Broadband “nutrition” labels: A healthy start, nutritionists needed

Yesterday the FCC’s rule requiring internet service providers to provide broadband “nutrition” labels went into effect. Based on the idea and appearance of food nutrition labels the FCC’s labels are meant to provide consumers with the basic information about internet service offerings in their area. Information includes pricing, available download and upload speeds, latency, data caps, and …

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Raising the Standard: The Broadband Speed Debate

Next Tuesday (March 12, 2024) I have the honor of moderating an esteemed panel, ‘Raising the Standard: The Broadband Speed Debate’, at Connected America (CA) in Dallas, Texas. Our topic is the evergreen issue of the broadband speed standard. In an unexpected, but welcomed coincidence, the FCC recently released its draft Section 706 Report – its statutorily required inquiry …

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ACP: The true cost of winding down 

In separate conversations with the leaders of two internet service provider (ISP)–one, large, publicly traded and the other a small, regional coop–both mentioned, without prompting, that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)-directed wind down of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is at the top of their things-that-keep-me-up-at-night list. The FCC just issued wind down instructions and …

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The State Broadband Leader: Avoiding Burnout and Creating a Recognized Professional 

Recently I was catching up with a former state broadband leader I had the pleasure of working with while leading stakeholder outreach for the US Treasury’s Capital Projects Fund. This individual had just left state government for the private sector, and I was curious what her motivations were to leave. Unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared for …

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