• This week it was reported that numerous Internet and telecommunications companies met to discuss Open Internet issues at the offices of the Information Technology Industry Council, but without the involvement of FCC officials. The industry discussion comes in the wake of the FCC’s discontinuance of stakeholder meetings two weeks ago and the Google-Verizon proposal issued last week. Google is not involved in these discussions, but Cisco, Microsoft, AT&T, and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association are reported to be involved. Read more here.
  • On August 13, 2010, the FCC released a paper entitled “Broadband Performance: Omnibus Broadband Initiative Technical Paper No. 4,” which described why and how the target of 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream was included in the National Broadband Plan. The paper also finds that the 4 Mbps downstream target will satisfy 80 percent of existing Internet usage. It is available here.