The National Broadband Map: A Case Study on Open Innovation for National Policy
The National Broadband Map is a powerful consumer protection tool developed by the FCC to provide consumers nationwide reliable information on broadband internet connections. Through consistent public engagement and the use of emerging crowdsourcing technologies and open-source software, the project was able to promote government transparency and trust in government, while finishing on time and avoiding cost overruns. The National Broadband Map is a vital example of the benefits to all when government prioritizes transparency, allows itself to be guided by the public, and directs national policy based on robust and reliable data. Published by the Commons Lab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC September 2012.
To download a copy of the REPORT, click on the Commons Lab Scribed webpage here.
To watch the archived VIDEO on the rollout event, visit the Commons Lab YouTube page.
- Commons Lab and FCC Releases New Report on the National Broadband Map (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
by David Streitfeld and Edward Wyatt, New York Times, April 15, 2012
One of the most audacious projects ever to come out of Google was the plan to photograph and map the inhabited world, one block at a time. … The Federal Communications Commission censured Google for obstructing an inquiry into the Street View project, which had collected Internet communications from potentially millions of unknowing households as specially equipped cars drove slowly by. But the investigation, described in an interim report, was left unresolved because a critical participant, the Google engineer in charge of the project, cited his Fifth Amendment right and declined to talk. …
For the full text of the article, visit F.C.C.’s Google Case Leaves Unanswered Questions – NYTimes.com.
- Google hit with $25K fine, but street view data collection not illegal (computerworld.co.nz)
- Google Street View car case closed with FCC $25,000 fine (slashgear.com)
- Google Fined $25,000 By FCC For Impeding Street View Investigation (techweekeurope.co.uk)
By Edward Wyatt, NYT, February 14, 2012
A proposed wireless broadband network that would provide voice and Internet service using airwaves once reserved for satellite-telephone transmissions should be shelved because it interferes with GPS technology, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. The F.C.C. statement revokes the conditional approval for the network given last year. It comes after an opinion by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which said that “there is no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time” with GPS devices. The telecommunications and information agency oversees telecommunications policy at the Commerce Department. …
For full text of the article, visit F.C.C. Bars the Use of Airwaves for a Broadband Plan – NYTimes.com.
- F.C.C. Bars Airwave Use for Broadband Plan (nytimes.com)
- Daily Report: Big Trouble for a Broadband Plan (bits.blogs.nytimes.com)
- With F.C.C. Blow, Falcone’s Top Challenge Is Time (dealbook.nytimes.com)
- FCC may kill LightSquared’s bid for national wireless broadband (news.consumerreports.org)
- Congress Will Auction Public Airwaves to Pay for Benefits (nytimes.com)
By Amy Gahran, Special to CNN, September 22, 2011
(CNN) — In an emergency, do you know how to best use your cell phone to stay safe, informed and in touch? Recognizing that Americans have been getting mixed messages from many sources, this week the Federal Communication Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Administration teamed up to publish a new list of tips for communicating before, during and after a disaster. … For full text of the article, visit FCC, FEMA offer new tech tips for emergencies – CNN.com
- Will Irene kill cellphones again? (politico.com)