• On September 8, 2011, Chairman Genachowski spoke at the FCC’s “Back to School Forum” which was held at Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Washington D.C. and focused on the opportunities and challenges presented by our youth’s use of technology. Chairman Genachowski touted broadband as a “job creator,” but highlighted concerns particular to high-tech usage by adolescents such as unwanted texts and texting while driving. The forum featured a panel of experts, including a parent of a Columbia Heights student, to discuss these issues. The text of the speech may be found here.
  • Also on September 8, the FCC issued a reminder about its “Apps for Communities” contest, noting that the deadline for submissions has been extended to October 3, 2011. The challenge is a joint initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the FCC aimed toward increasing Internet accessibility for underserved populations. It offers up to $100,000 in prizes to the winning developers. Contest judges include Marc Andreessen, Mayor Cory Booker, Charles Best, and Tom Lee. More information is available here.
  • EXTENSION GRANTED: The FCC has extended the time period for submitting nominations for the Open Internet Advisory to October 1, 2011. For more information, click here.
  • Reply Comments on the FCC Notice of Inquiry (NOI) for next year’s “section 706” report are due October 4, 2011. To view the NOI, click here.