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NTIA Releases Report Furthering President’s Commitment to Identifying Spectrum for Commercial Wireless Broadband

June 18, 2015 Comments off

NTIA Releases Report Furthering President’s Commitment to Identifying Spectrum for Commercial Wireless Broadband
Source: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

NTIA Technical Report TR-15-517: 3.5 GHz Exclusion Zone Analyses and Methodology presents the assumptions, methods, analyses, and system characteristics used to generate the maps of the revised exclusion zones that NTIA submitted to the FCC in March. The report provides a description of the technical and deployment parameters of Citizens Broadband Radio Service Device access points and user equipment, technical characteristics of federal radar systems, and the analysis methodology used to compute the distances that established the revised exclusion zones. In particular, the report provides detailed descriptions of the propagation and clutter loss models used to predict transmission loss in a variety of scenarios and the computational methods used to predict aggregate interference power.

Broadband Infrastructure Case Studies Released – How Broadband Changes the Game

April 14, 2015 Comments off

Broadband Infrastructure Case Studies Released – How Broadband Changes the Game
Source: National Telecommunications & Information Administration

Over the past five years through our national broadband grant program, NTIA has seen first-hand the economic and societal impact that broadband has on communities across the country. At the Broadband Communities conference in Austin, Texas this week, NTIA’s BroadbandUSA team will share our plans to leverage that expertise by providing communities with technical assistance and field-tested ideas. I will be speaking along with my NTIA colleagues Doug Kinkoph and Anne Neville.

An important component of our on-going work with communities is to build on the lessons learned from an independent evaluation of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to make sound decisions going forward. In 2010 NTIA hired ASR Analytics, LLC to conduct a comprehensive study on the societal and economic impacts of the program. In advance of the Broadband Communities conference, NTIA is today releasing the final case studies from the evaluation. The principal author of the study, Dr. Stephen Rhody, will present and discuss the findings.

The reports released today are the final ASR case studies focusing on 12 of the 109 Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI) projects NTIA funded through BTOP to build middle-mile networks in 45 states and U.S. territories. These grantees deployed more than 113,000 miles of fiber across the country. In the process, they connected or upgraded 25,300 community anchor institutions and signed more than 860 interconnection agreements with local service providers.

Earlier, NTIA released ASR’s overall impact study, which found that on average, in only two years, BTOP grant communities experienced an estimated two percent greater growth in broadband availability than non-grant communities. That growth is estimated to generate increased annual economic activity of between $5.17 billion and $21 billion. The additional broadband infrastructure could also be expected to create more than 22,000 long-term jobs and generate more than $1 billion in additional household income each year. And community anchor institutions, like schools and libraries, served by BTOP infrastructure grantees in the sample experienced significantly increased speeds and lower costs.

While these numbers are impressive, the value of the projects is yet to be fully realized. Their impact will be seen in how education, health care and economic development are changing on the ground in the communities served by the grants. Students have faster, lower cost connections to broadband for online learning. Businesses are expanding their operations and markets. Medical specialists treat more people in less time, remotely.

The case studies reflect a representative sample of CCI projects, taking into account the wide diversity of grantee types, technologies, partnerships, project sizes, geography, and target customers. Project selection also considered construction schedules, so that projects could demonstrate results within the study’s time frame. To prepare the cases, ASR conducted more than a hundred interviews with grantees, partners, and network users, logging thousands of miles to visit the connected communities.

Research Study Shows NTIA Broadband Grants Provided Billions in Economic Benefits

January 20, 2015 Comments off

Research Study Shows NTIA Broadband Grants Provided Billions in Economic Benefits
Source: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a new independent research study today showing that its broadband grants program resulted in billions of dollars in economic benefits to the communities served, including increased economic output and higher levels of employment.

The four-year study, prepared by the research firm ASR Analytics, examined the social and economic impacts of the $4 billion in Recovery Act grants awarded by NTIA to expand broadband access and adoption across the country through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). In communities where grantees built new broadband infrastructure, broadband availability grew by an estimated 2 percent more than in communities not served by a broadband grantee. That growth could be expected to translate into increased economic output of as much as $21 billion annually, the report concluded.

Digital Nation Report Shows Rapid Adoption of Mobile Internet Use

October 17, 2014 Comments off

Digital Nation Report Shows Rapid Adoption of Mobile Internet Use
Source: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

A report released today by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) found that Americans are rapidly embracing mobile Internet devices such as smart phones and tablet computers for a wide range of activities beyond just voice communications, such as checking email and using social networks.

NTIA’s “Exploring the Digital Nation: Embracing the Mobile Internet,” which is based on a U.S. Census Bureau survey in October 2012 of more than 53,000 households, found that Americans were increasingly using their mobile devices to engage in applications that they might have previously done on a desktop or laptop computer or not at all. Between July 2011 and October 2012, the report found big increases in mobile phone users 25 and older who used their devices to download mobile applications (22 percent to 32 percent), browse the Web (33 percent to 42 percent), check their email (33 percent to 43 percent), and use social networks (22 percent to 30 percent).

Public Comments on Big Data and Consumer Privacy in the Internet Economy

August 13, 2014 Comments off

Public Comments on Big Data and Consumer Privacy in the Internet Economy
Source: National Telecommunications & Information Administrataion

See Federal Register Notice: Request for Comments.

Comments (PDFs) from:

Alessandro Acquisti
American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Watchdog, Common Sense Media, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Anonos
Application Developers Alliance
ARM Holdings
ARTICLE 29 Data Protection Working Party
Solon Barocas, Edward W. Felten, Joanna N. Huey, Joshua A. Kroll, and Arvind Narayanan
Center for Data Innovation
Center for Democracy & Technology
Center for Digital Democracy
Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown University Law Center
Center for Urban Science + Progress
Common Sense Media
Computer & Communications Industry Association
Consumer Bankers Association, American Bankers Association
CTIA—The Wireless Association
Direct Marketing Association
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Electronic Transactions Association
Chris Hoofnagle
Future of Privacy Forum
IMS Health
The Information Accountability Foundation
Information Technology Industry Council
Interactive Advertising Bureau
The Internet Association
Internet Commerce Coalition
Knowledge Ecology International
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Civil Liberties Union
Microsoft Corporation
Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Online Trust Alliance
James Overby
Public Knowledge, Benton Foundation, Center for Digital Democracy, Common Cause, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Watchdog, Free Press, New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, U.S. PIRG, World Privacy Forum
Reed Elsevier Inc.
Jessica Rich, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
Charles B. Solin
Software & Information Industry Association
TechFreedom, International Center for Law and Economics
Technology Policy Institute
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Public Policy Council of the Association for Computing Machinery
World Privacy Forum

NTIA Releases Interim Progress Report on Administration’s Plan to Free Up More Spectrum

June 6, 2014 Comments off

NTIA Releases Interim Progress Report on Administration’s Plan to Free Up More Spectrum
Source: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

NTIA today released the Fourth Interim Progress Report on the Obama Administration’s initiative to identify and make available 500 megahertz of federal and non-federal spectrum for commercial wireless broadband use by 2020. This report also includes a plan for federal agencies to conduct quantitative assessments of their actual spectrum usage in 960 megahertz of additional spectrum, as directed in President Obama’s June 2013 Memorandum.

NTIA Seeks Comment on Big Data and the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

June 4, 2014 Comments off

NTIA Seeks Comment on Big Data and the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights
Source: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking public comment on how developments related to “big data” impact the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

Today, NTIA issued a Request for Comments on how issues raised by big data impact the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, the Obama Administration’s framework for privacy protections released in February 2012. Today’s action was called for in the White House’s big data and privacy working group report on how big data is transforming the way we live and work. Counselor to the President John Podesta convened senior government officials, including U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, to conduct the wide-ranging review of big data and privacy, and the group presented its findings to President Obama on May 1.

“As recommended in the big data and privacy working group report, the Commerce Department is taking the lead in examining big data issues and their impact on the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and our economy,” Secretary Pritzker said. “The Obama administration takes personal privacy very seriously, and we must ensure the necessary privacy protections along with big data developments. Today’s request for comments is part of our continuing dialogue among government, business, consumers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders about maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks of big data.”

“As the White House’s big data report notes, there are many potential societal benefits from the use of big data,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling. “We are now asking the public to help us assess how big data might impact the protections called for in the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.”

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