What's on the agenda for policymakers.

Dialing Up Pressure on Net Neutrality

Democrats and left-leaning public interest groups are turning up the heat on House Republicans on net neutrality, as they seek to rally internet-savvy voters around the issue ahead of the midterm elections.

Surveillance is one of Kavanaugh’s four hurdles to the Supreme Court

On his first day as a newly minted nominee to the Supreme Court, more than a half-dozen swing senators made clear that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will have to say the right things on their policy priorities if he wants to get confirmed.

Under the radar: The Supreme Court decision Brett Kavanaugh is most likely to overrule

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, is less likely to override Roe v. Wade than to rein in the agencies at the heart of the modern administrative state. Here’s why.

The FCC wants to charge you $225 to review your complaints

On July 12, the Federal Communications Commission will be voting to ensure they won’t have to read your complaints anymore — and Democratic House Commerce Committee leaders are not happy about it.

United Church of Christ to Honor Brunner, Sohn at Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture

Two longtime advocates instrumental in shaping the media justice field will be honored October 11, 2018 at the 36th Annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunications Lecture in Washington DC.

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Office of Communication, Inc.

United Church of Christ

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 08:00

Helen Brunner, founding director of the Media Democracy Fund, will deliver this year’s lecture, while Gigi B. Sohn, a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate, will receive the Everett C. Parker Award.

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Schools Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:00 to 12:00

The FCC has opened a Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to explore opening up the 2.5-GHz band for wireless broadband. This band is currently used for Education Broadband Services (EBS). SHLB welcomes the NPRM since it has the potential to foster broadband deployment in rural areas and accelerate the deployment of 5G, however we must also consider the impact on educators and the public.

Join us for our next Grow2Gig+ webinar as we explain what EBS is and why you should care, how it relates to 5G, and the implications of the FCC's NPRM.

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Technology Policy Institute 

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 12:00 to 14:30

The Digital Revolution and the proliferation of digital economy goods and services have been truly astonishing. However, what seems evident in daily life is not reflected in the nation’s GDP statistics. The value of “free goods” companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon produce is not included in GDP, which understates their contribution to economic welfare. As a result, true economic growth is also understated and the rate of inflation overstated. Policy makers rely on these important indicators to formulate monetary and fiscal policy.

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Senate Rules Committee

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:30


Panel I

  1. Commissioner Thomas Hicks


    U.S. Election Assistance Commission

  2. Commissioner Christy McCormick

    Vice Chair

    U.S. Election Assistance Commission

  3. Charles Romine

    Director of the Information Technology Laboratory

    National Institute of Standards and Technology

  4. Matt Masterson

    Senior Cybersecurity Advisor

    Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

  1. Scott Leiendecker



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House Homeland Security Committee

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:30

This hearing will examine the work that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is doing to assist state and local officials secure election infrastructure, including voting machines, vote tallying systems, and voter databases.  The hearing will also provide Members an opportunity to hear about DHS’s role working across all 16 critical infrastructure sectors because a cyber threat to elections may pose a similar threat to other critical infrastructure sectors.