• FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently responded to a letter from House Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Subcommittee Vice Chairman Lee Terry, R-Neb., asking him, among other things, to explain the FCC’s market analysis in the Open Internet Order. Chairman Genachowski responded by pointing to Paragraphs 11-42 of the order and stating that this market analysis led to “light-touch rules.” Chairman Genachowski also noted that the market analysis revealed that most consumers have only one broadband option. Chairman Genachowski’s reply outlined other ways in which the Open Internet Order was designed to minimize the burden on companies while contributing to economic growth.
  • On March 16, 2011, Chairman Genachowski spoke at the Mobile Future Forum in Washington DC about the National Broadband Plan with a speech titled “The Clock is Ticking”. Citing the importance of broadband, the Chairman highlighted several items as the “top of the FCC’s 2011 agenda”, including Universal Service Fund reform, removing regulatory barriers to deploying broadband, and unleashing spectrum and mobile broadband. He also spoke of the mobile broadband market, citing the new “app economy” that didn’t exist in 2008, the growth in location-based services, and other signs that “mobile broadband is being adopted faster than any computing platform in history.” He also defended the FCC’s spectrum policies and refuted assertions that there is no spectrum shortage. The text of the speech can be found here.
  • On March 15, 2011 the House Energy and Commerce Committee adopted H.J. Res. 37, the Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the Open Internet Order (available here). The vote was 30 to 23 on partisan lines. This vote follows the House Communications Subcommittee 15-8 vote last week. The Resolution now goes to the full House for a vote possibly in April, but faces a likely veto by the President.
  • The submission deadline for the FCC Open Internet Challenge is June 1, 2011. The FCC seeks ideas for monitoring Internet providers’ compliance with the Open Internet rules. The winner will get a trip to Washington, DC and will be honored at an FCC Chairman’s reception. More information can be found here.