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July 29, 2014

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July 28, 2014

This Week: Wireless Cramming, Minority Media and Microsoft’s Data Warrant

The highlights include a look at Microsoft’s challenge of a warrant for data located in Ireland, a Senate hearing on wireless cramming and a conference on issues for minority media and telecom businesses.

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July 24, 2014

E-Rate Shakeup: Wi-Fi Money Is Available, but There’s a Catch

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to shake up the E-Rate program of federal subsidies for Internet service in public schools and libraries has only partly been successful — his FCC colleagues have agreed to make more money available for Wi-Fi, as Wheeler proposed in June, but only if the dollars aren’t needed for basic Internet connections.

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July 23, 2014

Transparency Rule Still in Place, FCC Reminds Broadband Providers

The Federal Communications Commission issued an advisory Wednesday reminding broadband service providers that they are still bound by part of the 2010 “open Internet” rule requiring accurate disclosure of information about their services.

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A Look at Technology at Libraries

A new report from the American Library Association, the University of Maryland and the International City/County Management Association on “digital inclusion” says that 39 percent of public libraries have fiber optic Internet connections and that 98 percent offer Wi-Fi.

Here are a few more statistics from the survey, which had breakdowns by locale:

  • Fiber connections were 58 percent for libraries in cities compared to 27 percent in libraries in rural areas.
  • City libraries have an average Internet download speed of over 100 Mbps. Rural libraries had an average download speed of over 21 Mbps.
  • 90 percent make e-books available.
  • 41 percent make laptops available. In this case, rural libraries offered this service at a higher percentage than city libraries.
  • 17 percent of libraries offer use of tablets.
  • 2 percent have 3-D printers.

July 21, 2014

Satellite Television, Internet Governance and Open Data This Week

The House will take up a satellite television bill this week and a subcommittee holds a hearing on three tech bills. Elsewhere in Washington, events on Internet governance, open data and broadband regulation are coming up.

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July 17, 2014

The Question of Broadband Access for the Poor and Municipal Broadband

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Booker. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Is municipal broadband a way to lower obstacles poor people face in accessing broadband?

The issue cropped up at the end of a  Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing Wednesday.

“For me, when I see communities in very poor census tracts in urban areas having very high costs, relatively high costs, for families of what their access is, it’s very worrisome to me,” said Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., referring to access to broadband.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 9:49 a.m.
Broadband

July 16, 2014

Municipal Broadband Action in House Would Tie FCC’s Hands

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Blackburn. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House has agreed to a Republican measure that would block the Federal Communications Commission from overriding state laws that restrict municipal broadband networks. The 223-200 vote on the proposal by Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn was largely split along partisan lines.

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July 15, 2014

Net Neutrality Comments Deadline Extended

The Federal Communications Commission’s deadline for filing the first round of comments on its net neutrality proposal had been today, but it looks like the agency’s website couldn’t handle the amount of traffic it saw in recent hours, and the deadline has been pushed back until the end of the week.

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Net Neutrality Comments on the FCC Site, Charted

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(Federal Communications Commission)

The Federal Communications Commission in a blog post Monday came out with two charts tracking the comments filed electronically about its controversial net neutrality proposal (aka its “open Internet” plan). The initial comment deadline is today.

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July 14, 2014

Botnets, the Video Marketplace and Permanent Internet Tax Ban Bill This Week

This week, activity on the Hill includes hearings on botnets and the future of the video marketplace as well as  House consideration of a permanent ban on taxing Internet access. Elsewhere in Washington, events on the IP transition, data analytics and Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference are on tap.

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