• Tech-Savvy Supporters Key to Broadband Plan's Passage

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 11:37 am

    Are you ready to get behind the National Broadband Plan? You better be, because if tech savvy broadband users don't push it through, there is little chance we'll see 100mbps Internet connections for 100 million or bridge the digital divide that today denies broadband to almost that same number of people.
  • Putting the FCC National Broadband Plan into Action

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 10:53 am

    With all of the attention the FCC National Broadband Plan has received over the past few months, you would expect that releasing the actual 376-page document--Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan--would be the end game. On the contrary, publishing the document is just the beginning.
  • FCC broadband plan calls for 'minimal' public safety fee for all broadband users

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 10:21 am

    The FCC's National Broadband Plan, released today, calls for a new "minimal" fee on all U.S. broadband users to help pay for a new $16 billion nationwide emergency response wireless network.
  • Who else wants national broadband?

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 10:21 am

    Let's say that the Federal Communications Commission's $15.5 billion broadband deployment plan helps produce the fastest nationwide broadband network in the modern world -- is there any guarantee that more people will use it?
  • The FCC's Broadband Plan: Winners and Losers

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 10:20 am

    The Federal Communications Commission's national broadband plan is meant to benefit all Americans, but not every group or company is going to be happy with the proposal. The nature of politics holds that there will be winners and losers as the government steps in to boost the quality and availability of Internet in the United States. The actual implementation of the plan could change lawmakers get their hands on it, but here's an early look at who gains and who loses from the national broadband plan:
  • Unveiling the FCC National Broadband Plan

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:44 pm

    Drum roll please. After months of hype and speculation, the time has finally come for the FCC to present its National Broadband Plan to Congress. Over the past few weeks FCC chairman Julius Genachowski and other FCC members have hinted at some initiatives in the plan, building some support, but also drawing fire from both sides.
  • FCC Broadband Plan: FAQ

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    We'll get a preview of the future of Internet access proposed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which will detail its National Broadband Plan Tuesday in an open meeting before formally presenting the plan to Congress on Wednesday.
  • FCC broadband test greeted by skepticism

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    The Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Broadband Test is drawing criticism from skeptics who are calling it too simplistic and inaccurate to yield useful data.
  • FCC Broadband Speed Tests Should Also Aid Enforcement

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 1:03 pm

    While it's great the Federal Communications Commission is offering free broadband speed tests, it would be greater if the commission would use the data to force carriers to more accurately describe the speeds they offer and then keep their promises.
  • Why the National Broadband Plan Should Include Public Wi-Fi

    Posted March 11, 2010 - 6:16 pm

    As the FCC prepares to release its National Broadband Plan next week, I hope it will address expanding Wi-Fi as part of improving mobile data access. It appears no amount of repurposed radio spectrum is likely to meet the expanding wireless data demand for very long.
  • FCC Drives Need for National Broadband Plan

    Posted March 9, 2010 - 10:49 pm

    The FCC is in overdrive selling Congress, industry providers, and American citizens on the need to address the growing crisis faced by the United States. Today, the FCC unveiled more details of its National Broadband Plan, which will be officially presented to Congress next week.
  • Google Fiber Draws Another Bid

    Posted March 9, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    Sarasota has entered the Google Fiber race for super-high-speed Internet by renaming City Island "Google Island."
  • FCC wants existing phone subsidies to go to broadband

    Posted March 6, 2010 - 10:04 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will propose to phase out funding for a US$4.6 billion-a-year program that subsidizes telephone service to rural areas and shift the money to broadband deployment, agency staff members said Friday.
  • FCC Broadband Plan Under Fire From All Sides

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    The National Broadband Plan proposed by the FCC expected to be submitted to Congress on March 17 is already under fire. Depending on who you ask, the $25 billion plan to expand and modernize the broadband infrastructure in the United States is either overly ambitious, or completely inadequate.
  • Google throws down the broadband gauntlet

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    You have to give Google points for great timing — and an entertaining sense of mischief. Just as the telcos are gearing up for battle with the FCC over the feasibility of widespread broadband, Google rolls out an audacious new plan to deliver gigabit/sec residential connectivity to some 500,000 users.
  • FCC Broadband Plan Likely to Meet Financial Resistance

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 5:11 pm

    It won't be released for two weeks, but the FCC's national broadband plan is already drawing critics, who say it is overly broad and unworkable. The plan, a child of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, calls for as much as $25 billion in spending, money Congress isn't likely to part with easily or all at once.
  • FCC's broadband plan critiqued as overly broad, unfeasible

    Posted March 3, 2010 - 9:37 am

    The National Broadband Plan that will be submitted to Congress March 17 already appears be impossibly broad and technologically difficult to roll out, based on what's known about it so far, several analysts said.
  • Topeka: That's Google, Kansas To You

    Posted March 2, 2010 - 10:31 pm

    The mayor of Topeka has unofficially changed his city's name to Google. Yes, seriously.
  • Broadband in rural America: I'm not holding my breath

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 10:37 pm

    I live in the country amidst rich forests, abundant wildlife, clear starry nights and a silence so deep it often stuns visitors from the city. The price I pay: really crappy Internet access.
  • FCC says 93M in U.S. lack broadband; digital divide grows

    Posted February 23, 2010 - 2:44 pm

    A survey by the FCC shows that cost and lack of digital skills are the main reasons one-third of Americans do not get high-speed Internet connections at home.
  • Benefits of the FCC Broadband Plan

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 10:27 am

    The FCC revealed a preview of the National Broadband Plan it intends to propose to Congress next month. The 56-page proposal outlines some ambitious, yet reasonable, initiatives aimed at expanding and modernizing access to broadband in the United States.
  • Google's gigabit experiment a welcome prod in the side

    Posted February 22, 2010 - 10:20 am

    What changes when bandwidth is virtually unlimited? That's what Google is hoping to find out with its recently announced plans to deliver 1Gbps to up to 500,000 homes in an ultra-high speed Fiber to the Home (FTTH) experiment.
  • FCC Wants High-Speed Internet for the Masses

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 11:32 pm

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has shared some details about the upcoming National Broadband Plan that will be sent to Congress in March, including plans to bring 100 M bps (bits per second) high-speed internet service to 100 million homes across the United States.
  • FCC's 100 Megabits to the Home: What It Means To You

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    There's little debate that the United States lags behind other industrialized nations in high-speed Internet use. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), more than 100 million Americans don't have broadband at home because they either can't get it, can't afford it, or aren't aware of its benefits. Some 65 percent of U.S. households have broadband, a far lower adoption rate than in other technologically advanced countries such as Singapore (88 percent) or South Korea (95 percent).
  • U.S. broadband adoption sees significant spike

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 5:23 pm

    Broadband usage has increased significantly over the past two years, as 63.5% of U.S. households now report having broadband connections.
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