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What's in the E-rate Order? Affordable High-Speed Broadband To and Within Schools and Libraries

In this the first of a series of articles looking at the order, we examine the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to bring Internet connectivity both to the building and to devices within schools and libraries.

Cities Seek FCC Help to Expand Broadband

[Commentary] Chattanooga (TN) and Wilson (NC) simultaneously petitioned the FCC to pre-empt laws in their states that ban the cities from expanding their high-speed Internet networks.

The Legal Underpinnings of The Prison Phone Call Debate

You may well have read about the Federal Communications Commission’s vote last August to cap rates for interstate phone calls placed by prison inmates.

It's Not About "Can We?" It's About "Will We?"

[Commentary] Public comments are due regarding the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) proposed rules for network neutrality.

Privacy, Civil Liberties and the NSA

[Commentary] On July 2, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board released a detailed analysis of U.S. surveillance programs.

Two Decisions Shed Light on the Supreme Court's Role in Telecommunications Policy

[Commentary] The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released two big communications-related decisions on June 25. First, the Court unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.

Reaction to Aereo Decision

After the Supreme Court released its 6-3 decision in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, wonkland responded.

The FCC's Sisyphean Task

[Commentary] Sisyphus, you may recall from high school days, was sentenced to an eternity of rolling a boulder uphill only to watch it roll back down.

"Our Top Story Tonight Concerns The Internet"

[Commentary] “Our top story tonight concerns the Internet.” That may sound like us, but, in fact, it is the first line in a 12 minute sketch by comedian John Oliver during the June 1 edition of his new HBO show, Last Week Tonight.

Why Silicon Valley’s Diversity Matters to All of US

[Commentary] In many respects, Silicon Valley is the economic envy of the US.