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Second FCC Net Neutrality hearing announced

FCCThe Federal Communications Commission announced a public En Banc hearing to be held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on Thursday, April 17, 2008. The Commission will hear from expert panelists regarding broadband network management practices and Internet-related issues. The hearing scheduled at Stanford University is the second such hearing on broadband network management practices and Internet-related issues to be held by the FCC and follows a similar hearing held at Harvard Law School last month. Continue reading

FCC Chairman Martin addresses Network Neutrality (audio)

Kevin MartinAn InternetNews article reports on comments concerning net neutrality by FCC chairman Kevin Martin during an address at “Legal Futures” – a Stanford Law School event – last week. Continue reading

FEDERAL BOARD RECOMMENDS BROADBAND FUND

In a proposal designed to increase broadband in rural and high-cost areas, the $7 billion Universal Service Fund would be split into three new pools with $300 million annually dedicated to high-speed networks. The other two pools would be used for wireless services and traditional telephone service. Continue reading

NCTA TO FCC: NO EMAIL MANDATES, PLEASE

The cable’s industry largest trade group is opposed to rules that would require Internet Service Providers to forward email to the new email address of a former customer for a period of six months. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said such rules were unnecessary, expensive, and beyond the regulatory authority of the Federal Communications Commission to impose. Continue reading

A NATIONWIDE, BROADBAND, INTEROPERABLE PUBLIC SAFETY NETWORK

On Monday, the FCC granted the application Public Safety Spectrum Trust Corporation (PSSTC) for the single nationwide license for the public safety 700 MHz broadband spectrum allocation (i.e., the Public Safety Broadband License). The PSSTC says that it is managed and controlled by public safety entities, has no commercial interests, is a non-profit organization, and is broadly representative of the public safety community. Continue reading