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HUD Proposes Broadband Requirement for HUD-Financed Housing

Location:
US Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20410, United States
Recommendation:
3

In an effort to extend affordable Internet access to children and families living in federally assisted housing, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro proposed a rule to require the installation of broadband infrastructure into most HUD-financed multifamily housing developments during their construction or substantial rehabilitation.

Viewpoint Diversity and the Public Interest: Considering Freedom of Expression

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Appreciation of the importance of freedom of expression is important and that it must be part of the discussion as public policy is created and law is shaped.

One fascinating reason cable companies won’t willingly compete against each other

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Recently, Charter chief executive Tom Rutledge said the company's plan is to focus on telephone companies in its overbuilding strategy, not cable companies.

AT&T’s data caps impose harshest punishments on DSL users

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T's home Internet data caps got an overhaul when the company implemented a recently announced plan to strictly enforce the caps and collect overage fees from more customers. Customers stuck on AT&T's older DSL architecture will be facing lower caps and potentially higher overage fees than customers with more modern Internet service.

Pressure builds from GOP to delay Internet domain transition

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Pressure is building among a core group of Republican lawmakers to delay a transition of the Internet domain name system, which will involve the US government handing off oversight responsibilities.

Commissioner Pai Statement On Passage of Kari's Law by US House

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

I applaud the US House of Representatives for passing Kari’s Law (HR 4167). The passage of this legislation is due first and foremost to the courageous leadership that Hank Hunt, Kari’s father, has shown in drawing attention to this critical issue.

Using Innovative Technology in Planning for the 2020 Census

Location:
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW Room 4830, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
2

This week I am visiting Los Angeles (CA) County to observe the last phase of the 2016 Census Test, currently underway here in California as well as in Harris County (TX).

Tech groups want public probe of zero-rating plans

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

A large group of tech companies and advocates wants a public probe of new service offerings from wireless carriers, which they say could run afoul of network neutrality rules.

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