Agenda

What's on the agenda for policymakers.

FCC Weighs Revamping Ownership Rules Before Sinclair Deal

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has told an opponent of Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed purchase of Tribune Media that the agency may review media ownership rules before ruling on the $3.9 billion deal, something that could delay a decision on the merger.

FCC Chairman Pai's bind: Defend President Trump or free speech

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai may have to pick between the Constitution and President Trump.

Silicon Valley Vs. Wall Street: Can the New Long-Term Stock Exchange Disrupt Capitalism?

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

Silicon Valley’s high-tech denizens complain the public stock markets are marred by a narrow focus on short-term earnings and profits. Now they are actually doing something about it, by launching a new framework for corporate governance, investing and trading called the Long-Term Stock Exchange.

FirstNet's fight for customers will continue long past opt-in deadline

Location:
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

FirstNet and AT&T continue to garner commitments from states and territories looking to use the nation’s first dedicated network for emergency workers. Even if they get every region they’re targeting, though, they’ll have to continue to fight to win over local municipalities.

Supreme Court to consider major digital privacy case on Microsoft e-mail storage

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

The Supreme Court accepted a second important case on digital privacy, agreeing to hear a dispute between the federal government and Microsoft about e-mails stored overseas.

Remarks By FCC Chairman Ajit Pai At The Disability Advisory Committee Meeting

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

When I spoke to you in March, I noted that the Commission was about to vote on an order to improve VRS interoperability, quality, and efficiency. I am happy to say that this order has since been released, and we have made several other important strides since then. And at our upcoming Commission meeting on October 24, we will vote on an order to apply hearing aid compatibility requirements to wireline phones using Voice over Internet Protocol.

Congressional Lawmakers Push Chairman Pai to Hold to TV Station Repack Timeline

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

A letter from almost five dozen members of Congress, including from both parties, calls on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai not to move off the FCC's current timeline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction and freeing up spectrum for wireless broadband.

The Hidden History of America’s “Code Girls”

Oct 17 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Join Liza Mundy and contemporary technologists to consider the hidden lives of heroic Americans and what their stories tell us about women in computer science today.

Digital China: What Are China’s Leaders & Scholars Saying About Their Plans for Cyberspace?

Oct 17 2017 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Insights on China’s plans for the digital economy, including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies, internet governance, and much more. What have Chinese officials already told the world? What goals has Beijing already achieved? Where has China run into challenges? What new initiatives should we expect from the 19th Party Congress, the 4th World Internet Conference, and beyond? What does this mean for the United States?

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Technology for the People

Oct 18 2017 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location:
Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, 94105, United States

Anne-Marie Slaughter will talk about local changemakers and how civic technology can be the best way to encourage citizens to organize, participate and act in government.

Old Laws and New Technology: How Can We Keep Up?

Oct 17 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Around the world legal frameworks are failing to keep pace with technology. Nations are struggling to secure consumers’ privacy and conflicted about how best to manage the effects of powerful new technologies like artificial intelligence without stifling innovation.

Understanding Demand for Broadband: Willingness to Pay for Bandwidth and Latency

Oct 19 2017 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 409 12th Street SW Second Floor, Washington, DC, 20024, United States

How to define “broadband” is a key part of today’s policy debates. The debate tends to focus solely on bandwidth and generally downplays consumer preferences. A new paper by TPI President Scott Wallsten and Indiana University Kelly School of Business coauthors Jeffrey Prince and Yu-Hsin Liu sheds light on these issues by estimating empirically how consumers value various attributes of broadband, including bandwidth, latency, and data caps.

Technology, Media & Democracy: Moving from Problems to Solutions

Location:
Time Warner, 1 Time Warner Center 58th St. between 8th and 9th Ave, New York, NY, 10019, United States

In the session, we'll identify the issues and begin to set an agenda to explore solutions for trust, business models, and platforms. Lots of things are broken. How do we prioritize what to fix first? Who should be able to help? How can technology help?

Feasibility Studies for Municipal Broadband: The Good, The Bad, and the Best Practices

Oct 18 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

When it comes to developing and expanding municipal broadband networks, there is no one-size-fits-all model. Proper planning will ensure the right solution is identified before significant time and money is invested. In this webinar, Vantage Point Solutions will provide you with best practices and guidance on what you should do during the planning phase of a broadband project - and what you can save for later. This session will help you avoid pitfalls that create delays and problems and maximize the success of your planning process.

Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats

Location:
USA, United States

Tech companies are under fire for creating problems instead of solving them.

House FCC Oversight Hearing Slated for Oct 25

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

The House Communications Subcommittee plans to hold a Federal Communication Commission oversight hearing Oct 25.

GAO to probe FCC cyberattack that struck amid net neutrality debate

Location:
Government Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

The government's top watchdog has agreed to investigate the reported cyberattack that targeted the Federal Communications Commission earlier in 2017 while the agency was preparing to roll back net neutrality regulations.

FCC Reauthorization Bill Referred to Full Committee

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

The House Communications Subcommittee on Oct 11 marked up a bipartisan discussion draft of legislation reauthorizing the Federal Communications Commission and made short work of it, voting unanimously to refer the draft to the full House Commerce Committee and taking less than a half hour to do it.

Chairman Pai Remarks at Reagan Presidential Library

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

As the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, I have a special interest in the progress that was made in communications and technology policy during the Reagan ...

CenturyLink pleads with FCC to approve Level 3 acquisition

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States

CenturyLink is making a final push to get the Federal Communications Commission to approve its pending acquisition of Level 3 Communications, with hopes of closing it in October 2017.

FCC Reauthorization

Oct 11 2017 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

The Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a markup of a bill to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission.

The one change we need to surveillance law

Location:
University of Chicago, 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60637, United States

Congress is about to make a major decision about privacy protection, civil liberties and national security. The 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, including its most controversial provision, Section 702, is set to expire on Dec. 31.

House Russia Investigators Call Facebook, Twitter for Nov 1 Hearing

Location:
House Committee on Intelligence, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

The House Intelligence Committee is asking officials from Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet’s Google to testify publicly as part of its Russia probe on Nov. 1, the same day as a planned Senate Intelligence hearing.

Two More Paperwork Burdens Proposed for Relaxation Under FCC’s Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

Location:
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, 1800 M Street NW Suite 800N, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

In addition to the elimination of the main studio rule, another media item is proposed for consideration at the Federal Communications Commission’s October 24 meeting.

FCC to Hold Accessibility Innovations Expo Oct 23

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

The Federal Communications Commission announced it will host an Accessibility Innovations Expo from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 23, 2017.

Bipartisan group of lawmakers seek to impose new limit on U.S. government spy power

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

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to impose a significant new restraint on law enforcement’s access to data gathered by the National Security Agency under a powerful authority that enables collection of foreign intelligence on U.S. soil.

Facebook and Twitter will testify to the U.S. Congress on Russia and the 2016 presidential election

Location:
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Constitution Avenue and 2nd Street, NE Hart 211, Washington, DC, United States

Facebook and Twitter have each agreed to appear before US lawmakers and testify publicly as part of a congressional probe into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

David-vs-Goliath Battle Ahead for CBRS Spectrum, Better Fixed Wireless Broadband in Play

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

The Federal Communications Commission will vote later in Oct to explore rule changes for the 3550-3700 MHz spectrum band, known as the CBRS band, including the possibility of larger license areas for longer time periods.

A Jump-Start for Restoring Communications Networks in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

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

Hurricane Maria has had a catastrophic impact on communications networks in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Federal Communications Commission has been doing a lot to assist with repair and restoration—and that work continues.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For October 2017 Open Meeting

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the October Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, 2017:

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