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AT&T-Time Warner Deal, an Early Trump Target, Reaches Advanced Stage

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States

Apparently, the government review of AT&T’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner has reached an advanced stage, people close to the situation said, a significant milestone in a deal that was closely watched for signs of how the Trump administration would view large mergers.

Tech-Powered Civic Engagement Playbook Launch

Sep 7 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
Google (DC), 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, United States

Next Century Cities invites you to the official launch of our playbook: 5 Lessons for Tech-Powered Civic Engagement.

Protests against Google are postponed as culture wars roil Silicon Valley

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

Plans to protest outside Google’s offices this weekend have been postponed, but conservatives are taking America’s culture wars directly to Silicon Valley, a place that was long insulated from political rancor but is now one of the most important ideological battlegrounds.

Waiting on Redl

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration still lacks official leadership in the Trump administration, following Senate difficulties to advance even a committee vote earlier in August on NTIA administrator-nominee David Redl.

Google protest just the start as far right targets Bay Area

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

In the wake of deadly protest violence in Charlottesville, the liberal Bay Area will find itself at the epicenter of conservative demonstrations beginning this weekend.

Net Neutrality Backers Vow to Push FCC Despite Short Comment Extension

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

Though they received only a two-week extension to a deadline for public comments on proposed changes to network neutrality rules, rather than the eight weeks they had sought, net neutrality proponents say they remain focused on making sure the Federal Communications Commission continues to hear from the public.

Perspectives on FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

Aug 18 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Location:
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), 1101 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Congress starts work on net neutrality — but does it understand the issue?

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

The proposed witness list for a September network neutrality hearing at the House Commerce Committee betrays a dismaying ignorance about why net neutrality is an issue.

FCC Extends Restoring Internet Freedom Reply Deadline to Aug. 30

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

By this Order, the Federal Communications Commission extends the deadline for filing reply comments in response to the Restoring Internet Freedom Notice of Proposed Rulemaking until August 30, 2017.

Chairman Pai Teeing Up Media Ownership Order

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

Apparently, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is working on a media ownership order that would allow newspaper-broadcast and radio-TV cross-ownership.

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Got a Smartphone? Then You've Got Broadband!

It’s that time of year again. The Federal Communications Commission launched its annual inquiry into whether broadband (or, more formally, “advanced telecommunications capability”) is being deployed to all Americans in a “reasonable and timely fashion.” Although the FCC launched a proceeding in August 2016, asking a number of questions about broadband deployment, the commission did not issue a subsequent report. Under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC is updating the inquiry and asking different questions. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, in response, raised some concerns over how the inquiry is being framed, and how this may lead to a particular outcome. The results of this inquiry will be significant, as they dictate future FCC broadband policy.

Net Neutrality Advocacy Day Planned for Sept 27

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

Network neutrality advocates have set Sept 27 for their next coordinated protest of rolling back the Title II classification, as the Republican-majority Federal Communications Commission has proposed.

Lawmakers Eying Elimination of FCC’s Media Cross-Ownership Rule

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Republican Reps are seeking to eliminate the Federal Communications Commission’s newspaper and broadcast cross-ownership rule through draft legislation reauthorizing the federal agency.

The Future of Broadband in Underserved Areas

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

At a recent panel convened by the Wireless Future Project at New America, Ellen Satterwhite, of the American Library Association, noted that 40 percent of libraries cannot meet the minimum speed requirements set by the FCC.

Dispute Over Public Officials and Social Media

Location:
USA, United States

An emerging debate about whether elected officials violate people's free speech rights by blocking them on social media is spreading across the US as groups sue or warn politicians to stop the practice.

Network Neutrality Fake Out

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

As the number of online comments in the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality proceeding soars to record highs, groups on both sides of the debate are calling on Congress to investigate mounting allegations of fake public input.

Who’s Afraid of Sinclair Broadcasting?

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

In a perplexing dance toward consensus, left and right have united to pour vinegar on Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s effort to add Tribune Media’s 42 television stations to the 173 it already owns.

Embracing Innovation and Diversity in Cybersecurity

Aug 11 2017 - 9:30am - 11:30am
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Rep Eshoo to Keynote INCOMPAS Show Oct 15-17

Location:
INCOMPAS, 1200 G St. NW (formerly COMPTEL), Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA) will deliver the keynote speech at the INCOMPAS Show Oct. 15-17 in San Francisco (CA). Rep Eshoo represents Silicon Valley and INCOMPAS members comprise some major edge players, including Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Netflix, as well as competitive carriers.

Reps Pallone, Doyle Provide GOP Eight Witnesses For September Net Neutrality Hearing to Ensure Diverse Perspectives

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, United States

House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA) wrote to Republican Committee leaders with a list of eight additional witnesses that they say should be added for the full committee hearing on the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality hearing.

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Senate Confirms Two FCC Nominees, Chairman Pai's Confirmation Waits

On August 3, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr to be members of the Federal Communications Commission. The commissioners join FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O'Rielly to implement and enforce America’s communications law and regulations. Rosenworcel and Carr were confirmed without debate -- sorta. The full Senate confirmed 63 presidential nominees by unanimous consent. But both Rosenworcel and Carr faced a bit of drama. And Chairman Pai -- who President Donald Trump has nominated for a new, five-year term -- will have to wait on his confirmation.

FCC Opens Inquiry Into New Opportunities in Mid-Band Spectrum

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

The Federal Communications Commission launched a new inquiry seeking comment on ways to expand opportunities for next-generation services – particularly wireless broadband services – in mid-band spectrum. The NOI seeks comment on three specific mid-range bands (3.7-4.2 GHz, 5.925-6.425 GHz, and 6.425-7.125 GHz), and asks commenters to identify other non-federal mid-band frequencies that may be suitable for expanded flexible use.

Key Stakeholders Support AIRWAVES Bill — for Different Reasons

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Often sparring partners, the wireless industry and public interest advocates both came out in support of the AIRWAVES Act — but with very different hopes for where the legislation would lead.

Antitrust Nominee Makan Delrahim Assured Senator Blumenthal He Wasn’t Lobbied by White House on AT&T Deal

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead antitrust enforcement at the Justice Department recently agreed to tell lawmakers if the White House tries to improperly influence any decision he makes on whether to allow AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The commitment came in a meeting between the nominee, Makan Delrahim, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who wrote a July 24 letter memorializing the discussion.

GOP Takes on Lifeline (Again)

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Rep Austin Scott (R-GA) brought back his End Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act before House lawmakers left town. That’s the legislation that GOP leadership fast-tracked straight to floor consideration immediately after its introduction in 2016.

Companies brace for European privacy rules

Location:
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

US companies are largely unprepared for what's about to hit them when sweeping new European Union data laws take effect in 2018.

Community Broadband Workshop (Charleston)

Sep 19 2017 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Location:
Jackson Kelly PLLC, 500 Lee Street East Suite 1600, Charleston, WV, 25301, United States

BT offers to spend up to £600 million on rural broadband in UK

Location:
British Telecommunications, 81 Newgate Street, London, EC1A 7AJ, United Kingdom

BT has offered to spend up to £600 million to connect the final 1 million homes and businesses in rural areas of Britain to a broadband connection suitable for most needs.

Major Tech CEOs aren’t committing to testify to the US Congress on net neutrality

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

Amazon, Facebook, Google and Netflix — along with their telecommunication industry foes —have not committed to sending their chief executives to testify before the US Congress in September on the future of network neutrality.

Deletion of Agenda Item From August 3, 2017 Open Meeting

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

The following Agenda item has been adopted by the Commission, and deleted from the list of items scheduled for consideration at the Thursday, August 3, 2017:

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