Items tagged "Broadband"

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Want to Keep America Home? Give Everyone Free Basic Broadband.

March 20, 2020 Affordable Broadband , Broadband , Broadband Access , Communications & Pandemic Series , Covid-19 , FCC , Legislation

This blog post is part of a series on communications policies Public Knowledge recommends in response to the pandemic. You can read more of our proposals here and view the full series here. Medical experts agree that the most important thing we can do to support the efforts against the COVID-19 outbreak is a medical […]

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PK In The Know Podcast: Charter/Time Warner Cable Merger and Blizzard World of Warcraft Lawsuit

November 16, 2015 Broadband , CharterTWC , Copyright , Future of Video , Video Marketplace

PK In The Know Podcast: Charter/Time Warner Cable Merger and Blizzard World of Warcraft Lawsuit

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PK In The Know Podcast: Broadband Access and the Lifeline Program

October 13, 2015 Broadband , Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline , Lifeline Modernization

PK In The Know Podcast: Broadband Access and the Lifeline Program

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PK In The Know Podcast: Net Neutrality, Expanding Wifi, and 3D Printed Left Shark

February 13, 2015 3D Printing , Broadband , Broadband Access , Net Neutrality

PK In The Know Podcast: Net Neutrality, Expanding Wifi, and 3D Printed Left Shark

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Why Does South Korea Have Faster Internet for a Cheaper Price Tag?

July 19, 2017 Broadband , Broadband Access , Competition , Connectivity , International

The average South Korean can choose between three major private internet providers –SKT, KT and LG U+ – and pay less than $30 a month for the fastest internet in the world. That’s $17 less than what the average American pays for a much slower internet hookup. But why? How is it possible that the citizens of the last developed democracy have a faster and more affordable internet than Americans? The simple answer to this question is that in the 1990s South Koreans decided that their country needed a fast and affordable internet provided by a vibrant private sector, and there was the political willingness, and a national plan, to achieve that goal.

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A Perfect Match: Title II Will Make Senator Thune’s Rural Broadband Goals A Reality

June 10, 2015 Broadband , FCC , Rural Broadband , Title II , Universal Service

For nearly all Americans, broadband is an indispensable service that makes it possible for them to communicate, transact commerce, and participate in civic life. In fact, broadband is so critical that last month Senator Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and a bipartisan group of 60 senators, called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) to ensure that rural Americans have access to high-speed broadband.

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The Other Reclassification: FCC Action on MVPDs Could Increase Online Video Competition

March 4, 2015 Broadband , Competition , FCC , MVPD

You may be forgiven if, given all the attention given to the FCC’s decision to classify broadband as “telecommunications” under Title II of the Communications Act, you missed that the FCC was also considering another “reclassification,” of a sort. Specifically, the FCC is considering allowing online services to operate as “multichannel video programming distributors,” an action that could benefit consumers and competition by opening up the video marketplace to new entrants, and paving the way for online services to offer the same kinds of channels that are available today only through traditional pay-TV services like cable and satellite. Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed comments supporting the FCC’s proposed action, which could increase consumer choice while bringing down prices without subjecting most kinds of online video services to additional regulation.

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Cable Companies are Making Things Up Again

January 28, 2015 Broadband , Comcast , FCC , highspeed internet , Time Warner Cable

NCTA Tells FCC One Thing and Consumers Another About Highspeed Internet

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Net Neutrality, Munibroadband, and the SOTU Shout Out

January 21, 2015 Broaband Access , Broadband , FCC , Municipal Broadband , Net Neutrality

For all us telecom geeks out there, the big deal was the President’s rather brief shout out on network neutrality and municipal broadband (munibroadband). You can see the full text of the speech here. The key paragraph was almost literally a blink and you miss it:

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Modernizing E-Rate Brings U.S. One Step Closer to Digital Equity

December 23, 2014 Broadband , E-Rate , FCC , Wi-Fi

On December 11th, the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward with much needed and long awaited reforms to our nation’s E-rate program. With a 3-2 vote, Democratic Commissioners moved forward on a process that allocates $1 billion annually for expanded Wi-Fi connections in our schools and libraries.

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