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So How’s The ARRA Doing At 6 Months?

August 14, 2009 Broadband , Mapping , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Wireless

As we approach the 6-month mark on the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), it seems like a good time to check in on the (from my perspective) relevant pieces of the Act. Specifically, the National Broadband Plan, the National Broadband Map, and Broadband stimulus package.

With the exception of the mapping, where I am less than thrilled so far but still hoping to see improvement, I give these things fairly high marks.

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The Last Cautionary Broadband Mapping Tale Before $350 Million Is Wasted

July 6, 2009 AT&T , Broadband , Mapping

Later this week, on July 9, AT&T will largely complete its mission to make irrelevant one of the leading state broadband agencies in the country. The agency is the e-NC authority, an organization created eight years ago by the state legislature to track the availability of Internet services and to push for more and faster Internet service across the state.

The European Commission has recognized the excellence of e-NC’s programming. Companies such as Microsoft and IBM have recognized the agency’s excellence, and Jane Patterson, the executive director, is a world-class expert on broadband.

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Art is On the Media

June 22, 2009 Broadband , Mapping

PK's own Art Brodsky appeared on NPR's On the Media program this past Friday. The segment featured Mark McElroy of Connected Nation—which has several contracts to map broadband facilities—describing his organization's mapping methodology and their need for secrecy in sources; and a rebuttal by Art, who argues that the secrecy is used to skew the numbers in order to protect choice markets for the large telecomm incumbents who sit on Connected Nation's board.

You can listen to the segment, and read a transcript, here: http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2009/06/19/04

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Conduit Bill A Good Example of “Mindful” Federal Policy

June 16, 2009 Broadband , Competition , FCC , Fiber , Mapping

Last week, we filed comments in the FCC's open Notice of Inquiry on what to put in the National Broadband Plan. Among other things, we called for a "mindful" federal (and state and local) policy that looked to leverage opportunities to advance broadband deployment and adoption as part o our policy efforts generally and not just in its own little "broadband" pigeonhole.

The Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2009 (BCPA) is an excellent example of what we mean by "mindful" federal policy. Introduced on the House side by Rep.

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100 Days of Obama Internet Policy

April 29, 2009 Broadband , Mapping , Non-Discrimination , NTIA

Once in a while, we must bow to tradition. One of those is the irrelevant, but inescapable, evaluation of the president after 100 days in office.

The Obama Internet and tech agenda came roaring out of the transition and Inauguration under a full head of steam. Now, more or less creeping along, bogged down and becalmed largely by circumstances beyond its control. It may be months before the Obama team regains its full-power tech policy mojo. It may be longer before they regain the tech chops that made the campaign such a juggernaut. And yet, there is reason to hope.

Throughout the presidential campaign, the Obama team had the most complete and progressive tech policy and tech-policy team ever assembled.

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