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What's on the agenda for policymakers.

O'Rielly Remarks at Broadband Deployment Advisory Cmte. Meeting

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

I hope this committee will take a holistic approach when reviewing possible technology solutions. The Commission has tried to maintain a principle near and dear to me of technology neutrality.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Kickoff

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

Whether you are discussing how to address the thorny issues of access to poles, ducts, or conduit, I ask that you think about the impact your decisions will have on consumers. And when you are debating franchising model codes, I ask you to think about the impact the contours of that code will have on consumers in the franchise area. In particular, I ask that you keep the following three points in mind.

Chairman Pai Opens First Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Meeting

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

As members of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, your mission is to give the Federal Communications Commission recommendations on ways to spur broadband deployment and reduce barriers to investment.

FCC's Clyburn: I Still Have Work to Do

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

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission signaled she was not heading for the exit in June. That came in a post-FCC meeting interview in which she sang her answer to the question of whether she would be leaving after June 30.

Daily Report: Silicon Valley Losing Ground in Washington

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

Remember when federal regulators made rules that seemed tailored to benefit the technology industry? Not anymore.

Rebuilding America: A New Infrastructure Agenda

Apr 24 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location:
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

The prospects for a major national infrastructure push from the new administration and Congress

Chairman Pai Moves to Roll Back Telecom Rules

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is taking the next steps to unwind Obama-era rules and other regulatory efforts that had restricted the abilities of telecommunication companies and broadcasters.

Reps Pelosi, Pallone Urge Chairman Pai to Ditch UHF Discount's Return

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

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined with Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to try and head off the reinstating of the UHF discount, saying its return by the Federal Communications Commission would be using a "blunt, illogical and anti-consumer instrument" to re-open a loophole to further consolidation.

Attorneys Take Aim at FCC's Main Studio Rule

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

Telecommunication lawyers have petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate the rule that broadcasters have a main studio located in their community of license.

Maximizing Investment (and Jobs) In Broadband Networks

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

This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) demonstrates that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai not only recognizes the importance of the technology transition that is already underway, but that he is willing to tackle the issue head on early in his leadership.

The relentless fighting over network neutrality rules needs to end, but how can it?

Location:
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s latest target is the network neutrality rules the commission adopted in 2015 after a federal appeals court threw out the commission’s previous neutrality regulations. The 2015 rules try to preserve the openness that has been crucial to the Internet’s success by barring broadband providers from blocking or impeding legal sites and services, favoring some sites’ traffic in exchange for pay, or unreasonably interfering with the flow of data on their networks. These are all vitally important principles, as even opponents of the rules recognize.

Sen Markey, Rep Doyle Call for Business Data Services Vote Delay

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

Add to the list of those calling for a delay in the Federal Communications Commission's April 20 vote on deregulating broadband business data services (BDS) Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) and House Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA).

US telecoms industry set for M&A negotiations frenzy

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

In 10 days, the Federal Communications Commission will lift a ban on telecoms companies engaging in merger talks, and Wall Street is betting on T-Mobile US, Sprint, and Dish Network to be the first ones out of the gate.

Remarks of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Before the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Advisory Committee

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

I’m honored to be here and grateful to you for your participation on the Advisory Committee of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019, or WRC-19.

FCC Chairman Pai Letter to Chris Henderson, Universal Service Administrative Company, Re: USAC's Performance as Schools and Libraries Program Administrator

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

Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that there are serious flaws in Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) administration of the E-Rate program—flaws that relate to the process by which schools and libraries apply for E-Rate funding and that are in fact preventing many schools and libraries from getting that funding.

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Beware: The UHF Discount Is Rising From The Dead

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

The ultra high frequency (UHF) Discount is the zombie of media policy, likely to rise from the dead this week at the Federal Communications Commission’s April 20, 2017 meeting. The likely restoration of the UHF Discount raises interesting legal issues, since no one disputes that there the policy rationale for its adoption has long since disappeared. Those arguments will play out at the Federal Communications Commission and, perhaps, in the courts, but this post is about the colorful history of the UHF Discount and why restoring it would likely lead to vastly increased concentration of control of TV stations in this country. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has made plain that he intends to relax or repeal almost all of the Commission’s restrictions on how many media properties a broadcaster can own or operate. However, the very first item on his list, which he has slated for expedited consideration, actually restores a very important, if seemingly arcane, provision that his predecessor had deleted - the so-called UHF discount.

3 GOP Reps Call on Chairman Pai to Soften Business Data Services Proposal

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

Three members of the Arkansas delegation are asking Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to soften his proposal to deregulate the business data services market.

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Beware: The UHF Discount Is Rising From The Dead

The ultra high frequency (UHF) Discount is the zombie of media policy, likely to rise from the dead this week at the Federal Communications Commission’s April 20, 2017 meeting. The likely restoration of the UHF Discount raises interesting legal issues, since no one disputes that there the policy rationale for its adoption has long since disappeared. Those arguments will play out at the Federal Communications Commission and, perhaps, in the courts, but this post is about the colorful history of the UHF Discount and why restoring it would likely lead to vastly increased concentration of control of TV stations in this country.

Google Fiber could get FCC help in fights to compete against AT&T

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

Google Fiber and other Internet service providers that want to build new networks might get good news from the Federal Communications Commission, which is considering rules that would speed up the process of attaching wires to utility poles.

Cable operators to double broadband prices over next several years, analyst predicts

Location:
New Street Research, 1385 Broadway, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
3

Prices charged by cable operators for broadband services will double over the next several years, offsetting declines from broadband saturation and erosion of linear pay-TV services, says New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin.

Have Internet Giants Taken Over Creative Culture?

Apr 20 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

In Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, Jonathan Taplin uses his own extensive experience as a music and film producer to explore the real consequences average consumers stand to face if this monopolistic activity goes unchecked and to recommend potential solutions.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Faces Balancing Act in Net Neutrality Rollback

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai faces a tough challenge in coming days: rolling back network neutrality rules that he regards as an overreach, without reaching too far himself.

President Donald Trump’s Multi-Pronged Attack on the Internet

Location:
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast, Charter (now Spectrum), Verizon, CenturyLink and AT&T account for over 80 percent of wired subscriptions and have almost total power in their territories. According to the Federal Communications Commission, nearly 75 percent of Americans have at most one choice for high-speed data. It’s about to get worse.

Investors, Don’t Get Too Excited About the FCC’s Net Rules

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Shares of broadband providers have run up since the election on the hope that the Trump administration will bring a lighter touch to telecom policy. But even with looser network neutrality rules on the horizon, little may actually change.

‘Nobody’s got to use the Internet’: Rep Sensenbrenner’s response to concerns about Web privacy

Location:
Menomonee Falls, WI, United States
Recommendation:
2

“Nobody’s got to use the Internet. … And the thing is that if you start regulating the Internet like a utility, if we did that right at the beginning, we would have no Internet."

Five Obama-era tech policies on the chopping block

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is just getting started. Here are five regulations or policies he's working to roll back.

The Fuzzy and the Techie: Humanizing Technology to Address Our Gravest Problems

Apr 28 2017 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Scott Hartley is the author of The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World and a venture capitalist and startup advisor.

One broadband choice counts as “competition” in new FCC proposal

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

A Federal Communications Commission plan to eliminate price caps in much of the business broadband market uses a new test for determining whether customers benefit from competition. Even if a business that needs broadband has only one choice today, the FCC would consider the local market competitive if there's a second broadband provider within a half mile.

Tech gears up for showdown over net neutrality

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The tech world is gearing up for a showdown over the Obama-era network neutrality rules.

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Net Neutrality Repeal Begins

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

Last week, news broke that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has developed plans for a fast-track repeal of the FCC’s Open Internet rules. While the plans have only been shared in meetings with broadband industry lobbyists, network neutrality advocates have been quick to criticize the early reports. The always-transparent Chairman Pai has not revealed the plans to the public, but there’s already speculation that a preliminary vote on the proposal could come as early as the FCC’s May meeting.

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