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Obama backs FCC set-top box proposal

telecom | 04/15/2016 8:19 pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama is weighing in on his country’s debate over increasing competition to benefit consumers. On Friday, Obama announced “that his administration is calling on the FCC to open up set-top-cable boxes to competition,” said a White House blog post. The Federal Communications Commission began a consultation process on a proposal to free TV subscribers from their leased set-top-box agreements in February. “The Administration is committed to preserving and expanding competition in all markets, because competition enhances consumer welfare...

White House announces program to bring broadband to poor

telecom | 07/15/2015 5:05 pm EDT

The office of U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a program to bring broadband Internet to 275,000 low-income households across the country, in partnership with local governments and Internet service providers. Google Inc. is among the private-sector partners in this program, which will provide its Fiber Internet service at no cost to public housing facilities in Atlanta, Durham, Kansas City and Nashville, with a focus on connecting families with school-age children, the White House said in a press release. Various other companies are also involved, the White House said,...

Obama supports more government investment in broadband

telecom | 01/16/2015 4:26 pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama this week called for measures that would facilitate more investment from various levels of government to improve broadband Internet performance. He made a speech Wednesday...

FCC boss leaning toward Obama’s position on net neutrality: reports

Media | 01/08/2015 9:21 pm EST

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler could be hinting toward a net-neutrality policy along the lines of what President Barack Obama has suggested, categorizing broadband...

Obama asks FCC to impose net neutrality rules

telecom | 11/10/2014 7:38 pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama put out a statement in favour of net neutrality Monday, and asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement a plan that would “safeguard competition and user choice.” In the...

Obama still uses BlackBerry: report

telecom | 12/05/2013 7:31 pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama is still a customer of Canada’s BlackBerry Ltd., Reuters reported. The news article said Obama told an audience of youth on Wednesday that he continues to use a BlackBerry and is not permitted to...