January 18, 2013
Inside The Beltway...
Broadband Adoption Confab Set For Feb. 7
An all-day summit Feb. 7 at FCC headquarters aims to harness best practices learned from broadband adoption programs and academic studies/surveys. The goal: Close the broadband adoption gap among Americans – particularly low-income households, racial and ethnic minorities, seniors, rural residents, residents of tribal lands and people with disabilities. The summit, presented by the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), will include a best-practices panel featuring Dave Davidson, senior vice president and general manager/Ohio at Frontier Communications; Bret Perkins, vice president/External and Government Affairs at Comcast; Elaine Divelbliss, director and senior counsel at Sprint Nextel Corporation/Virgin Mobile; and Dale Merten, COO at ToledoTel. Larry Strickling, assistant secretary/Communications and Information and NTIA administrator, will keynote.
FCC Ramps Incentive-Auction Site
Any incentive-auction stakeholder looking for a one-stop information resource regarding the 2014 spectrum sale can go to the FCC’s enhanced Learn Everything About Reverse-Auctions Now (LEARN) Web site with enhanced online resources at www.fcc.gov/learnprogram. The site now features an in-depth, 11-page summary of the incentive-auction process, prepared by the Incentive Auction Task Force staff and highlighting key issues of the auction’s notice of proposed rulemaking.