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Eleventh Circuit rules for the feds on cell-site records -- but then overreaches

Location:
George Washington University, 1957 E. St. NW, Washington, DC, 20052, United States
Recommendation:
3

The en banc Eleventh Circuit has ruled that historical cell-site records are not protected by the Fourth Amendment under the third-party doctrine. The case, United States v. Davis, also adds an alternative holding that is even more important: Even if cell-site records were protected, the en banc court holds, accessing them would trigger only minimal Fourth Amendment concerns and would not require a warrant or probable cause.

Senate barreling toward surveillance standoff

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

The Senate isn't getting any closer to reforming the nation's spying laws or reauthorizing expiring portions of the Patriot Act with fewer than three legislative weeks left for lawmakers to do so.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner O'Rielly Before the WTA - Advocates for Rural Broadband

Location:
WTA - Advocates for Rural Broadband, 317 Massachusetts Ave., NE DC Office, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Little did I know when I accepted this meeting that it would be crunch time for discussing the details of a Connect America Fund (CAF) for rate-of-retrun providers. The heart of universal service cannot be accomplished without ensuring that there are networks in place throughout America to deliver those services.

Fiorina: Next president needs 'fundamental understanding' of tech

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

The next US president needs a fundamental understanding of technology and a vision to use it, said GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

Cogent Urge US to Restrain AT&T in DirecTV Deal

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

Data carrier Cogent Communications Holdings Inc. called for AT&T/DirecTV merger conditions similar to what Netflix recently called for to ensure Web services aren’t harmed, according to a regulatory filing.

Google raising stakes on diversity

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
1

Google is raising the stakes in its bid to attract more women and minorities, Nancy Lee, Google's vice president of people operations, said.

Cashing In on Public Interest Programming

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

No one doubts this country’s insatiable love for, and dependence on, mobile devices. Also, the government stands to make billions of dollars after the companies like AT&T and Verizon buy airwave space, having raised almost $45 billion at the last spectrum auction. But what effect could this have on public television?

We Need Better Infrastructure for Better Wi-Fi

Location:
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue Wasserstein Hall/Caspersen Student Center Milstein West A, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
2

If fiber-optic lines ran to every business and residence in the country, we'd have a cloud of unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity everywhere we work, live and play. Only fiber can handle the tsunami of data uploaded by mobile devices and sensors Americans are going to use.

Why I Will Participate in the Spectrum Auction

Location:
KDOC-TV, 625 N Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA, 92701, United States
Recommendation:
2

As the owner of KDOC-TV in Los Angeles, I believe the Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction will be very positive for consumers, as well as the broadcast industry.

Broadcasters and Consumers Should Be Wary

Location:
Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets NW, Washington, DC, 20057, United States
Recommendation:
2

If the government’s auction of some of the most valuable broadcast spectrum succeeds, broadcasters and consumers should be wary.

How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
Recommendation:
3

Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored.

Expect Court to Partially Stay FCC’s Title II Internet Reclassification

Location:
Precursor, 7925 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22102, United States
Recommendation:
1

[Commentary] In the coming weeks, expect the DC Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court to grant a partial stay, of only the Federal Communications Commission’s Title II reclassification of broadband and its new “Internet conduct standard” (not the FCC’s net neutrality prohibitions of blocking, throttling or paid prioritization), even though stay requests normally have a low probability of success, because petitioners must convince the court that they are likely to win on the merits and that the opposed action will cause irreparable harm.

Building for the Future: A New Federal Guide to Infrastructure Planning and Design

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

The White House convened the nation’s leading thinkers on infrastructure planning and design to highlight how projects like new roads and transit lines can be designed to foster economic opportunity and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Arkansas launches $13 million school broadband upgrade

Location:
Arkansas State Capitol, 500 Woodlane St., Little Rock, AR, 72201, United States
Recommendation:
1

...As school broadband access becomes critical for student success, states are beginning to evaluate their broadband infrastructure to determine if upgrades and modernization are necessary.

Sen Cantwell Wants to Connect More Federal Buildings to the Internet of Things

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

Federal buildings may be the newest "smart" entities to join the Internet of Things, if a recently introduced Senate bill gains traction.

Now It's Official: More Google Searches Are Coming From Mobile Than Desktop

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
1

Following years of speculation about the demise of desktop-based search, Google is officially announcing that for the first time, more searches come from smartphones and tablets than from laptops and desktops.

The Dreaded Bundle Comes to Internet TV

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

In short, instead of the Internet killing the bundle, the bundle is coming to the Internet; it would not be surprising if, in the next year or two, half a dozen more neo-bundlers join the game.

Acquired Content: Cable's Cornerstone

Location:
20th Television, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

[Commentary] As the cable industry descends upon Chicago for INTX, town cars, taxis and Ubers will undoubtedly pass the Willis Tower. Where most see an obligatory sightseeing stop, I see an analogy for the programming schedule of a basic-cable network.

Top Cable Industry Guy Acknowledges People Hate Cable Guys

Location:
2015 Internet and Television Expo (INTX), 2301 S Indiana Ave McCormick Place West, Chicago, IL, 60616, United States
Recommendation:
1

Two massive losses in Washington (DC) recently by the cable industry -- the adoption of network neutrality rules and the death of Comcast’s Time Warner Cable deal -- have left cable operators “highly conscious” of the industry’s image problems, National Cable & Telecommunications Association chief executive Michael Powell said.

Netflix calls on FCC to reject AT&T merger unless changes are made

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

Netflix is urging federal regulators to deny the $48 billion merger of AT&T and DIRECTV unless changes are made to the proposal.

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