting on the results of several months of testing, involving 130 different GPS receivers, LightSquared admits that operating in the neighbouring band to GPS satellites will knock out a significant proportion of location-finding kit. But the company reckons its revised plan, announced last week, avoids interfering in all but the most-sensitive GPS kit: which LightSquared pegs at 200,000 devices around the USA. Those are important devices, installed in aircraft to...
  • Testing of new wireless network could cause GPS outages

    05/15/2011 1:12:19 PM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 50 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 14 May, 2011 | Karoun Demirjian
    A warning for night drivers: If your GPS navigator gives out on you this week, donít despair. What youíre experiencing is only a test of the emerging broadband system. Starting Monday, broadband developer LightSquared will start testing its planned 4G speed wireless network in the Las Vegas area. The test will run after midnight for several hours for 10 days, and if it works, Las Vegas could become one of the first U.S. cities to get on a super-high speed Internet grid thatís independent of any particular service provider. But if it fails, government agencies warn that it could compromise...
  • Stimulus money for rural broadband was spent where it wasn't needed

    04/17/2011 5:22:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Montana) ^ | April 17, 2011 | By Michael Becker
    A new report says that $64 million in federal stimulus money meant to bring broadband to rural parts of Gallatin County was awarded to an area that already had ample access to high-speed Internet service. Of the 9,035 households in Opticom's proposed service area, the report's authors claim, only 136 are "unserved" by broadband, according to definitions established by the USDA's Rural Utilities Service, or RUS, which awarded the stimulus money through its Broadband Initiatives Program. Two other broadband projects were highlighted in the report, one in northwestern Kansas and another in northeastern Minnesota. Together, the three projects analyzed account...
  • Sweetheart deal for billionaire could cut off GPS service

    02/10/2011 12:20:19 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 69 replies
    FCC bending the rules for obama's internet service. Throw your GPS's in the trash.
  • EDITORIAL: Obama to America: Get lost--Sweetheart deal for billionaire could cut off GPS service

    02/07/2011 5:37:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 7, 2011 | Editorial
    In the past decade, millions have come to depend on the seeming magic of the global positioning system (GPS) to guide them to their destination. The navigational gadgets in cars, cell phones and other hand-held devices can even be a lifesaver. Now the system may be undermined by a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision last month to allow a well-connected company to exploit a slice of the airwaves in a way that potentially blocks GPS signals. The FCC bent the rules so the Reston-based firm LightSquared could offer a new wireless Internet service that fulfills President ObamaĎs high-profile push for...
  • Arcata communications company launches 'super Wi-Fi' on Yurok Tribe reservation

    01/31/2011 8:33:07 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 20 replies
    Times-Standard ^ | 31 January 2011 | Donna Tam
    Carlson Wireless and the Yurok Tribe hope to begin testing a new kind of Wi-Fi technology this week, bringing connectivity to a rural area where traditional Wi-Fi has difficulty operating. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted the Arcata-based Carlson Wireless an experimental license to operate its RuralConnect IP, a TV white-space band device that extends broadband service further than traditional Wi-Fi signals. The device uses a low frequency to transmit to locations within deep valleys or areas blocked by trees, according to the company. ĒThe reuse of this spectrum is a part of a much bigger rural broadband initiative,Ē...
  • Stimulus funds help wire rural homes for Internet

    01/29/2011 1:42:55 PM PST · by decimon · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 29, 2011 | JOHN CURRAN
    EAST BURKE, Vt. Ė Up in rural northern Vermont, it took until the 1960s to run power lines to some towns ó decades after the rest of America got turned on. These days, it's the digital revolution that remains but a rumor in much of rural America. Dial-up user Val Houde knows this as well as anybody. After moving here four years ago, the 51-year-old mother of four took a correspondence course for medical transcription, hoping to work from home. She plunked down $800, took the course, then found out the software wasn't compatible with dial-up Internet, the only kind...
  • 'Net neutrality': ObamaCare for the Web

    12/22/2010 3:40:41 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 21, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    When bureaucrats talk about increas ing our "access" to x, y or z, what they're really talking about is in creasing exponentially their control over our lives. As with the government health care takeover, so with the newly approved government plan to "increase" Internet "access." Call it Webcare. By a vote of 3-2, the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday adopted a controversial scheme to ensure "net neutrality" by turning unaccountable Democratic appointees into meddling online traffic cops. The panel will devise convoluted rules governing Internet service providers, bandwidth use, content, prices and even disclosure details on Internet speeds. The "neutrality"...
  • F.C.C. Chairman Sets Broadband Regulation Framework

    12/01/2010 2:56:53 AM PST · by abb · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 1, 2010 | Edward Wyatt
    Thwarted by the courts, by lawmakers on Capitol Hill and by some of his fellow commissioners, the Federal Communications Commission chairman will try again on Wednesday to devise a new strategy for regulating broadband Internet service providers. In a speech he plans to give Wednesday in Washington, Julius Genachowski, the F.C.C. chairman, will outline a framework for broadband Internet service that forbids both wired and wireless Internet service providers from blocking lawful content. But the proposal would allow broadband providers to charge consumers different rates for different levels of service, according to a text of the speech provided to The...
  • Why Broadband Service in the U.S. Is So Awful

    10/08/2010 7:42:26 AM PDT · by Sakity Yaks · 46 replies
    The average U.S. household has to pay an exorbitant amount of money for an Internet connection that the rest of the industrial world would find mediocre. According to a recent report by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, broadband Internet service in the U.S. is not just slower and more expensive than it is in tech-savvy nations such as South Korea and Japan; the U.S. has fallen behind infrastructure-challenged countries such as Portugal and Italy as well.... Phone companies have to compete for your business. Even though there may be just one telephone jack in your...
  • FCC takes 'free love' approach to white spaces spectrum

    09/24/2010 1:25:00 PM PDT · by bigbob
    Network World ^ | 9/24/10 | Brad Reed
    The Federal Communications Commission's new approach to dealing with white spaces spectrum has gone from "proceed with utmost caution" to "if a channel looks open, use it." In its second memorandum opinion on white spaces issued Thursday, the FCC removed the requirement that devices operating on TV bands have built-in sensors that would automatically shut down the devices if they came into contact with an adjacent television signal. That requirement had originally been put in place to satisfy concerns of television broadcasters that were worried that unlicensed use of white spaces could interfere with their broadcast quality.
  • Obama Administration Will Spend Almost $2 Billion in Stimulus Funds to Subsidize Broadband Internet

    08/19/2010 9:41:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/19/10 | Matt Cover
    Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and White House Economist Jared Bernstein on Wednesday announced $1.8 billion in new broadband Internet subsidies funded by the stimulus program. The subsidies are intended to encourage telecommunications companies to build broadband networks in rural areas where it is not normally profitable to do so. (See White House news release) In a conference call on Wednesday, Locke described the subsidies as ďinvestments.Ē He said the taxpayer money would help build high-speed Internet networks in areas where the private sector has been ďunwilling or unableĒ to do so.
  • Google-Verizon should prompt FCC to demand Net Neutrality

    08/17/2010 1:28:47 PM PDT · by detritus · 20 replies · 1+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 8/12/10 | Susan Crawford and Lawrence Lessig
    Candidate Barack Obama told America that he believed in an open and "neutral" Internet -- one where the owners of the wires didn't get to pick and choose which applications would run on the network. Soon after Julius Genachowski was appointed as President Barack Obama's choice to head the Federal Communications Commission, he outlined a clear and ambitious plan to turn that commitment into a reality. But now Verizon and Google have struck a deal for a legislative template that would allow Verizon to be the gatekeeper for services running over its Internet Protocol pipe, and Google to be the...
  • Obama announces $795M in new grants to expand broadband Internet access

    07/02/2010 4:04:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 2+ views
    the hill ^ | 7/2/10 | Gautham Nagesh
    President Barack Obama announced 66 Recovery Act projects Friday aimed at expanding broadband Internet access and public computing centers in underserved communities at a cost of $795 million. The projects vary widely in their size, scope and focus, from a $45 million grant to expand broadband access in western Massachusetts to a $1.8 million grant to the Montana State Library to provide faster Internet at its 42 local libraries. Speaking at Andrews Air Force Base on Friday morning, Obama said he expects the projects to create 5,000 construction and installation jobs in the short term and benefit millions of Americans...
  • First nation makes broadband access a legal right (Finland)

    07/01/2010 11:42:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | July 1, 2010 | Simon Hooper and Saeed Ahmed
    Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right for all citizens. The legislation, which came into effect Thursday, forces telecom operators to provide a reasonably priced broadband connection with a downstream rate of at least one megabit per second (mbs) to every permanent residence and office, the Finnish government said in a statement. "From now on a reasonably priced broadband connection will be everyone's basic right in Finland," said Finnish communications minister Suvi Linden. "This is absolutely one of the government's most significant achievements in regional policy and I am proud...
  • Obama endorses plan to boost wireless broadband

    06/28/2010 5:38:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/10 | JoAnne Allen and John Poirier
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Barack Obama endorsed on Monday plans by regulators to nearly double the spectrum now available for wireless devices. The White House announced a plan modeled after proposals by the Federal Communications Commission to free up 500 megahertz of spectrum over the next 10 years to meet the demand for laptop computers and smartphones such as Apple Inc's popular iPhone. Some estimates suggest the next five years will see an increase in wireless data of between 20 to 45 times 2009 levels, reflecting the burgeoning use of wireless devices. The Federal Communications Commission, which manages commercial...
  • FCC 10-127: Please File a Formal Objection Against Total Control of the Internet by the Obamunists

    06/19/2010 10:28:35 AM PDT · by catnipman · 2 replies · 302+ views
    FCC ^ | 06/19/2010 | Cat Nipman
    Summary You can object to the Obamunist attempt to take control of the Internet by declaring it to be a telephone service by writing an objection statement in Notepad, Word, etc., and downloading it to the FCC at and clicking on "Submit a Filing", which is listed under "ECFS Main Links" in a box at the upper left part of the page. You must fill out the personal identification information boxes for your objections to be included in the public record (rather than them simply being ignored). Also, be sure to fill in "10-127" in the "Proceeding Number" box....
  • Regulators move forward with broadband rules (reining in the internet, FCC-style)

    06/17/2010 11:41:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 528+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/17/10 | John Poirier
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. communications authorities on Thursday took a small but significant step toward regulating high-speed Internet in a bid to reclaim oversight, setting the stage for an eventual legal showdown with industry heavyweights. Big broadband providers like AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and Comcast Corp oppose the move by the Federal Communications Commission, fearing the agency may heavily regulate their businesses in ways that could crimp profits and cast a cloud on investments. The FCC voted 3-2 to collect public comments on whether the agency should reclassify broadband regulation under existing phone rules -- typically considered a stricter...
  • FCC releases comprehensive analysis on network capacity for nationwide mobile public safety network

    06/15/2010 6:47:44 AM PDT · by Military family member · 1 replies · 187+ views
    The Journal of Business ^ | 6/15/2010 | FCC
    Washington, D.C. -- The Federal Communications Commission today released a comprehensive white paper which provides the capacity analysis behind the National Broadband Plan recommendations for the deployment and operation of a nationwide 4G wireless public safety network that allows first responders to seamlessly communicate across geographies and agencies, regardless of devices. The white paper, titled: ďThe Public Safety Nationwide Interoperable Broadband Network, A New Model For Capacity, Performance and CostĒ, shows that the 10 MHz of dedicated spectrum currently allocated to public safety will provide the capacity and performance necessary for day-to-day communications and serious emergency situations. One study cited...