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Groups urge Obama to adopt national broadband strategy

December 2, 2008 A coalition of 56 telecom companies, educators, industry associations, labor groups and watchdogs urged President-elect Barack Obama Tuesday to develop and implement a national strategy to spur deployment of high-speed Internet access. Underscoring the adage that politics makes strange bedfellows, AT&T, Cisco, Free Press, Google, New America Foundation, National Cable...

Key tech players aid Obama transition behind the scenes

December 1, 2008 President-elect Obama's review of likely changes at the FCC has been delegated publicly to two respected professors, but there are plenty of communications executives working behind the scenes to influence decisions about the agency and the incoming administration's approach to tech policy. Several hold official titles with the transition, but...

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Lobbyist's work for Obama transition raises concerns over ethics guidelines

November 20, 2008 A communications industry lobbyist who has represented some of the nation's most powerful cable, Internet and telecommunications firms is drawing scrutiny for his role on President-elect Obama's transition team. James Halpert, an attorney and registered lobbyist with DLA Piper, is advising on matters involving the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...

Tech firms back two Senate Commerce Republicans

November 3, 2008 With the seats of Republican Sens. John Sununu of New Hampshire and Gordon Smith of Oregon on the line Tuesday, media and technology heavyweights such as Google, Cisco and Time Warner Inc. are opening their wallets in an effort to keep these members of the powerful Senate Commerce Committee in...

Tech czar might rule policy under Obama

September 10, 2008 An administration run by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., would likely create a national technology czar with broad authority to develop policy, elevating high-tech issues to the cabinet level in a major recalibration of the government's approach to regulating the communications sector. Comment on this article in The Forum.The move would...

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FCC picks posh beachfront communities for digital TV test

August 8, 2008 WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. -- When the Federal Communications Commission chose Wilmington and a five-county slice of North Carolina near the Cape Fear coast as its test market for the nation's upcoming switch to digital television, it selected a region that is among the state's wealthiest. The test, set for Sept....

Prospect of delayed spectrum auction riles key lawmaker

July 17, 2008 Just two months ago, the FCC's re-auction of a critical band of spectrum that could remedy many of the communications woes plaguing the nation's first responders was a top priority, with Chairman Kevin Martin emphasizing that he wanted the bidding held this year. But plans for the so-called D-block spectrum...

Mobile service providers unhappy with FCC auction plan

July 7, 2008 AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and other mobile service providers are crying foul over the FCC's plan for an upcoming spectrum auction, arguing it would interfere with their operations in adjacent airwaves and impose conditions that largely benefit one bidder. Comment on this article in The Forum.The dust-up involves a proposal...

Key lawmakers dial up the action on enhanced 911 bill

June 4, 2008 Legislation designed to pave the way for wider use of enhanced 911 technology, which would enable emergency dispatchers to identify the address, name and phone number of callers who use Internet-based phone service, is being readied in both chambers, according to government and industry sources. Comment on this article in...

Deal on rival e911 bills hinges on access to databases

May 16, 2008 House and Senate negotiators are fine-tuning legislation that would make it easier for Internet-based telecom providers to offer "enhanced" 911 emergency service, but a dispute over customer databases could put the effort on hold. Comment on this article in The Forum.The so-called E911 service, which would enable emergency calls to...