• On September 28, 2011, Free Press appealed the FCC's Open Internet Order in the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. The rules were published in the Federal Register on September 23, 2011. The rules are set to go into effect 60 days after publication, on November 20, 2011. Free Press challenges the Order's distinction between wireline and wireless Internet access services, and seeks to make the rules more stringent. Several other organizations and companies are expected to appeal the rules, including Verizon and MetroPCS whose previous appeals were dismissed as premature. Free Press's statement on its appeal can be found here. The Federal Register publication can be found here.
  • Today Chairman Genachowski and Commissioner Copps will attend an event at Arizona State University from 9:00 to 11:30 am on the recommendations of the recently released staff-level report on the current state of the media landscape. The report, titled "Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age," describes tremendous innovation in the media landscape but also identifies critical gaps, including a shortage of local news reporting. It offers recommendations for government, nonprofit players and entrepreneurs to get involved. Panelists include university professors and members of the media. More information may be found here.
  • On September 27, 2011, Chairman Genachowski spoke at the headquarters of LivingSocial in Washington, D.C. about how broadband is creating jobs across many sectors of the economy. The Chairman was introduced by LivingSocial CEO and Co-Founder, Tim O'Shaughnessy, and Warren Brown, Founder and Owner of CakeLove, a DC bakery that grew to seven stores by relying on broadband. Highlighting the importance of broadband to the U.S. economy, the Chairman identified voluntary spectrum auctions and modernizing the Universal Service Fund as ways to increase capacity and adoption. Chairman Genachowski's speech is available here. The FCC also released a fact sheet on the event.
  • Reply Comments on the FCC Notice of Inquiry (NOI) for next year's "section 706" report are tomorrow, October 4, 2011. To view the NOI, click here.