Agenda

What's on the agenda for policymakers.

Net Neutrality Protesters Face FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

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

More than a dozen protesters from Free Press, Demand Progress, Open Media, Popular Resistance and the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press took a stand for Net Neutrality at the Federal Communications Commission.

Eying an Opening, CenturyLink and Frontier Seek Regulatory Relief for Business Data Services

Location:
Frontier Communications, 3 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT, 06905, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink and Frontier apparently see the current Federal Communications Commission administration as potentially sympathetic to their concerns about business data services regulation.

FCC Announces Rollout of Version 3.0 of the Network Outage Reporting System

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

By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau announces the rollout of Version 3.0 of the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS). Under Part 4 of the Commission’s rules, certain communications providers (e.g., wireless, wireline, cable, satellite communications and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)) must report significant disruptions or outages to their communications systems.

Muni broadband customers could lose service unless a new bill becomes law

Location:
Pinetops, NC, United States
Recommendation:
2

In 2016, North Carolina won a court case against the Federal Communications Commission, a victory that allowed it to restore a state law that restricts the growth of municipal broadband networks. This created an immediate problem for new customers of one municipal-run broadband provider.

US public broadcasting, target of Trump cuts, found its voice amid presidential scandal

Location:
Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street Uris Hall, Room 142, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

The much-discussed President Donald Trump federal budget proposal zeros-out the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts, both of which also support some public broadcast programming. What not everyone may realize is that the partisan threat to federal funding is at the core of public broadcasting’s origin story a half century ago—and that its first, and unlikely, prime-time stars won fame by allowing the most significant presidential scandal in our history to unfold right in America’s living rooms.

Cybersecurity for a New America Conference

Mar 20 2017 - 9:00am - 6:15pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

The 2017 Cybersecurity Conference will consider policy unknowns in cybersecurity, and look at long-term trends and immediate prospects for the next administration and the 115th Congress.

Hearing on Russian Active Measures Investigation

Mar 20 2017 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location:
House Committee on Intelligence, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

An open hearing on its investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign.

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Why Radical Deregulation Is Happening So Fast At The FCC

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

President Donald Trump has moved quickly to use Executive Orders and other plenary powers to deliver on some of his major campaign promises on issues such as immigration, the Dakota Access pipeline and appointment of a conservative Supreme Court Justice. For the most part, however, his promised deregulatory assault on what his chief strategist Steven Bannon calls the “Administrative State” has not advanced as quickly. Hundreds of top-level positions at Executive Branch agencies remain vacant, and the process of rescinding regulatory policies can be cumbersome and time consuming. There is at least one important exception - media and telecommunications regulation at the Federal Communications Commission. Within weeks after taking office, newly-designated FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has moved aggressively and with unprecedented speed to overturn many recent FCC decisions and changed some longstanding policies. While some of these actions are more symbolic in nature, others have had immediate and significant impact. Many more such actions are likely to be unveiled in the weeks, not to mention months, to come.

Trump’s Wiretap Accusations Renew Debate About Privacy

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

Even if President Trump’s wiretap claim was groundless, as seems all but certain, it has unexpectedly renewed a debate on the left as well as the right over whether security agencies invade Americans’ privacy and could undermine democracy.

Time Warner and AT&T Are a Deal-Anxiety Barometer

Location:
Wall Street, 11 Wall Street, New York, NY, 10005, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Trump administration at times wears its populist hat and at others its pro-business hat. When it comes to antitrust enforcement, investors are betting it is sporting the latter.

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Why Radical Deregulation Is Happening So Fast At The FCC

President Donald Trump has moved quickly to use Executive Orders and other plenary powers to deliver on some of his major campaign promises on issues such as immigration, the Dakota Access pipeline and appointment of a conservative Supreme Court Justice. For the most part, however, his promised deregulatory assault on what his chief strategist Steven Bannon calls the “Administrative State” has not advanced as quickly. Hundreds of top level positions at Executive Branch agencies remain vacant, and the process of rescinding regulatory policies can be cumbersome and time consuming. There is at least one important exception - media and telecommunications regulation at the Federal Communications Commission.

Why Eliminating Government Agencies Is A Lot Easier Said Than Done

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Donald Trump's budget blueprint calls for eliminating dozens of government programs and zeroing out funding for 19 independent agencies. And that may only be a preview of things to come as the Trump administration seeks to reorganize the executive branch.

Chairman Pai to Address American Cable Association March 30

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will address the American Cable Association's annual policy summit in Washington (DC).

FCC Agenda for Meeting On March 23, 2017

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

The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Sens Capito, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Measure the Economic Impact of Broadband on US Economy

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sens Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus, have introduced bipartisan legislation to measure the economic impact of broadband on the US economy.

Why 2017 Will Be A Huge Year For Telecom And Media Mergers

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A combination of political transition, economic forces, and good timing may spark a flurry of mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications and media industries in 2017.

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Chairman Pai, Tell Us What You're Thinking About Freedom of the Press

Location:
Benton Foundation, 727 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, United States
Recommendation:
5

Concerned with a “lack of full transparency,” all of the Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee wrote a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on March 10 asking him six questions on his views on the media and whether he will uphold the First Amendment rights of journalists and media outlets.

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Chairman Pai, Tell Us What You're Thinking About Freedom of the Press

Concerned with a “lack of full transparency,” all of the Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee wrote a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on March 10 asking him six questions on his views on the media and whether he will uphold the First Amendment rights of journalists and media outlets. Senate Democrats have asked Chairman Pai for a reply by Friday, March 17. As the nation's lead communications regulator, it is imperative Chairman Pai affirm his commitment to free speech and freedom of the press and publicly post his answers to the senators this week. He should also address EPIC's request and release any information related to the March meeting with President Trump. The American people have a right to know what the FCC Chairman believes about freedom of the press – if he will stand up and speak out -- and we deserve to know now.

House Communications Subcommittee Hearing March 21 Looks Into Lowering Broadband Barriers

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

The House Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing March 21 on how to eliminate barriers to broadband infrastructure.

Bringing the Benefits of the Digital Age to All Americans

Mar 15 2017 - 9:30am - 11:00am
Location:
Software Engineering Institute, 4500 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, United States

Join Ajit Pai in his first major policy address since becoming Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission

Broadband: Deploying America’s 21st Century Infrastructure

Mar 21 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

Last Congress, the subcommittee reviewed several proposals to improve broadband deployment. This hearing will build off of that work and will examine ways to eliminate barriers to broadband infrastructure development. Members will look at draft legislation to streamline the permitting and siting process at the federal level to spur private sector investment and bring increased and more efficient broadband across the country.

CSN Chicago Winds Up to Air Original Cubs Documentary

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
3

CSN Chicago plans to air an original documentary about Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, in which the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in extra innings to win their first championship in 108 years.

Will The FCC Raise Limits On TV Station Ownership?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

For many TV industry analysts, it seems an easy projection: The new Trump Administration will mean less regulation for the TV businesses -- particularly for TV station groups, which could mean high merger activity. But Barclays Capital says don't be too sure.

Net neutrality dead on arrival? Here's what's next for the internet

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Just two years after adopting its network neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission could be on the cusp of tearing them down.

Chairman Pai Announces The Appointment Of A New Tribal Representative To The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced the appointment of one Tribal representative to the FCC's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC) to bring the IAC to its full strength of 15 members.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn, 2017 WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband Spring Meeeting

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

I would like to address three broad topics today: our progress towards 5G, continued universal service reform, the media landscape, and close with a look at this new era at the Federal Communications Commission and my role in it.

Pai’s Calendar Shows Peek at Agenda

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

Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai held a flurry of meetings with congressional Republicans and television broadcasters in the weeks before he took charge of the FCC, records obtained show — offering a flavor of his priorities and agenda as he sought the agency's top slot.

Addressing Rural Broadband in Infrastructure Legislation: An Overview of SHLB's Rural ABC Plan

Mar 16 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

As the presidential election revealed, rural communities feel neglected and left behind. That's why SHLB's next Grow2Gig+ webinar will explore the specific broadband needs of rural America and how the upcoming infrastructure bill has the power to address those needs.

Tech Policy Outlook in the 45th Administration

Mar 14 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
Old School Bar, 401 E 6th St, Austin, TX, 78701, United States

2017 will mark the beginning of a new administration in the White House and with this change in leadership will come new legislative priorities. What does this new administration have in store for the technology industry? What issues will become legislative priorities? This panel of experts will discuss what the technology policy community can expect from the next four years.

Activism in the Era of Social Media Surveillance

Mar 13 2017 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location:
Hilton Austin Downtown, 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX, 78701, United States

Police across the country have been secretly piggybacking on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to surveil protesters, particularly activists of color. In late 2016, the ACLU of California discovered secretive data deals that made this monitoring possible and pushed them into the light, leading the platforms to sever ties with a set of surveillance companies. But much more needs to be done to make sure social media remains a tool for social movements and not a platform for digital surveillance by governments. Join experts to find out what’s happening and learn what communities are doing to stop discriminatory surveillance and safeguard civil rights and civil liberties.

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