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Red tape could hurt broadband program, senators warn

October 28, 2009 Influential senators raised fresh concerns about the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program during an oversight hearing Tuesday, complaining that it is divided between two federal agencies when only one is necessary. As part of this year's economic stimulus package, Congress tasked the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration and...

Cost of expanded broadband service could reach $350B

September 30, 2009 FCC officials finally have a cost estimate for accomplishing the goal of extending high-speed Internet technology to all Americans: $20 billion to $350 billion. But with only a few months to go before the agency presents a sweeping national broadband plan to Congress, questions remain about how much money ultimately...

Lawmakers weigh next move on public-safety spectrum

September 24, 2009 Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks exposed an urgent need for an interoperable nationwide communications network for police, fire and rescue squads, Congress and the FCC are headed back to the drawing board. Their objective is a wireless broadband system that would enable first responders to communicate across...

Democrats urge changes in broadband program

September 10, 2009 An Obama administration effort to extend broadband to communities with limited or no service drew criticism today from an unlikely constituency: Democrats. House Energy and Commerce Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., used a hearing on the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program to outline a list of...

FCC chews on smorgasbord of broadband plans

August 18, 2009 Will the nation that introduced Americans to Abba, Ingrid Bergman, Bjorn Borg, Ikea, Saab and Volvo serve as the model for U.S. technology policy over the next century? Federal regulators are casting a wide net in an effort to craft a national broadband plan that includes a serious look at...

Google's Cerf urges wider Internet access

August 13, 2009 In the world according to Vint Cerf, Google's "chief evangelist" and one of the Internet's pioneers, broadband will be treated like a utility, with new infrastructure providing maximum benefit to the public and entrepreneurs seeking to harness it. "It's not only broadband -- it's broadband access. ...That's important," Cerf said...

Tech sector plans fight over tax deferral

August 11, 2009 High-tech industry giants such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle will intensify their opposition this fall to an Obama administration proposal aimed at limiting what critics insist are offshore tax breaks. This showdown over the tax deferral on corporate revenue derived from overseas operations is a major lobbying battle that...

Net neutrality bill returns without Boucher

August 3, 2009 House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., is conspicuously absent from the list of co-sponsors of new legislation designed to ensure that major telecommunications and cable providers never block or degrade content traversing their high-speed Internet networks. The measure was introduced by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., a...

Reps say broadband stimulus rules complex, murky, rigid

July 9, 2009 As the dust settles on guidelines the Obama administration released for the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program, lawmakers are beginning to raise concerns that the hurried effort has led to rigid requirements, inconsistencies and murky definitions. House Agriculture Rural Development Subcommittee ranking member Mike Conaway, R-Texas, complained at a hearing...

Many strings attached to broadband funds

July 2, 2009 The Obama administration has attached stringent and enforceable conditions to $4 billion in incentives for companies, nonprofit groups and other institutions to promote increased deployment of high-speed Internet service, particularly in rural areas. The funding, announced Wednesday, is the first wave of money to be doled out through the $7.2...