Federal Legislation

According to The New York Times, when you call 911 on a cell phone, "... it could take another 20 to 25 seconds for the dispatcher to receive a second batch of data with the specific location... And there is always a bit of ?fuzziness? associated with your exact location."
A Justice Department antitrust official told a conference that the U.S. "... often finds compelling evidence ? including internal company documents ? establishing that pre- merger competition between the merging firms was an important driver of innovation."
Benton Foundation's Ted Gotsch writes this week about another principle to guide the transition to IP: Robustness and Resiliency.
Following the D.C. Court of Appeals Decision, CWA urges joint effort to establish a framework to protect Open Internet and promote broadband expansion.
In transitioning to IP service, says Ted Gotsch, the FCC should craft rules which "will be instrumental in closing the digital divide."
FCC Chair Tom Wheeler and the commission ?were surprised last month by the flood of phone calls and emails expressing anger at the possibility that cellphone conversations would be allowed on flights.?
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson conceded to some limits in the federal spectrum auction, and members and witnesses at a Senate hearing saw a possible end to the impasse over limits.
The House bipartisan Federal Spectrum Incentive Act would create ?a new path for government spectrum users to relinquish spectrum and receive a portion of net auction revenues... ?
The FCC added $255 million to its Connect America Fund ?to provide new broadband access to over 400,000 homes and businesses in rural areas of 41 states.?
The Center for Digital Government has awarded those cities and towns which have innovatively used technology to ?expand access to government services, promote citizen engagement, increase transparency, reduce costs and improve the lives of residents.?