• On August 15, 2011, President Obama highlighted broadband deployment to rural America during a town hall in Cannon Falls, MN. He stated that he wants 98% coverage across the country for both fixed and mobile broadband, and emphasized that broadband can get a business selling across the country and the world. His remarks are available here.
  • On August 13, 2011, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., criticized the FCC’s Open Internet rules during his weekly radio address, calling them burdensome job killers. Senator Toomey also criticized President Obama for increasing the number of regulations generally, using the FCC’s Open Internet Order as an example. To view the address, click here.
  • On August 18, 2011, the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies released a study authored by its Chief Economist, George Ford, finding that “Americans who use the Internet are more likely to continue active job searches and less likely to drop out of the labor force than those that do not use the Internet.” The study updates two earlier studies from 2010, and found that even dial-up Internet users are less likely to drop out of the labor force. More information may be found here.
  • Comments on the FCC Notice of Inquiry (NOI) for next year’s “section 706” report are due September 6, 2011, and Reply Comments are due October 4, 2011. To view the NOI, click here.