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Latino Broadband Demand and the Digital Divide

In HTTP’s most recent blog, we wrote about the need to ensure that policy-makers support broadband deployment as part of a larger economic stimulus and recovery package. We noted that incentives for corporate investment in broadband deployment would be an indispensable part of any effective...

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Broadband is Essential to Economic Recovery

An article in Wall Street Journal, “Internet Providers Move to Shape Broadband Push”, describes what provisions telcos and cable companies are seeking as bill-drafters develop the broadband portion of the U.S. economic stimulus package.  

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FCC Should Investigate Arbitron’s Portable People Meter

HTTP thanks FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein for his leadership in requesting that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin investigate whether Arbitron’s Portable People Meter (PPM) ratings undermine media diversity and the viability of minority owned media outlets. According to the Commissioner’s November 18 letter, the FCC has...

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A Hispanic Perspective on White Spaces

Today, HTTP asked the Federal Communications Commission postpone its November 4 vote to authorize the use of white space spectrum by unlicensed devices. Some advocates have come out in support of immediate adoption of the white spaces proposal because they believe that the use of...

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Focus on Internet Advertising Presents Opportunity for Consumers

A poll released last week by Consumer Reports indicates that while 72% Americans are concerned with Internet privacy, 48% “incorrectly believe that their consent is required for companies to use the personal information they collect from their online activities.” We wonder how a similar survey,...

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HTTP Supports Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

For nearly a decade, the Internet Tax Moratorium has prevented state and local governments from imposing taxes on Internet access services.  As this policy is due to expire this November, we support its extension through the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, S.156/H.R.743.  As this legislation...

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FCC Seeks Public Comment on Digital TV Consumer Education

On July 30, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which seeks comment on potential DTV consumer education initiatives. Comments are due by September 17, 2007. The FCC seeks comment on requiring broadcasters, multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), retailers and...

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