FCC Issues NPRM On Broadband Privacy Guidelines For ISPs

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would establish privacy guidelines for ISPs offering broadband services. The new rules would ensure that consumers understand and consent to the purchase of ISP broadband services, and that ISPs providing

Sicker and Lehr on Telecom Deja Vu: A Model For Sharing in Broadband Access @whlehr

Media Law Prof Blog

Douglas Sicker, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Computer Science, and William Lehr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, have published Telecom Déjà Vu: A Model for Sharing in Broadband Access.

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Regulating Broadband Video Distribution

Media Law Prof Blog

Adam VanWagner, Fordham University Law School, is publishing Seeking a Clearer Picture: Assessing the Appropriate Regulatory Framework for Broadband Video Distribution in the Fordham Law Review. Here is the abstract. This Note examines the appropriate regulatory framework for the distribution

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai Releases Statement On Broadband Deployment

Media Law Prof Blog

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has released a statement concerning deployment of broadband throughout the U.S. It begins: The American government needs to embrace the IP transition. Consumers and private enterprise already have done so, recognizing that next-generation technologies such as

Finland’s Approach: Life, Liberty, and Broadband

JetLawBlog

Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband Internet access a legal right for every citizen. It’s official.

The Broadband Question

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times, an editorial on broadband company promises, the FCC's attempts to sort out what service the average wired consumer actually receives, and what solutions might work

Genachowski On Broadband

Media Law Prof Blog

Prepared Remarks of Chairman Julius Genachowski Federal Communications Commission “Connecting the Nation: A National Broadband Plan.” FCC Chair Julius Genachowski's remarks, made at the Clinton Presidential Library, November 24, 2009. The Clinton Presidential Library Little Rock, Arkansas November 24, 2009

FCC Survey On Broadband Speed

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC has published the results of its survey on broadband speeds and U.S. users' knowledge of their connection speed. The agency notes that 80 percent of users do not know their connection speed. According to a PEW survey done

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission: Broadband Service a Basic Service

Media Law Prof Blog

Jean-Pierre Blais, head of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), announced today that access to a minimum level of fixed broadband and mobile speed is a basic service for all Canadians.

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The FCC's Rollout Of Its Broadband Access Plan

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Reaction to the FCC's broadband plan

FCC Issues Third Broadband Report

Media Law Prof Blog

Here's the press release

Sixth Circuit Rules For States, Against FCC In Muni Expansion Broadband Case

Media Law Prof Blog

The Sixth Circuit has ruled that the FCC overstepped its authority in allowing municipalities to build out high-speed network that provide broadband services if state laws do not allow such services, because Congress does not specifically grant the agency to

What Now For the FCC's Broadband Policy

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times, a piece on the FCC's likely broadband policy in the wake of Comcast v.

FCC Works With the Geek Squad To Broaden Broadband

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The FCC increases its broadband program by enlisting folks like the Geek Squad. More here from the New York Times

In Scandinavia, a Right to Development (and Broadband)

JetLawBlog

But another “right” has garnered a lot of press in recent days in Scandinavia–the right to broadband Internet access. The United States is the only industrialized nation without a national policy to promote high-speed broadband.

FCC National Broadband Plan - What It Suggests for TV Broadcasters Spectrum

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC today released its National Broadband Plan to Congress, and in it spelled out its suggestions for the future of television. Facilitating the deployment of ubiquitous, dependable wireless broadband service is identified as a fundamental goal of the Commission’s proposals. The authors of the Commission’s report have viewed the problems experienced by some wireless broadband providers in major markets as indicative of a coming shortage in wireless capacity.

Allocating Broadband in the Twenty-First Century

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael Santorelli and Charles Davidson, New York Law School, have published "Seizing the Mobile Moment: Spectrum Allocation Policy for the Wireless Broadband Century." Broadband is widely recognized as a key platform for enabling and supporting job Here is the abstract.

Broadband Services in the Market

Media Law Prof Blog

Broadband Services," as George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. Thomas W. Hazlette, George Mason University School of Law and Dennis Weisman, Kansas State University Department of Economics, have published "Market Power in U.S. 09-69. Here is the abstract

Digital Public Media and the Broadband Project

Media Law Prof Blog

Goodman, Rutgers University Law School, and Anne Chen, University of Pennsylvania and the Yale University Information Society Project, have published Digital Public Media Networks to Advance Broadband and Enrich Connected Communities. Ellen P. Here is the abstract. The Federal Communications

The FCC Opens For Comment on Its National Broadband Plan

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times, an article on the FCC's National Broadband Plan comment period

FCC Chair's Statement On Broadband Consumers and Internet Congestion

Media Law Prof Blog

From the FCC news release: “For some time now we have been talking about protecting Internet consumers. At the heart of this is whether Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that provide connectivity in the final mile to the home can advantage

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From the FCC Chair: New Actions For the Broadband Acceleration Initiative

Media Law Prof Blog

From the FCC: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced new actions as part of the Broadband Acceleration Initiative, a comprehensive effort to remove barriers to broadband build-out, including streamlining the deployment of mobile broadband infrastructure, such as towers, distributed antenna

FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules, Reclassifies Broadband Access under Title II

New Media and Technology Law

As expected by the Chairman’s statements in the lead-up to the vote, the FCC’s Open Internet Order reclassifies broadband internet access as a “telecommunications service” (or common carrier service) under Title II of the Communications Act. The new rules cover both wired and wireless broadband. Reasonable network management permitted to manage the technical and engineering aspects of a provider’s broadband networks.

Hollywood Docket Top 5: FCC broadband plan; pawn shop expose; 'Project Runway' effect

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The FCC might expand its regulatory scope with an ambitious "National Broadband Plan." It seeks to increase access to the Internet but also includes provisions on competition rules, the video set-top market, broadcast spectrums and more. Here's an overview of.

Federal-State Joint Conference On Advanced Services Announces Joint Conference On Broadband Adoption and Usage

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7 Broadband Summit: Broadband Adoption and Usage What Have We Learned? From the FCC: Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services Announces Feb. The Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services will hold a summit on February 7, 2013 to identify and

FCC's White Paper on National Broadband Plan Capacity

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The FCC has released a white paper containing its "capacity analysis behind the National Broadband Plan recommendations for the deployment and operation of a nationwide 4G wireless public safety network that allows first responders to seamlessly communicate across geographies and

FCC Releases Broadband Plan; Holds Open Meeting March 16th

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC released its plan for bringing broadband to the masses yesterday. Today, the masses react. Here's a story from NPR discussing both plan and reaction. Here's a link to the open meeting, going on now

FCC Wants More Wireless Broadband from TV Spectrum - Congress and the White House Get In on the Action

Broadcast Law Blog

While it's summer in Washington and things should slow down, the discussion of the need for wireless spectrum for broadband, and the related question of whether to reclaim television spectrum for that use, continues unabated. This week, the FCC released a new report finding that between 14 and 24 million Americans have no access to broadband , and finding that a disproportionate number of those people are in rural areas.

FCC Commissioner Copps On the Broadband Initiative to Extend Digital Literacy

Media Law Prof Blog

Commissioner Copps' Statement on the Broadband Adoption Initiative to Extend Digital Literary Training and Provide Employment Assistance To Communities I applaud the launch of the Connect to Compete initiative and the many participants who have committed to bring the wonders

FCC Chair Issues Statement On AT&T Investment In Broadband Networks

Media Law Prof Blog

From the FCC: STATEMENT FROM FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI ON AT&T INVESTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT “AT&T’s announcement of billions of dollars in new investment in wired and wireless broadband networks is proof positive that the climate for investment and innovation in the

FCC Wants More Wireless Broadband from TV Spectrum - Congress and the White House Get In on the Action

Broadcast Law Blog

While it's summer in Washington and things should slow down, the discussion of the need for wireless spectrum for broadband, and the related question of whether to reclaim television spectrum for that use, continues unabated. This week, the FCC released a new report finding that between 14 and 24 million Americans have no access to broadband , and finding that a disproportionate number of those people are in rural areas.

FCC Freezes Channel Changes By Digital TV Stations While Evaluating Reallocation of Television Spectrum for Broadband Use

Broadcast Law Blog

In another example of how seriously the FCC is considering the reallocation of portions of the TV spectrum for wireless broadband use , the Commission today issued a Public Notice freezing any new petitions for changes in the channels of television stations. Yet, as the FCC is looking at implementing its plan to recapture portions of the television spectrum for use by wireless broadband, this freeze has now been adopted.

Conference on Broadband Held at New York Law School

Media Law Prof Blog

The Media Center of New York Law School has posted video of its recent Conference on Broadband in a Post-Stimulus Environment here. A transcript of papers will be available in Media Law & Policy this spring; papers will be posted

As Broadcasters Return From NAB Convention, FCC Extends Date for Comments on Policies Leading to Repurposing TV Spectrum for Broadband

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC has granted a one week extension for reply comments in the proceeding looking to take many of the preliminary steps toward incentive auctions by which the FCC would reclaim parts of television spectrum for use by wireless broadband companies. This remains a very hot issue, with the FCC officials who attended the NAB Conference clearly pushing the agenda advanced in the Broadband Plan to reclaim some of the television spectrum for wireless uses.

FCC Rejects Request by Low Power Television Broadcaster to Test Technology to Enable Broadband Service Over Broadcast Spectrum

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week the FCC rejected a request by a low power television broadcaster seeking an experimental license to test a technology that would allow broadcast television stations to provide broadband access. This decision brought about a rebuke by a Wall Street Journal columnist , suggesting that the FCC was not fully exploring one way to rapidly deploy broadband through existing TV licensees, in fears of foregoing the revenues that would come from an auction of reclaimed television spectrum.

FCC Chair's Prepared Remarks: Broadband Field Hearing On Small Business, December 21st, 2009

Media Law Prof Blog

From the FCC Prepared Remarks of Chairman Julius Genachowski Federal Communications Commission Broadband Field Hearing on Small Business Chicago, Illinois December 21, 2009 The Federal Communications Commission is in Chicago today as part of a public conversation over the shape

FCC Announces Forum On Nationwide Public Safety Mobile Broadband Network

Media Law Prof Blog

From an FCC announcement: On Friday, March 4, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Public Safety Homeland Security Bureau’s (PSHSB) Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) will host a forum to garner input on the

Harvard's Berkman Center To Assist FCC In Studying Broadband Deployment

Media Law Prof Blog

From the FCC The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University will conduct an independent expert review of existing literature and studies about broadband deployment and usage throughout the world. This project will help inform the FCC’s efforts

Reclaiming Over-the-Air TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband Use - What Will the Budget Super Committee Decide?

Broadcast Law Blog

The battle over the reclamation of television spectrum for wireless broadband rages on, and some in the television industry fear that the future of over-the-air television may be sacrificed to Congressional attempts to reduce the Federal deficit. These auctions are planned to pay some stations to turn in their spectrum, or to enter into arrangements to share spectrum with other stations, freeing some channels for broadband use.

The Debate Continues Over Using TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband - Incentive Auctions, International Considerations, Deficit Reduction, and Public Safety All Play a Role

Broadcast Law Blog

The debate over repurposing some of the television spectrum for wireless broadband have been raging over the normally quiet Washington summer, as issues as diverse as the budget negotiations, the tenth anniversary of 9-11 and international treaties all play their part in the discussions. The FCC has been pursuing the idea of repurposing some of the television spectrum for wireless broadband use since well before the Broadband Report was issued last year.

Of “Lunch Stands and Merry-Go-Rounds”: Ninth Circuit’s Rejection of FTC Authority Over “Throttling” Could Have Far Reaching Implications for Cable and Other Broadband Providers

New Media and Technology Law

On August 29th, a Ninth Circuit panel unanimously held that the FTC has no power to challenge “throttling” of unlimited data plan customers by mobile broadband providers as an “unfair or deceptive act.” Given the FCC’s 2015 reclassification of all public broadband services (wired and mobile) as “common carrier” services , the decision potentially could be applied to exempt cable companies and other broadband providers (e.g.,

FCC Authorizes Mobile DTV Receivers Without Analog Tuners - Further Signals of the End of Analog LPTV, and Raises Questions of Recapture of TV Spectrum for Broadband

Broadcast Law Blog

One interesting note is that the success of this service will make it more difficult for the Commission to reclaim television spectrum for broadband use. Were the Commission to try to take back television spectrum for broadband use, where could they put the TV stations displaced from the reclaimed spectrum, especially if they have successful mobile operations? Thus, the services which this ruling promotes may help to shape the debate about the broadband recapture.

FCC Freezes Applications for New LPTV and TV Translator Stations While Contemplating How the Broadband Plan Will Affect the TV Spectrum

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, we wrote that the FCC is going ahead with a rulemaking looking at how broadband needs may require some reallocation of the TV spectrum to wireless uses. Finding that much of the demand for new translators has been met in these rural areas in the intervening period, the FCC has now determined that, until the spectrum needs for television and broadband are more certain, it would not accept any more applications for these stations.