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The Era of Commerce and Content Calls for a Communications Act Reboot

In 1996, people pronounced the word “content” with emphasis on the first syllable.  When the word showed up anywhere close to the word “telephone” it was usually in the context of whether you were content with the serv...
by Alton Drew
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Coveting Thy Neighbor’s International Broadband Prices is a Sin

Is the comparison of broadband prices offered in the United States to those  offered in the United Kingdom, Asia, and Europe the basis for determining the best policy for broadband adoption?  A recent report released by The N...
by Alton Drew
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Unfortunately it’s not about broadband adoption

Unfortunately for Congress, the FCC, and the States, it’s not about broadband adoption This is what I should have heard in last Wednesday’s House sub-committee hearing on the evolution of wired technology: “The Congress, ...
by Alton Drew
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I Thought the FCC Liked it by the Numbers

I admit, while I respected their passion for consumers and telecommunications, I didn’t agree much with former Federal Communications Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Jonathan Adelstein.  They had no problem keeping th...
by Alton Drew
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FCC’s Future Uncertain; Lackluster Broadband Definitions to Blame

Listening to Monday’s net neutrality arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals-District of Columbia left me with the impression that the Federal Communications Commission does not have a clue as to how to distinguish between the...
by Alton Drew
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Progressive Ideals Out of Touch with Needs of Minority Communities?

If progressives ever had as a goal the expansion of broadband to minorities, that goal must have fallen off the agenda.  Just as the Republican Party seems hell bent on impeaching the current President, advocates for net neutr...
by Alton Drew
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The Direct Way to Capital is Around the Way

Black-owned firms are still feeling the credit crunch post Great Recession as banks, still burned by the failed sub-prime market have made lending requirements harder for businesses and individuals.  Larger banks are feeling t...
by Alton Drew
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Obama Administration Touts Its Contributions to Broadband Deployment

Proclaiming the last four years as a period of tremendous growth in broadband deployment, President Obama released last Friday a report that showcases the Administration’s contribution to broadband deployment and discusses op...
by Alton Drew
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Don’t Worry About the Apocalypse. There’s an App For That.

In the movie, 2012, Woody Harrelson’s character, Charlie Frost, shares with Jackson Curtis, played by John Cusack, his suspicions about the impending end for the world and that world governments, rather than warn citizens, we...
by Alton Drew
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Minority Community Voices Don’t Suffer Because of Rupert Murdoch

The Federal Communications Commission along with opponents of multi-media conglomerates have been raising alarms about how cross-ownership of various media platforms such as newspapers, radio stations, and television stations p...
by Alton Drew
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Net Neutrality Still Fails to Promote Minority Commerce

With MetroPCS announcing last week that it will not continue its appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, it means that Verizon ( NYSE: VZ) is the lone broadband provider left to challenge the F...
by Alton Drew
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Getting Ahead of Obama’s National Export Initiative

President Barack Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) hit a milestone on 15 May 2013 as a delegation of business officials and Commerce Department officials traveled to Brazil, Colombia, and Panama during the one year ann...
by Alton Drew
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Will Aereo Expand the Potential of Spectrum? Atlanta Will Find Out

Last Tuesday, Aereo founder and chief executive officer  Chaitanya “Chet” Kanojia told Bloomberg West host Emily Chang that Aereo is the beginning of broadcast television being available everywhere and that Aereo’s techn...
by Alton Drew
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Obama Administration, FCC Can Move Country Forward With Right Spectrum Policies

Expanding high-speed broadband adoption is now a universally accepted national policy goal. It’s hard to believe, therefore, that certain parties seek to impose regulations on the FCC’s upcoming spectrum auction that would ...
by Alton Drew
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America Has an Adequate Supply of STEM Workers, We Just Won’t Hire Them

Even with the educational gap between minority and white students, it is not clear that this gap has led to an insufficient supply of workers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.  This is one o...
by Alton Drew
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