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FCC Report Reveals Broadband Growth and Development

February 15, 2013

The FCC today released their annual “Measuring Broadband America” report which tests consumer broadband performance in the U.S.  The report’s findings underscore that the U.S. enjoys a healthy, growing, and competitive broadband marketplace. The good news from a cable perspective is that providers are delivering speeds that consistently meet or exceed advertised numbers.  That isn’t…

FCC Summit on Closing the Digital Divide

February 8, 2013

The FCC held a summit yesterday on broadband adoption, lessons learned over the past few years and best practices that can continue helping to close the digital divide among communities that remain unconnected.  In his keynote remarks, Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Communications and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce noted the…

Let’s Avoid Wrong Turns on Universal Service

January 18, 2013

NCTA has been a strong supporter of the major universal service reforms adopted by the FCC in November 2011.  Reforming the universal service regime was an incredibly complex and difficult challenge and the Commission deserves great credit for establishing a long-term path to a modern program that supports broadband only where necessary and that relies…

Professor Steven Wildman Named FCC Chief Economist

January 4, 2013

Professor Steven Wildman, Michigan State University Professor of Information Studies, has been named as the FCC’s newest Chief Economist. In December Wildman spoke at NCTA Connects, a new event series at NCTA which hosts national thought leaders discussing issues that are impacting the media and communications industries. Below is a clip from Wildman’s presentation on usage based pricing:…

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Commercials quieted by CALM

December 13, 2012

There is much talk today about a new law called the CALM Act – or the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act. There are a few media stories about it, including the Los Angeles Times, NPR and CNN, and a press rerelease from Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA).  Below are a few answers to questions you may have…

Michael Powell on CNBC's Squawk Box

November 20, 2012

This morning, NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell was on CNBC’s Squawk Box to talk about the fiscal cliff, investments by the communications industry and the regulatory environment after the election.

Progress on Basic Tier Encryption

July 25, 2012

In previous posts, we’ve highlighted why the FCC should change its rules and enable cable operators to encrypt the basic service tier (BST) — the tier that includes local broadcast stations and a few other channels. It’s worth remembering how we got here.  When the FCC acted two decades ago to create the current rule…