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Rest in Peace: Bruce Merrill, Cable Television Pioneer

February 18, 2011

The government’s recent release of a national broadband map intensifies our collective focus on bringing broadband services to all consumers, and improving broadband adoption among those who already have some access. Sixty years ago, however, there was a similar movement under way, to provide access to television to Americans who were then out of its…

The NTIA Broadband Map – Putting a Valuable Exercise in Context

February 17, 2011

One of the challenges that policymakers have faced in trying to bring broadband to every American has been the lack of a national map or database identifying the specific areas that don’t yet have broadband available.  With no definitive data identifying unserved areas, federal agencies have wasted money on subsidies in areas where consumers are…

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Call For Speakers Closes This Friday

February 16, 2011

The Cable Show 2011 Call for Speakers for our Management Sessions will close this Friday, February 18th. We are collecting speaker and subject proposals for the upcoming Cable Show 2011, held in Chicago from June 14-16. Do you have an idea that would make for a great session and just the speaker that can present…

Preview of Tomorrow’s Broadband Oversight Hearing

February 9, 2011

On Thursday, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing on the Recovery Act’s broadband stimulus funding program. The purpose is outlined in this article from the National Journal’s Tech Daily Dose: The Communications and Internet Subcommittee will examine how well the administration did in allocating the $7.2 billion included in the…

Building Momentum for USF Reform

February 7, 2011

Tomorrow, the FCC will at long last begin action to transform the existing inefficient and outdated system of universal service subsidies. The need for fundamental reform of these subsidy mechanisms is beyond dispute. For too long, consumers have borne the increasing burdens of a system that is riddled with inefficiency and waste, that ignores modern-day,…

Cable Getting Ready for Transition to IPv6

February 1, 2011

We’ve already seen media coverage this week with headlines like “Web Running Out of Addresses.” If you’ve read reports like these, you’re aware of the Internet’s transition to a new set of IP addresses which will continue to connect the massive number of new computers, mobile phones and countless other gadgets. This transition is due…