Community Broadband

Washington DC Broadband Bridge Regains Momentum

February 23, 2011

The Broadband Bridge is a community-based partnership seeking to bridge the digital divide in Washington DC’s Bloomingdale and Eckington neighborhoods. The Bridge is finding its way through the wilderness of reconciling the need for a community-based process with the corporate interests of some project partners.

Testimony to DC OCTO: Support Community Wireless to Drive Broadband Adoption

February 1, 2011

Yesterday I attended the Public Oversight Roundtable for the Washington, DC Committee on Government Operations and The Environment (public notice here). DC Councilmember Mary Cheh, who is responsible for the public oversight of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), chaired the roundtable.

Fiber Cons

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Robert Kenny, Communications Chambers
February 1, 2011 |

In last week's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama highlighted government programs "rebuilding for the 21st century." Among the investments in vital public infrastructure he mentioned -- roads, bridges, rail -- he promised "high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans." The president was referring to mobile broadband Internet and similar services advertised as "3G" or "4G" -- low-cost ways to help make basic broadband near universally availabl

Two Perspectives on the National Broadband Plan

Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:00am

Blair Levin and Craig Settles took their public debate over the National Broadband Plan live in a discussion hosted by the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative and GigaOM on Monday, February 7, 2011. Moderated by Amy Schatz of the Wall Street Journal and Stacey Higginbotham from GigaOM, the discussion built on a series of columns published in December on

Native Public Media Partners with the New America Foundation

January 13, 2011

Native Public Media and the New America Foundation today announced a new partnership to strengthen and expand Native American media capacity, and to raise the visibility of those efforts inside the Beltway.

Native Public Media -- an Arizona-based organization founded, staffed by and serving the Native American community -- will work with New America’s Open Technology Initiative on a wide range of media issues, including better broadband access on tribal lands and continued support for Native public radio.  It will remain an independent 501c3 organization.

Hannah Sassaman Joins Open Technology Initiative to Help Build Multimillion Dollar Broadband Plan for Philadelphia Communities

January 11, 2011

The New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative is very pleased to announce that Hannah Sassaman, a longtime leader in community media organizing, has joined the organization as a senior field analyst.  Previously, as campaign director for the Prometheus Radio Project, Sassaman helped coordinate the successful campaign to pass the Local Community Radio Act signed into law by President Obama in January 2011.  Through this work, Sassaman has created an opportunity for thousands of new low power FM radio stations to be founded in cities and counties across th

Full Spectrum Community Media

  • By
  • Joshua Breitbart,
  • Tom Glaisyer,
  • Bincy Ninan-Moses,
  • James Losey,
  • New America Foundation
February 9, 2011

This paper, developed by the Open Technology Initiative of the New America Foundation at the request of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM), offers a policy framework that responds to the situation ACM finds itself thrust into and recommends actions to secure the future of community media.

Letter Regarding Comcast Corporation and Level 3 Communications Dispute

  • and Tyrone Brown, Media Access Project; Derek Turner, Free Press
December 8, 2010


Telecom's Future: Lessons from the Ghost of Policy Past

December 9, 2010
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At a Nov. 30 event at Columbia University, “Big Media: Pro and Con,” Journalism School Dean Nicholas Lemann analogized media policy to a football field: Just as the size and shape of the field dictates the way the game is played, so too does media policy dictate the development of American telecommunications. And on the heels of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s announcement last week of a new net neutrality proposal, we see more clearly than ever that government legislation and regulation are crucial to this field. In that vein, Columbia Journalism School Prof. Richard R. John’s book Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications, published in May, makes the case that policy intervention has been commonplace throughout American history with a sweeping survey of the history of electrical communications from the early Republic to the modern day.

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