Chattanooga-owned municipal broadband provider EPB on Thursday applied to become the first of possibly many electric utilities to begin offering gigabit Internet and TV service across the traditional boundaries set up over years of cable TV dominance. EPB, which also distributes electricity and phone service, submitted a formal petition on Thursday to the Federal Communications Continue reading →

Chattanooga utility EPB will consider asking the Federal Communications Commission within weeks to allow it to expand gigabit fiber-optic Internet, TV and phone access to the Tennessee communities surrounding the Gig City. “Communities should have the right, at the local level, to determine their broadband futures,” said Harold DePriest, president and CEO of EPB, on Continue reading →

A federal appeals court recently ruled that the Federal Communications Commission must rethink its net neutrality rules — a decision with potentially far-reaching implications for the future of high-speed Internet. Now FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler must work with Congress to modernize outdated laws that don’t address the reality of today’s Internet. In doing so, he Continue reading →

How do you get the smart grid deployed to the most remote, rural parts of the country? One answer could be rural broadband, which has billions of dollars in federal funding support meant to push connectivity to 15 million U.S. residents who live in areas that are too distant and expensive for commercial telecommunications providers Continue reading →

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An independent study of radio-frequency emissions from Central Maine Power Co.’s new smart meters has found maximum exposure levels that are far below what the Federal Communications Commission considers safe. The study, reviewed Monday by the Portland Press Herald, concluded that the highest exposure level averaged over time is 4.6 percent of the FCC limit. Continue reading →

A new state report concludes that smart meters that utilities give customers to measure power consumption and save energy emit far less potentially harmful material than considered safe by the Federal Communications Commission. Some environmental groups have raised concerns about the long-term health effects of being exposed to the radio frequency radiation emitted by the Continue reading →

When the Federal Communications Commission identified six concrete goals in the national broadband plan, the one specific application highlighted by the agency was energy consumption: “To ensure that America leads in the clean energy economy, every American should be able to use broadband to track and manage their real-time energy consumption.” via Will Consumer-Friendly Continue reading →