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Senate Commerce Committee to FCC, “The Game is Changing. Are We Keeping Up?”

March 14, 2013 Broadband , DMCA , Future of Video

On Tuesday, the Senate Commerce Committee held its first FCC oversight hearing of the year.  All 5 Commissioners attended and Senators discussed their laundry list of priorities and pet projects.  While Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) pressed hard on funding for FirstNet, there were several other topics important to the public interest addressed in the hearing.

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AT&T is Not Invincible

March 8, 2013 Broadband , Deregulation , Monopoly , Municipal Wi-Fi

The ill-considered bill in Georgia that would have prevented local communities from investing in their own broadband networks was defeated last night, and this is great news.

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Sorting out the past 36 hours at the WCIT

December 13, 2012 Broadband , International , ITU , Open Internet

Anyone following the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) over the last 36 hours knows this has become a moment of high drama around the International Telecommunications regulations (ITRs) and the role of the ITU for internet-related issues.

Unfortunately, that is probably the only thing anyone can say for certain. Even the member states on the ground have expressed confusion on critical matters, such as whether the widely reported “vote” on a resolution that included express language relating to the internet was really a vote or not. 

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Oregon: Past and Present, A Model for the Nation on Broadband Policy

October 26, 2012 Broadband , Broadband Authority , Competition , FCC

Last week I had the privilege of travelling to Hood River Oregon to speak at the Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference.  Here are my prepared remarks, which focused on policy issues affecting cloud computing.

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Congress Wants More Spectrum (and Broadband) From the FCC

July 10, 2012 Broadband , FCC , Spectrum

How can we meet demand for spectrum and spur innovation?

This question sums up what all the Representatives were asking at today’s FCC Oversight Hearing before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology—and it’s a really good question.  It shows that Congress is aware of the importance of wireless and wired technologies in the lives of consumers and businesses.  It also shows that they are eager to improve these technologies to promote competition, promote job creation, and help make our lives easier.  

House Representatives asked thoughtful and insightful questions of all 5 FCC Commissioners on meeting the demand for spectrum, providing universal broadband service, promptly addressing issues, updating regulations to ensure competitive markets and innovation, and even the storms that have been sweeping the country. 

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