Daily Digest 8/18/2023 (Paul Adrian Brodeur Jr)

Benton Institute for Broadband & Society
Table of Contents

Digital Equity

FCC Announces Second Round of ACP Outreach Grant Program Awards  |  Read below  |  Public Notice  |  Federal Communications Commission
45 Bipartisan Members of Congress Call for Extension of Affordable Broadband Access Program  |  Read below  |  Rep Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Rep Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)  |  Letter  |  House of Representatives
State Digital Justice Advocacy Toolkit  |  Read below  |  Press Release  |  National Consumer Law Center
The Power of Digital Navigators – Retail-Style  |  Read below  |  Network On
FCC, USAC enter into new ACP and Lifeline computer matching program with Indiana Family and Social Services Administration  |  Federal Communications Commission

Broadband Funding

A Different Kind of Broadband Investor: Partners Aim to Provide BEAD Matching Funds  |  Read below  |  Annie Lindstrom  |  telecompetitor

Data and Mapping

Update: The FCC's Enhanced ACAM offer could take up to 1.3 million locations off the board for BEAD  |  Read below  |  Mike Conlow  |  Analysis  |  Substack
Reid Consulting claims licensed fixed wireless access providers are overstating coverage, capacity  |  Read below  |  Tom Reid  |  Analysis  |  Reid Consulting


Different perspectives on open access networks  |  Read below  |  Linda Hardesty  |  Fierce
Nokia goes big, BEAD friendly with network-in-a-box 2.0  |  Read below  |  Diana Goovaerts  |  Fierce

State/Local Initiatives

Benton Foundation
Rhode Island Works to Bring Broadband to All Residents  |  Read below  |  Grace Tepper  |  Analysis  |  Benton Institute for Broadband & Society
West Virginia Broadband Council says delay in pole attachment biggest hinderance to broadband expansion  |  Read below  |  Jeff Jenkins  |  West Virginia MetroNews
Holland City Council Approves Broadband Expansion Bonds  |  Read below  |  Gary Stevens  |  WHTC
SiFi's $35 million FiberCity Project to build open-access network in California  |  Read below  |  Julia King  |  Fierce
Windstream Public-Private Partnership Will Invest $10 million in Georgia County  |  Read below  |  Carl Weinschenk  |  telecompetitor
Lumos Launches its 100% Fiber-Optic Internet in Orange County, North Carolina  |  Read below  |  Press Release  |  Lumos

Consumer Protections

White House Roundtable on Protecting Americans from Harmful Data Broker Practices  |  Read below  |  Press Release  |  White House
FTC fines Experian for littering inboxes with spam, giving customers no way to unsubscribe  |  USA Today

Platforms/Social Media/AI

Study Debunks Social Media, Finds Face-To-Face Dominates Brand Conversations, Albeit Politically  |  Read below  |  Joe Mandese  |  Analysis  |  MediaPost
Even AI Hasn’t Helped Microsoft’s Bing Chip Away at Google’s Search Dominance  |  Read below  |  Tom Dotan  |  Wall Street Journal
Open Markets, the Authors Guild & American Booksellers Urge FTC and DOJ to Target Amazon’s Books Monopoly  |  Open Markets Institute
Daniel Lyons | In Google Case, Justice Department Continues to Help Companies, Not Consumers  |  American Enterprise Institute
AI lessons from the telephone operators of the 1920s  |  Marketplace
Microsoft will let you uninstall more built-in Windows 11 apps soon for less bloat  |  Vox
Trump's tweets count as an 'overt act' in the Georgia case. What does that mean?  |  National Public Radio
AI, Equity, Innovation among Biden Administration’s research priorities for FY 2025  |  White House
Apple Says Removal of Glenn Beck Podcast Was Related to a Trademark Dispute That Has Since Been Resolved  |  Variety
Decoding the Hype Behind Artificial Intelligence  |  glenecho group
Google Maps will stop showing gas stations to EV owners  |  Vox

Emergency Communications

FirstNet levels the playing field for volunteer EMS  |  FirstNet Authority


Cyber security researchers become target of criminal hackers  |  Financial Times


The American Competitiveness Of a More Productive Emerging Tech Economy Act: NIST studies on emerging technologies  |  Read below  |  Press Release  |  National Institute of Standards and Technology
What Americans Know About AI, Cybersecurity and Big Tech  |  Read below  |  Olivia Sidoti, Emily Vogels  |  Research  |  Pew Research Center


The New Gatekeepers: How Disney, Amazon, and Netflix Will Take Over Media  |  Writers Guild of America West
Can’t Hear the Dialogue in Your Streaming Show? You’re Not Alone.  |  New York Times
Spotify Looked to Ban White Noise Podcasts to Become More Profitable  |  Bloomberg


Austin Bonner named deputy U.S. CTO  |  Read below  |  Rebecca Heilweil  |  FedScoop

Industry/Company News

A Rare Look Into the Finances of Elon Musk’s Secretive SpaceX  |  Wall Street Journal
Today's Top Stories

Digital Equity

FCC Announces Second Round of ACP Outreach Grant Program Awards

Public Notice  |  Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission announced final funding allocations for the Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program (ACP Outreach Grant Program), National Competitive Outreach Program (NCOP) Round 2. The total amount of final funds announced for NCOP Round 2 is over $4.3 million.  Eligibility for NCOP Round 2 was limited to governmental and non-governmental entities in the following States and Territories where funding minimums were not met during Round 1 funding announcement: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Delaware, Guam, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

  1. American Samoa Department of Commerce     American Samoa      $342,760
  2. FSIC American Innovation and Opportunity Fund*      District of Columbia      $305,000
  3. Department of Public Health and Social Services      Guam    $383,586
  4. Regents of the University of Idaho      Idaho      $392,666
  5. Iowa Department of Management      Iowa      $399,704
  6. National Collaborative for Digital Equity      New Hampshire      $316,200
  7. Hispanic Federation, Inc.* New York $574,016
  8. Executive Office of the State of South Carolina Broadband Office       South Carolina      $400,000
  9. Palmetto Care Connections      South Carolina      $374,947
  10. South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation      South Dakota      $400,000
  11. National Association of Elementary School Principals*      Virginia      $96,973
  12. Department of Economic Development Office of Broadband      West Virginia      $400,000

* denotes entities that applied as a nationally-based nonprofit organization

45 Bipartisan Members of Congress Call for Extension of Affordable Broadband Access Program

Rep Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Rep Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)  |  Letter  |  House of Representatives

We are writing to urge [Congressional leadership] to extend funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides families with financial assistance for broadband access, to help bridge the digital divide. Congress has a role in ensuring that high-speed and reliable broadband is accessible to every household, nationwide. We urge you to include full funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) in the upcoming government appropriations bill to ensure that households can access the broadband they desperately need. We cannot afford to let millions of Americans lose access to broadband. If funding for ACP is not extended, it would not only put the program’s success at risk, but also impede the progress of other federal broadband investments and initiatives. Families and businesses across the country need broadband access, and ACP has become a vital tool in securing this access. It plays a critical role in connecting households, while also promoting digital literacy, device distribution, technical support, and online services training, resulting in its high enrollment and strong bipartisan support.

State Digital Justice Advocacy Toolkit

Press Release  |  National Consumer Law Center

The National Consumer Law Center and the United Church of Christ Media Justice Ministry produced a new State Digital Justice Advocacy Toolkit that contains resources to help frontline groups that are working to provide broadband and communication assistance to incarcerated people, people with disabilities, low-income households, veterans, aging and rural populations, people facing language barriers, members of a racial or ethnic minority, and other underserved groups. The State Digital Justice Advocacy Toolkit is available free of charge to help advocates navigate the new assistance programs created under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Digital Equity Act (or DEA). The IIJA provides an unprecedented $42 billion opportunity to build out broadband infrastructure to unserved and underserved areas in the states and territories. The $2.75 billion Digital Equity Act provides funding to states, territories and a wide-array of organizations for digital skills training and equipment to close the digital divide. The State Digital Justice Advocacy Toolkit is designed to help advocates seize this opportunity to shape their state’s plans to ensure that these investments meet the needs of under-resourced communities.

The Power of Digital Navigators – Retail-Style

  |  Network On

In May 2021, the Federal Communications Commission launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) to help Americans stay connected to reliable Internet service during the COVID pandemic. Since evolving into the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), the program has connected nearly 20 million households nationwide. But despite the program’s success, millions remain unconnected because cost is not the only barrier to getting online. Additional barriers include access to devices, digital literacy skills, and ongoing technical support. To address these obstacles, organizations like Human-I-T are playing a crucial role. Human-I-T is deeply embedded in its Detroit, Michigan, community. Over the past few years, it has worked with partners to distribute 17,400 devices and connect nearly 2,100 households in Motor City. In June 2023, Human-I-T opened the first-in-the-nation digital equity retail location in Detroit – the Human-I-T on 7 Mile Road. This true digital equity hub provides a one-stop shop for all things digital adoption and offers low-cost devices, digital literacy training, tech support, and assistance with signing up for programs like ACP. This “hub” approach is groundbreaking and helps connect the unconnected to America’s Excellent Internet. Human-I-T on 7 Mile Road is a true innovation, bringing digital equity to retail and offering a blueprint for other digital navigator and digital equity organizations. For more resources on digital adoption, visit Network:On’s Connect20 toolkit.

Broadband Funding

A Different Kind of Broadband Investor: Partners Aim to Provide BEAD Matching Funds

Annie Lindstrom  |  telecompetitor

Two non-traditional investors are partnering to provide Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) matching funds and to directly invest in broadband for communities that do not win government grants. One of the entities is Connect Humanity, a non-profit fund focused on digital equity. The other is Appalachian Community Capital (ACC), which is a community development financial institution (CDFI). Connect Humanity and ACC are collaborating on a campaign to raise $25 million that would be invested in community-minded broadband providers that are looking to increase digital equity across 13 Appalachian states. The collaborators’ fundraising campaign, dubbed Investing in Digital Equity in Appalachia (IDEA), has its roots in Connect Humanity’s Appalachian Digital Accelerator program, which was created in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The goal of the accelerator program is to “empower” 50 of the least-connected communities in Appalachia by helping them to plan, develop and build broadband networks that will enable the communities they serve to thrive in the digital economy.

Data and Mapping

Update: The FCC's Enhanced ACAM offer could take up to 1.3 million locations off the board for BEAD

Mike Conlow  |  Analysis  |  Substack

The Federal Communications Commission published its first “illustrative run” of what the offers might be to broadband providers who elect extended subsidies in exchange for agreeing to bring 100/20 broadband to every location in their “study area.” With this illustrative run document, it now appears that if all the ISPs accept the FCC’s offer, 1.3 million locations would be ineligible for BEAD funding because the FCC would have an enforceable commitment from the ISP to bring service to that location.

Reid Consulting claims licensed fixed wireless access providers are overstating coverage, capacity

Tom Reid  |  Analysis  |  Reid Consulting

On behalf of the Missouri Association of Councils of Government, we provide evidence for bulk challenges of broadband availability claims by licensed fixed wireless access (LFWA) providers across Missouri where LFWA service claims contribute to three-quarters of broadband providers' overstatements of service. We urge the FCC to reverse the burden of proof, requiring that ISPs substantiate their claims rather than saddling communities with the near impossibility of proving a negative across such a wide geographic area. To further bolster these bulk challenges, we restricted challenged locations to those with a significant discrepancy between claimed speeds and maximum observed speed tiers. Overall, LFWA's claims could block federal and state funding for 96,343 unserved Missouri households.


Different perspectives on open access networks

Linda Hardesty  |  Fierce

At Mountain Connect, a panel discussed some of the pros and cons of open access networks. These networks are deployed by one company and then leased to multiple internet service providers, which can then offer broadband service to end customers. Jack Waters, CEO of Intrepid Fiber Networks, said open access networks give consumers a choice of providers. “The idea of choice is incredibly powerful,” he said. “It’s not something you ever got in telecom.” He also said that building open access networks can make things less disruptive for communities. They don’t have to endure multiple companies digging up streets to deploy fiber. They’ll just have to suffer the disruption once, and then multiple providers can use the same infrastructure. From the perspective of the service providers that lease an open access network, their margins are not as high. But neither are their risks. Warren Woodward, director of Broadband at XMission Internet, a broadband provider based in Salt Lake City, Utah, said his company uses fiber infrastructure built by Utopia Fiber. But he cautioned that as more service providers lease the network, XMission’s revenues go down. He said having 2-5 providers for a small city “is probably all you need.” Too many service providers can also make it too easy for customers to constantly switch providers.

Nokia goes big, BEAD friendly with network-in-a-box 2.0

Diana Goovaerts  |  Fierce

Nokia is broadening its horizons with a new version of its network-in-a-box solution, adding new components into the mix and making its kit scalable to meet the needs of medium-sized operators in addition to small ones. Executives said that certain equipment included in the box will also comply with the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment's (BEAD) Buy American requirements – at least, once its newly announced US manufacturing facility starts pumping out products in early 2024. The vendor first unveiled its network-in-a-box product in June 2022, customizing the kit for small and rural operators looking to deploy to around 1,000 homes at a clip. But the new version can support significantly larger networks.


Rhode Island Works to Bring Broadband to All Residents

Grace Tepper  |  Analysis  |  Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

The Ocean State has long supported expanding broadband access, adoption and application for its residents. Capitalizing on funding from the COVID-19 pandemic, Rhode Island established programs to keep kids in school, enable aging residents to take advantage of online resources, and bolster state opportunities in tech. “During the pandemic, households had increased reliance on broadband connections as access became essential for employment, education and daily activities,” said Governor Dan McKee (D-RI). Now, with Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act broadband deployment and digital equity funding coming down the pike, Rhode Island has already articulated how it plans to achieve universal broadband.

West Virginia Broadband Council says delay in pole attachment biggest hinderance to broadband expansion

Jeff Jenkins  |  West Virginia MetroNews

West Virginia is on the verge of a $1.2 billion federally funded broadband buildout but that expansion may be held up by a problem that’s been around for years. The state Broadband Enhancement Council is considering officially intervening in a case before the state Public Service Commission involving First Energy and Frontier Communications about pole attachments. State Broadband Office Director Kelly Workman told the council that pole agreements are “our biggest source of delay in (American Rescue Plan Act) funding projects so far.” “Costs have gone up exponentially the last three years compared to previous experience,” Director Workman said. “We’re fighting through this issue, company by company. The policies do not appear consistent, the pricing does not compare consistent.” Director Workman is concerned because the level of broadband expansion projects currently underway is small compared to what is coming in the recently announced $1.2 billion for West Virginia from the federal government.

Holland City Council Approves Broadband Expansion Bonds

Gary Stevens  |  WHTC

After an apparent lull, the effort to have broadband access across the city of Holland (MI) looks to be back on the fast track. The Holland City Council unanimously approved the authorization of selling up to $23 million in unlimited tax general obligation bonds to fund the expansion of the Holland BPW’s broadband Internet transport services. The vote comes a year after voters approved the issuance of up to $30 million over 25 years for this initiative. According to Mayor Nathan Bocks, the financial effect on property owners won’t be immediately evident.

SiFi's $35 million FiberCity Project to build open-access network in California

Julia King  |  Fierce

SiFi Networks will go live with the first neighborhood in its Placentia FiberCity Project where homes and businesses will gain access to the company’s all-fiber open access network. The project, which will cost around $35 million, is privately funded by SiFi Networks and will eventually provide access to some 20,000 locations in Placentia, California. The project will be constructed with no cost to taxpayers, as is the case with all of SiFi Networks’ fiber builds in the US. Marcus Bowman, SiFi Networks’ community relations manager, said the company is now in the installation phase of the project and is “ramping up crews to meet demand.” SiFi Networks is known for its privately funded open-access fiber networks across the US, all of which fall under its FiberCity Project umbrella. In June 2023 the company announced its $200 million Rockford FiberCity project in Illinois. The company's open access networks offer speeds up to 10 Gbps.

Windstream Public-Private Partnership Will Invest $10 million in Georgia County

Carl Weinschenk  |  telecompetitor

A $10.3 million public-private partnership between Chattooga County (GA) and fiber provider Windstream will provide broadband access to 3,400 addresses in the county. Key communities covered by the agreement, which will feature 320 miles of fiber cable, are Summerville, Trion, Lyerly, and Menlo. The partnership includes $3.1 million from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Program, which is part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Windstream will invest $7.2 million and cover cost overruns. Work on the project is expected to be completed in 2024.

Lumos Launches its 100% Fiber-Optic Internet in Orange County, North Carolina

Press Release  |  Lumos

Lumos launched a new fiber-optic broadband network in Orange County, North Carolina.  The previously announced partnership between Lumos and Orange County remains one of the largest public-private partnerships for fiber infrastructure in North Carolina’s history. It was made possible by significant investments from Lumos and an Orange County American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fund award and will reach more than 6,300 unserved homes in the County. Lumos has also committed millions more to increase the scope of the project, enabling it to serve an additional 22,000 addresses. Lumos will also provide fiber Internet service to approximately two dozen county-owned anchor institutions. Lumos is working on its six-phase plan to build its network as quickly as possible, deploying nearly 1,000 miles of fiber. Approximately 400 addresses are ready for service at this time.

Consumer Protections

White House Roundtable on Protecting Americans from Harmful Data Broker Practices

Press Release  |  White House

The White House convened a roundtable with civil society leaders, researchers, and policymakers on how the data broker industry monetizes personal information and actions the Biden Administration is taking to address potential harms to American consumers. The session was hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Economic Council, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Justice. The CFPB plans to propose rules to ensure all data companies comply with the law and prevent brokers from selling certain data, limit the disclosure of sensitive “credit header” contact information, and give consumers the right to obtain data about themselves from brokers and dispute inaccuracies. Administration officials pledged to continue using their authorities to subject data brokers to greater regulation and oversight, and to curb the harms they cause. Participants shared stories, insights, and concerns about the harms and risks that data brokers’ practices create for everyday Americans. Issues raised include the surreptitious collection, use and sale of detailed sensitive data; data-driven scoring that limits access to housing and economic opportunities for Black and brown communities; predatory scams targeting individuals with cognitive vulnerabilities; increased risks to personal safety, including gender-based violence; and insufficient oversight of brokers under existing law.


Study Debunks Social Media, Finds Face-To-Face Dominates Brand Conversations, Albeit Politically

Joe Mandese  |  Analysis  |  MediaPost

For all the stock that brands and their agencies put on the value of consumer mentions in social media, it actually ranks relatively low among the modes of communication people use to express their sentiment about brands to others. At least when it comes to one of what likely is one of the most sensitive areas of brand communications: political affiliations. That's the finding of a fascinating—and especially timely—study from Engagement Labs, which released an in-depth report on the role brands take, or do not take, on political issues. The report—"Brand Marketing Amid Political Polarization"—is based on two years of data tracking consumer conversations and sentiment expressed utilizing Engagement Labs' proprietary methodology for 500 brands, many of which fall on various ends of the political spectrum. Its top conclusion—that "it is probably wise for the biggest brands to avoid taking sides on political issues"—runs contrary to a wide number of tracking studies from leading consumer research organizations that consumers now expect brands to take explicit positions on important social issues, especially ESG (environmental, social and governance) and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion). But it does raise important questions about brands that come out as explicitly politically partisan during a time of extreme political polarization, in the U.S. as well as much of the rest of the world.

Even AI Hasn’t Helped Microsoft’s Bing Chip Away at Google’s Search Dominance

Tom Dotan  |  Wall Street Journal

When Microsoft unveiled an AI-powered version of Bing in February 2023, the company said it could add $2 billion of revenue if the revamped search engine could pry away even a single point of market share from Google. Six months later, it looks as if even 1 percentage point could be a tough target, with some new data showing Bing’s place in search has barely budged—partly because of how Microsoft handled its high-profile rollout. In July 2023, Bing had three percent market share worldwide, according to analytics firm StatCounter. That is the same share it had in January 2023, the month before the launch of the new Bing. Another report, from analytics firm Similarweb, shows Bing had around one percent of Google’s monthly visitors in July 2023, around the same it had in January 2023. Microsoft is calling the new Bing a success. It disputed outside data, saying third-party data companies aren’t measuring all the people who are going directly to Bing’s chat page. A chat interface is an unusual way for people to try to find information online, said Daniel Tunkelang, a search consultant who has worked with Google and LinkedIn, now owned by Microsoft. The new Bing is “cute, but not a game changer,” he said.


The American Competitiveness Of a More Productive Emerging Tech Economy Act: NIST studies on emerging technologies

In coordination with the Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission, The National Institute of Standards and Technology has completed the Congressionally directed (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021) studies on the following technology areas that are expected to be critical to the global competitiveness, economic growth, and national security of the United States in the coming decade: 

  • Artificial Intelligence including algorithms, software, hardware, and design patterns—typically requiring substantial data to develop—used to carry out tasks with varying levels of autonomy that would otherwise require intelligent human involvement. The technology is advancing rapidly and has become increasingly pervasive in applications as diverse as autonomous vehicles, pharmaceutical development, personalized healthcare, and facial recognition. 

  • Internet of Things and Internet of Things in Manufacturing combines both IoT’s digitally connected network of physical objects and smart manufacturing technologies.  As a well-established technology, the area has a vast range of marketplace applications.

  • Quantum Computing's potential to accelerate information processing through leveraging the quantum mechanical properties of physical systems could have a significant impact on the market. Despite rapid technical advancements, sustained investment in research and development over many years likely will be needed to enable the commercialization of QC technology.   

  • Blockchain Technology is an approach to digital recordkeeping with distributed ledgers that use lists linked using cryptographic hashes to ensure data fidelity. This technology area has applications in any setting that requires or benefits from ledger updating, transaction recording, and smart or self-executing contracts.  

For each technology area, the American COMPETE Act required (1) a general overview with a focus on Federal Government activities and industry impact on the U.S. economy, (2) a marketplace and supply chain review, (3) recommendations to develop policy and legislative proposals, and (4) a written report. 

What Americans Know About AI, Cybersecurity and Big Tech

Olivia Sidoti, Emily Vogels  |  Research  |  Pew Research Center

Digital literacy is widely seen as an essential skill. But Americans’ understanding of digital topics varies notably depending on the subject. For example, majorities of US adults know what cookies on websites do and can identify a secure password. Far fewer can recognize an example of two-factor authentication – a cybersecurity practice that makes signing into online accounts more secure. Overall, Americans answer a median of five out of nine questions correctly on a digital knowledge survey that Pew Research Center conducted among 5,101 US adults from May 15 to May 21, 2023. The questions span a range of topics, including cybersecurity practices, facts about major technology companies, artificial intelligence and federal online privacy laws. Concerning cybersecurity, 87% of U.S adults can correctly identify which password – out of four choices – is the most secure option; 67% know that the purpose of cookies is to track visits and activity on a website; and 48% can correctly identify an example of two-factor authentication from a series of pictures. Concerning artificial intelligence, 42% know a deepfake is a seemingly real image, video or audio of something that didn’t occur; and 32% know large language models, such as ChatGPT, produce answers based on word patterns and relationships they previously learned from text pulled from the internet. Concerning Big Tech, 80% know Elon Musk was running Tesla and Twitter in April 2023; 77% know Facebook changed its company name to Meta.


Austin Bonner named deputy U.S. CTO

Rebecca Heilweil  |  FedScoop

Austin Bonner has been promoted to Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Policy. The position builds on her current role at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she focused on a range of telecommunications issues. She previously worked at the Federal Communications Commission. “For the last year, Austin has led White House efforts on a wide range of telecommunications issues, including wireless spectrum and national security/emergency preparedness communications,” read the email announcing her promotion. “She did this work with the grace, determination, and expertise needed to bring together different perspectives and drive policy forward.” Bonner practiced communications and appellate law, focusing on complex technologies and telecommunications, prior to joining the FCC. Currently, she’s also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she focuses on topics including administrative law.

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