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July 30, 2009 | Anna Gould
As the public comments have poured in, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is quickly discovering that creating a national broadband plan is no small task. Blair Levin, who was specifically recruited to help develop the plan, has said recently that the 8500 pages of public comments thus...
July 20, 2009 | Anna Gould
The Washington, DC-based think tank, the New America Foundation, and Google are partnering in a mission to collect public feedback for the National Broadband Plan.  The economic stimulus package, which Congress passed earlier this year, mandated that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...
July 16, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
Measuring broadband is really hard. That was the conclusion after a panel of noted authorities discussed George S. Ford’s presentation of the Phoenix Center’s new policy paper, “The Broadband Adoption Index” (BAI) on July 15. With a full house at the National Press Club, Dr. Ford, with the...
July 16, 2009 | Steven Worona
ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which has been under negotiation between the U.S. and a couple dozen other industrialized nations since 2007. Counterfeiting is bad, so anti-counterfeiting must be good, right? Well...
July 15, 2009 | Steven Worona
Everyone's buzzing about a headline in Monday's Wired Campus blog from the Chronicle of Higher Education: "New Study Shows Decrease in Illegal Music Downloading". The survey of 1,000 music fans was carried out by a pair of British research organizations and initially described in The...
July 14, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC), speaking before a gathering of the Broadband Breakfast Club on July 14, praised the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) broadband stimulus provisions as central to our nation’s economic recovery. He went further and declared them superior to the...
July 10, 2009 | Anna Gould
Since the broadband grant rules were published last week, lawmakers have begun to express concerns about requirements and definitions.  Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops, and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing to address the matter.  Some...
July 8, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
   It has been one week since the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the broadband stimulus funding was released to the public and the analysis, webinars, and client reports are just beginning to emerge en masse. Within hours of the release there were brief “first impressions” that...
July 2, 2009 | Steven Worona
Last August, President Bush signed into law the 1,200-page Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, termed by one Senator "a well-intentioned contraption of unnecessary rules and regulations that waste time and money that ought to be spent on students and improving quality." (For...
July 2, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
The basic foundation of any program to bring ubiquitous broadband to the United States rests on the definitions of three key terms: broadband, unserved, and underserved.  The importance of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) released July 1 could be measured by those participating in the...
July 1, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
Enjoy your Holiday weekend after reading the 120 page Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the Broadband Initiatives Program released today, July 1, as promised. If you are one of the many higher education related entities that are...
June 28, 2009 | Rodney Petersen
The 2009 National Campus Safety and Security Conference, hosted by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, was held on June 27th in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference provided some insights into the outcomes of the project which is supported by EDUCAUSE and other...
June 25, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
Word on the street is that the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) and the Rural Utility Service (RUS) are working very hard to meet the June 30 release date for their long awaited rules for the ARRA broadband grant program. Groups are gearing up around town to analyze them...
June 24, 2009 | Wendy Wigen
The fifth annual Broadband Policy Summit was held June 18-19 in Arlington, VA and managed once again to draw a “who’s who in telecommunications policy” list of participants. Chairman Rick Boucher and Mark Seiffert of the NTIA gave the opening keynotes and Interim FCC Chairman Michael Copps...
June 22, 2009 | Rodney Petersen
Dr. Melissa Hathaway, who was in charge of The White House 60 day clean slate review of cybersecurity, said that this review is different from the three earlier presidential actions (PDD-63 issued by President Clinton, the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace issued by President Bush, and the...

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