Posted by Eric Schmidt, CEO
Power. Clean water. The Interstate highway system. It’s easy to forget that the advantages of modern American life result from basic infrastructure investments made by earlier generations.
Tomorrow the FCC will release a national broadband strategy. The plan will set goals for expanding broadband to unserved and under-served areas, promote greater speeds, and drive consumer demand. It will harness this communications technology to urgent national priorities, such as jobs, education, health, energy, and security. In short, the plan will lay the groundwork for investing in America’s future.
Yes, the Internet was invented in the United States. Yes, we once led the world in broadband development. But now, networks in many countries, from Western Europe to East Asia, are faster and more advanced than our own. Long after we recover from this recession, this broadband gap will be a dead weight on American businesses and workers, unless we act now. Continue reading
Group Asks FCC to Launch RuleMaking Applicable To Cable, Satellites, Telcos
By John Eggerton — Multichannel News
The Minority Media & Telecommunications Council wants the FCC to extend its broadcast advertising nondiscrimination rule to cable, satellite and telcos as well.
In a filing Monday, the group asked the FCC to launch a rulemaking to “ensure an equal footing for a services in the fight against advertising discrimination.”
In its March 5, 2009, order adopting a dozen initiatives to boost minority media, the FCC required broadcasters to certify their ad contracts do not discriminate on the basis of race or gender. Minority media had long complained of so-called “no urban” and “no Spanish” dictates in ad contracts that effectively excluded a large swath of minority-targeted media. Continue reading
The Federal Communications Commission at yesterday’s monthly meeting took what is being called an historic step to address the discriminatory advertising practice that exclude black-oriented and Hispanic-oriented radio stations from receiving a fair share of advertising revenues. Continue reading