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Archive: January 2009

DTV Transition Still In Limbo

Here we go again. The House will have another chance to pass a bill to delay the television transition next week. Yes, the same bill the House defeated Wednesday. Here's why: On Monday, the Senate first passed a bill to postpone the switch from Feb. 17 to June 12. But...

By Kim Hart | January 30, 2009; 5:30 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Obama Assures Tech Titans on Stimulus Plan Approval

As President Obama works to get a stimulus plan approved by Congress this week, he offered encouraging words to a gathering in agreement on his push: Corporate America. "I'm confident we're going to get it passed," Obama said in the meeting in which Google CEO Eric Schmidt and IBM Chairman...

By Cecilia Kang | January 28, 2009; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Interim FCC Chief Takes Over 'Demoralized' Agency

Michael J. Copps has taken over the Federal Communications Commission, and according to many sources within the agency, he's got his work cut out for him as acting chairman as he tries to repair the spirit of the agency. Copps was appointed acting chairman of the agency last week by...

By Cecilia Kang | January 26, 2009; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Obama Reiterates Call to Delay DTV Transition

President-elect Barack Obama's transition team sent a second letter to Capitol Hill today to re-enforce the push to postpone the Feb. 17 date of the nation's digital transition. Last week, top aid John Podesta asked lawmakers to consider a delay to allow time to fix the backlogged converter box coupon...

By Kim Hart | January 16, 2009; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (13) | TrackBack (1)

FCC Chair Headed to Aspen Institute

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin, a rising star of the Bush administration who angered many in his own party with a push to reform cable pricing, said today he will leave the agency upon the handover of the new administration. The Bush appointee said in a statement that...

By Cecilia Kang | January 15, 2009; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

House Stimulus Plan to Include Funds For Broadband

The House Committee on Appropriations today released details of an economic stimulus package that would include $6 billion in grants to bring high-speed Internet lines to rural and other underserved areas. The committee, headed by Rep. Dave Obey (D-Wi), also called for $650 million for the National Telecommunications and Information...

By Cecilia Kang | January 15, 2009; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Markey Gets Energy Subcommittee Chair

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass), a veteran lawmaker who has fought against nuclear power and advocated for higher fuel-efficiency standards in automobiles, will take over the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, according to a report today in the Boston Globe. Markey, who currently heads the House...

By Cecilia Kang | January 8, 2009; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

DTV Coupon Program Out of Money

If you haven't ordered a coupon for a converter box to prepare for next month's switch to digital television, you may have trouble getting one before the Feb. 17 deadline. Today the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which is running the coupon program, said it is nearing the program's $1.34...

By Kim Hart | January 5, 2009; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (1)

Who Will be Obama's CTO?

Speculation is again running rampant about who the nation's chief technology officer may be, and when the announcement could be made. The New York Times reports today that Obama's transition team will announce the appointment on Wednesday. I wrote a story today about one possible candidate: Vivek Kundra, who is...

By Kim Hart | January 5, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (1)


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