Agenda

What's on the agenda for policymakers.

Cumberland County (Maine) working to provide models for municipal broadband networks

Cumberland County (Maine) is in the process of creating a playbook that communities could use to develop their own municipal broadband internet networks.

Georgia Tackles Broadband Expansion And Local Control

Rural Georgia needs better internet access quickly, but state lawmakers said internet companies won’t expand to rural areas if there’s too much red tape.

Sponsor: 

Senate Commerce Committee

Date: 
Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:00

This hearing will examine new data privacy laws in Europe and California and provide the committee members the opportunity to hear from privacy advocates about the types of consumer protections to consider in future legislation. The hearing follows a discussion with top technology companies and internet service providers last month. 

Witnesses:



Sponsor: 

Federal Communications Bar Association

Date: 
Thu, 11/01/2018 - 18:00 to 22:00

The 29th Annual Charity Auction will be held on Thursday, November 1 at the Sphinx Club at the Almas Temple, 1315 K Street, NW, Washington, DC from approximately 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.



The Good, the Bad, and the 5G

The buzz over “5G,” the next generation of wireless technology, has been heating up, but most of the hype fails to account for the fact that a robust, innovative, and affordable 5G wireless ecosystem for all Americans will not result from empoweri

Statement of Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights

The Antitrust Division has been extraordinarily busy in our daily efforts to protect consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs through sound and vigorous antitrust enforcement and competition advocacy throughout the government.  Apart from our direct

FTC Testifies before Subcommittee of Senate Committee on the Judiciary Regarding Oversight of Antitrust Enforcement

In testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons described the agency's enforcement of antitrust laws, advocacy work, and the public hearings it is ho

Sponsor: 

Freedom to Read Foundation

Date: 
Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:00

"Fake news" has always been part of the communication landscape. The difference now is that we are inundated with social media that makes it possible to disseminate "fake news” quickly and easily. In the past "fake news" was used as propaganda to isolate individuals or groups of people, destabilize governments, and foment anarchy. "Fake news" may be inaccurate, dishonest, misleading, intentionally untrue, and even intended to damage the paradigm of factual information. But is it illegal? Is it protected by the First Amendment?



Cities will sue FCC to stop 5G Deployment order

A number of cities plan to sue the Federal Communications Commission over its decision to preempt local rules on deployment of 5G wireless equipment.

Sponsor: 

Federal Trade Commission, Global Antitrust Institute

Date: 
Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:00 to Wed, 10/17/2018 - 18:30

The three-day event will examine the potential for collusive, exclusionary, and predatory conduct in multi-sided, technology-based platform industries. The sessions will also examine antitrust frameworks for evaluating acquisitions of nascent competitors or occurring in nascent markets, including in the technology and digital marketplace; and the approach to addressing antitrust issues regarding labor markets.

Multi-Sided Platforms (Oct. 15, 16, and 17):