• On October 25, 2011, the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, a United Nations agency, announced that it had agreed to “a set of four ‘ambitious but achievable’ new targets that countries around the world should strive to meet in order to ensure their populations fully participate in tomorrow’s emerging knowledge societies.” The four targets include increasing access to broadband globally and for every country to have a broadband plan. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency governing information and communication technologies, will measure each country’s progress toward the targets, and will produce an annual broadband report with rankings of nations in terms of broadband policy, affordability, and adoption. More information is available here.
  • On October 26, 2011, several entities filed motions to intervene at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the appeal of the FCC’s Open Internet rules. CTIA seeks intervention “to support respondents Federal Communications Commission and the United States of America against claims that the FCC should have imposed more onerous regulatory obligations in the order under review.” The National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) also filed to support the FCC, stating “[t]he ratepayers represented by NASUCA’s members benefit from the rules….” The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) also seeks intervention for reasons similar to NASUCA’s.