In a high-profile presentation with few policy surprises, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski confirmed his support for Network Neutrality rules that would prevent Internet service providers from favoring certain Web content, presumably because of financial considerations. Genachowski added a major ingredient to the plan: inclusion of wireless carriers, which previously had not been under the same scrutiny as wireline providers.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) last week announced that it has now certified 150 converter boxes, as part of its TV Converter Box Coupon Program. The agency, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, said that more than 6 million boxes have been purchased so far as part of the government’s program. “The fact that more than 150 converters have been certified within 16 months indicates a truly remarkable partnership with so many electronics manufacturers, who have voluntarily met the standards of the converter box program,” Meredith Baker, the acting Assistant Secretary and NTIA administrator, said as part of the announcement. “On
A trio of new videos, taken at the recent CEA Washington Forum, have been posted at Dealerscope.com. The videos, featuring CEA president/CEO Gary Shapiro, NTIA acting administrator Meredith Baker and NTIA consumer education director Tony Wilhelm, can all be viewed here. What do you think about these videos? Talk about it in the Dealerscope forums.
A U.S. Senate committee this week heard testimony on the digital-TV transition from a pair of government officials, in which the officials defended the progress of their DTV education efforts from tough questioning by senators. According to the account in The Wall Street Journal, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and acting NTIA head Meredith Baker appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday, where they told the senators that education efforts on “underway,” and that government agencies are coordinating to ensure a smooth transition. Some Senators, however, led by Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Bryon Dorgan (D-N.D.) expressed concern that the agencies