Items tagged "National Broadband Plan"

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Verizon Defense of Veroogle Plan Falls Short

August 24, 2010 Broadband , Competition , National Broadband Plan , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access

Tom Tauke, Verizon’s erudite executive vice president for public affairs, made a valiant attempt the other day to try to salvage the policy deal his company made with Google.  In a speech at the Technology Policy Institute’s telecom forum in Aspen, he brought out arguments old and new to argue why it was that an agreement forged between two big companies to their benefit should be accepted.

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Don’t Be Distracted By The Shiny Announcement: PK Urges the FCC to Keep Moving on the Third Way

August 12, 2010 Broadband , Competition , FCC , National Broadband Plan , Network Neutrality

Today, Public Knowledge filed reply comments in the FCC’s “Third Way” docket, urging the Commission to take the steps necessary to protect consumers online.

With all of the commotion over this week’s Google/Verizon announcement, it is important to remember that the major decisions about broadband classification (and net neutrality) will be made at the FCC.

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Why the FCC’s Net Neutrality Negotiations Failed and the Opportunity it Presents

August 9, 2010 Broadband , FCC , National Broadband Plan , Network Neutrality , Non-Discrimination

This summer has been one of the most exhausting in recent memory.  First, there has been a constant barrage of record heat and humidity.  Second, there is the continuing battle over whether and how to preserve the FCC’s authority to protect broadband consumers and ensure universal broadband access.  While the former is somewhat predictable for Washington, the latter has been like a soap opera, with lots of plot twists, make-ups and break-ups and nearly a few tears (of utter frustration).

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Susan Crawford’s Call To Action For Tech Community (and my panel) at PDF 2010

June 7, 2010 National Broadband Plan , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access

Former White House staffer and now (again) law professor Susan Crawford set the Personal Democracy Conference 2010 afire on Friday with a great speech telling the tech community it needs to take a seat at the policy table while important issues are being discussed.

Watch it here.

Also at the conference, I was on a panel with actor/producer Tim Reid and entrepreneur Lauren Coleman talking about what happens when broadband isn’t available. Tim was very passionate about the lack of connections in his community in Petersburg, VA, while Lauren talked about the need for mobile connectivity among younger users.  I talked about broadband safety nets and what happens when those are taken away.

Listen to the session here.

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Jimmy Wales’ Open Internet Problem

June 3, 2010 National Broadband Plan , Network Neutrality

The Personal Democracy Forum is one of the foremost gatherings anywhere of people who use the Internet.  Wander around and you will find entrepreneurs, developers, writers, activists (and many of those here fall into multiple categories) all of whom are working in some form on political activity online.

And so the problem, and the promise, of trying to make sure that Internet remained open showed up starkly in the first presentation, by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.  In the on-stage interview with PDF founder Andrew Rasiej, Wales was asked (full disclosure: I asked the question) whether the concept whether the Internet could contribute to a new governance structure depended on everyone having access to broadband and to a non-discriminatory Internet.

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Rep. Doyle (D-PA) Shows Washington How To Stand Up To Corporate Front Groups

May 27, 2010 Broadband , FCC , National Broadband Plan , Network Neutrality , Regulatory Reform

The faux populist group Americans For Prosperity has been running ads against network neutrality in Mike Doyle’s (D-PA) district in Pittsburgh. Doyle’s response? A letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski telling him to ignore faux populist FUD from AFP, hold firm, and move full speed ahead to protect consumers while Congress takes up the work of updating the Communications Act for a more comprehensive approach.

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Our Pop Technology Culture Is In Danger

May 26, 2010 National Broadband Plan , Network Neutrality

We live in a golden age of Pop Technology.  Pop Technology is a lot like pop culture, or pop music, except that instead of having a fascination for an object (pet rock), a fashion trend (shoulder pads for women) or a singer (Lady Gaga), the immediate objects of public fascination are standalone Web programs or apps for a device, like an iPhone or an Android.

Pop Technology is hip and cool, and may last only for a little while.  It’s Blippy or Swipely or Billshrink.  Some PopTech may catch fire or disappear into a crowded app-scape.  My Space was the standard-bearer of social networking until it wasn’t.  

More important, however, is the environment which nurtured the development of all the cool stuff. The crucial question whether those forces will be able to survive or whether they will be beaten into submission.

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Hamlet on 12th Street (SW)

May 3, 2010 Broadband , National Broadband Plan , Network Neutrality

The turmoil and angst of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, so long speculated about (here and elsewhere) have now been laid bare, thanks to three FCC sources who talked with Washington Post reporter Cecilia Kang.

According to the story, Genachowski is leaning toward trying to find a way to salvage his Open Internet policies through the existing legal structure that was largely, but not completely, shot down by the U.S. Appeals Court, D.C. Circuit, on April 6.  He wants to use the generic authority of Title I of the Communications Act, coupled with language in the law which calls for the FCC to “encourage” more broadband deployment.

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Progress Toward Video Openness

April 22, 2010 Competition , FCC , MVPD , National Broadband Plan , Set-Top Box

Step by step, we’re moving toward a more open approach to pay TV.

As we’ve reported, the National Broadband Plan had a very strong section on the importance of competition and innovation in home video devices in spurring broadband adoption.

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Saving the “Cop on the Beat” Federalist Society Style

March 17, 2010 FCC , National Broadband Plan , Network Neutrality

If you are interested in learning more about the debate over the FCC's authority to protect broadband Internet users, you might want to check out this Federalist Society debate from March 3 featuring me and the very talented Helgi Walker, who argued the Comcast case. You will hear some of the myths I discussed in my previous post.

It's amazing how many people seem shocked that I would participate in a Federalist Society event not once, but twice over the past 5 months. But I would do it again and again. The intellectual debates are honest and substantive, not personal, and more than one Fed-Soc member has come up to me after speaking to say that I made them rethink their assumptions.

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