Brendan Bordelon

Gigi Sohn one of thought leaders laying the groundwork for future policy change

Throughout her 30 years in telecommunications and technology policy, Gigi Sohn has worn many hats—a telecom lawyer, a progressive advocate, a top aide at the Federal Communications Commission, an academic.

Privacy Groups Disturbed by California Governor’s Data-Dividend Plan

Gov Gavin Newsom (D-CA) may have thought he was throwing privacy advocates a bone when he proposed the creation of a “data dividend” during his state of the state address. The notion that Facebook, Google, and other tech platforms should return a

Thune Open to Moving New Broadband Infrastructure Spending Through FCC

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune said he’s open to funneling a potential tranche of broadband infrastructure funding through the Federal Communications Commission’s Universal Service Fund.

FTC Chair Says Privacy Shield Is Safe, Despite Immigration Order

Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said that President Donald Trump’s immigration order will not in any way affect the FTC’s enforcement of the Privacy Shield, a commercial data-transfer agreement negotiated by the United S

Sen Hatch Rolls Out Tech Agenda, Warns Industry Against ‘Provoking’ Trump

Sen Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a sweeping tech-focused agenda that aims to bolster the H-1B visa program, prevent forum-shopping by patent trolls and improve data privacy both at home and abroad.

FBI’s Top Lawyer Urges Congressional Action on Encryption

James Baker, the top lawyer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, recommended that Congress take a more active role in legislating on US law enforcement’s limited access to encrypted data tied to a criminal investigation.

Sen Rounds Is Ready to Lead New Cybersecurity Subcommittee

Sen Mike Rounds (R-SD), chairman of the recently created Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, views cyberspace like any other battleground. “Cyberwar is more than simply stealing emails,” Chairman Rounds said.

Senate Bill Would Exempt Small ISPs From Open Internet Transparency Rules

Sen Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced bipartisan legislation (S 228) that would exempt small internet service providers from transparency requirements under the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet order.

House Passes Bills on Small ISP Exemption, Data Efficiency

The House passed two bills on unanimous voice votes Jan 10 — one that would waive certain transparency requirements for small internet service providers and one that encourages data efficiency in the federal government.

Net Neutrality Rollback Under Trump Will Face Hurdles

As Republicans prepare to take over the Federal Communications Commission in 2017, don’t expect them to make a quick, clean break with the agency’s 2015 network neutrality rule.