• On October 1, 2010, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn spoke at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference at George Mason University Law School. She emphasized Universal Service reform as a means to increase broadband availability, and expressed support for the National Broadband Plan’s adoption goals. She identified 3G wireless technology as one of the next issues the FCC will address, as well as “wholesale reform” of the Universal Service Fund before the end of the year. Her prepared remarks are available here.
  • The US Department of Energy issued two reports on October 5, 2010, focused on the Smart Grid recommendations in the National Broadband Plan. The first report, titled Data Access and Privacy Issues Related to Smart Grid Technologies, focuses on consumer privacy protections in the context of Smart Grid technology. The report recommends consumer education and an opt-out provision as privacy safeguards. The second report, titled Communications Requirements of Smart Grid Technologies, notes that “the communications needs of utilities and the electrical grid are likely to evolve as Smart Grid technologies become more widely used.” The reports are available here.
  • On October 6, 2010, CTIA President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Largent spoke at the opening of the CTIA Enterprise & Applications show in San Francisco. Largent stated that the National Broadband Plan’s push to release 500 MHz of spectrum was a “very, very good start,” but that he believes even more spectrum will be needed. He also dismissed the need for Open Internet regulation of wireless networks, claiming that wireless networks are different and require unique management.