John Eggerton

New Bill Would Make Copyright Chief Term-Limited POTUS Pick

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 was introduced late March 23. The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), would make the position a presidential appointment, requiring confirmation by the Senate, and with a term limit of 10 years.

AT&T, DOJ Settle Dodgers Suit

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

The Department of Justice has reached a settlement with DirecTV parent AT&T in which it agreed not to share "confidential, forward-looking information with competitors."

Supporters Rallied Against Senate Broadband Privacy Regulation Rollback

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Warning that Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on rolling back Federal Communications Commission broadband privacy regulations as early as March 23, Public Knowledge is trying to get supporters of the regulations to ask their Congresional members to push back.

Dish to Rep Eshoo: We Agree Consumers Shouldn't Be Pawns

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Not surprisingly, Dish blamed Hearst for the ongoing retransmission consent impasse that kept Hearst stations of the satellite operator. That came in response to a letter from Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA) late last week.

Sens Markey, Gillibrand Tell President Trump They'll Fight for CPB

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sens Ed Markey (D-MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) wrote President Donald Trump to register their opposition to defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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).

Competitive Carriers Association to FCC: Roll Back Privacy Regulations

Location:
Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), 805 15th St. NW formerly the Rural Cellular Association (RCA), Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Competitive Carriers Association says the Federal Communications Commission has plenty of reason for undoing the October 2016 broadband privacy order, which Internet service providers, advertisers, congressional Republicans and others are pushing for.

Oracle to Pai: Repudiate Wheeler's Tech-Favoritism Policies

Location:
Oracle, 500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA, 94065, United States
Recommendation:
3

Silicon Valley giant Oracle has asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to rethink the FCC's broadband privacy framework, saying former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's characterization of Internet service providers as gatekeepers was off the mark and to "repudiate" what it said was the Wheeler FCC's policies "favoring one technology sub-sector over all others."

House Commerce Democrats Offer Quintet of Tech/Broadband Bills

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Commerce Committee Democrats have introduced a quintet of tech-related, particularly broadband-related, bills that would, among other things, help displaced workers get broadband for re-training, address the "homework gap," better target broadband subsidies, and boost tribal access.

Free State: FCC Should Scrap Broadband Privacy Order

Location:
Free State Foundation, 6259 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD, 20852, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Free State Foundation, a free market think tank focused on communications and content rights issues, has told the Federal Communications Commission it needs to scrap its new privacy rules for Internet service provider data collection and sharing—or at least amend them to square with the Federal Trade Commission's approach to regulating edge provider collection and sharing.

Common Sense Kids Action Calls for Restoring Lifeline Eligibilities

Location:
Common Sense Media, 650 Townsend, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
3

Common Sense Kids Action has joined with educational groups to champion the restoration of Lifeline eligibility for nine companies.

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.

Spicer Circulates News Story Predicting Noncom Media Fund Slashing

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

The White House was not taking issue with a Washington Post story saying the President planned to slash the funding for public broadcasting in his budget, expected to be released March 16.

Amerian Cable Association Pushes FCC to End Charter's Overbuild Condition

Location:
American Cable Association, One Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220, United States
Recommendation:
3

The American Cable Association has filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of 38 small and mid-sized Internet service providers asking the FCC to remove the overbuild condition in the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger.

Mozilla Adds Two Cities to Gigabit Community Fund

Location:
Eugene, OR, United States
Recommendation:
3

Mozilla (Firefox) is adding two cities to its Gigabit Community Fund. The fund is awarding $300,000 in grants to leverage gigabit fiber networks in Eugene (OR) and Lafayette (LA) the company said.

FCC Reaffirms Cultural Programming Can Fill Educational Bill

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

The Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Ajit Pai has struck a blow for cultural programming. The FCC has denied a complaint by Beasley Broadcast Group against a Tampa (FL) noncommercial low-power FM station for airing an all-music lineup when it promised a range of educational and cultural programming when it applied for the license.

Rep Blackburn Unveils Broadband Rule Smackdown Resolution

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

Republicans are going after the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules with both barrels. House Communications Subcommittee Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced her version of a Congressional Review Act resolution invalidating the FCC's Oct 27 order.

State Privacy and Security Coalition Pans FCC Data-Breach Deadlines

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

The State Privacy and Security Coalition has asked the Federal Communications Commission to grant the petitions of Internet service providers, advertising agencies and others to reconsider its broadband privacy rules.

Civil Rights Groups Seek Meeting With FCC's Pai

Location:
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 1629 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—whose over 200 members include the Communications Workers of America, the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League—has written Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to express concerns about his early actions as chairman.

Survey: Kids Value News But Don't Trust It

Location:
Common Sense Media, 650 Townsend, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new study by Common Sense Media found that while young people value news media, they say they are often fooled by fake news, which may account for the fact that only a quarter of them put a lot of trust in the information they get.

Sen Markey Introduces Bill to Boost Broadband in Developing World

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

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) has introduced a bill to boost the Barack Obama Administration era Global Connect Initiative, including through additional funding for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and with the goal of boosting access to broadband in developing countries.

FCC's March 8 Hearing in House Postponed

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 is postponing its planned March 8 Federal Communications Commission reauthorization hearing at which all the commissioners had been expected to testify.

National Association of Broadcasters: Repack Time, Money Insufficient

Location:
National Association of Broadcasters, 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

A broadcaster witness representing the National Association of Broadcasters told a Senate panel that broadcasters still don't think the 39-month timetable for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction and the $1.75 billion relocation fund will be sufficient.

NTCA to Senate: Experience Counts With Broadband Subsidies

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Broadband got a lot of attention from the Senate March 1 at an infrastructure hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee, including calls from a transportation official to protect the connected-car spectrum cable operators are convinced can be shared with their Wi-Fi offerings.

President Says He Tweets to Bypass 'Dishonest' Media

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

President Donald Trump says that he tweets to "get around the dishonest media," and if he felt all or most of the media were honest, he wouldn't do it.

Sen Markey Joins Public Interest Groups in Opposition to Congressional Plan to Kill Online Privacy

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) laid down another marker on the issue of broadband privacy, headlining a press conference with privacy groups vowing to fight Republican efforts in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission to roll back FCC broadband privacy rules.

Rep Pallone Seeks GAO Study of Broadband Privacy Oversight

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Government Accountability Office has been asked by House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to study the status of broadband privacy regulatory authority over both Internet service providers and the edge.

ACA to FCC: Bundling Is Biggest Diversity Damper

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

The American Cable Association, joined by some independent programmers, told the Federal Communications Commission in reply comments that forced bundling of channels is the biggest obstacle to a thriving and diverse program marketplace.

FCC Grants First 100% Foreign Control of US Broadcasters

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

The Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau has granted a petition by a pair of Australian citizens to control 100% of broadcast stations (four radio stations in Alaska and Texas).

Groups Push Chairman Pai to Reverse Lifeline Move

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

Over 40 groups have written Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to ask him to reverse the decision to rescind Lifeline broadband subsidy eligibility for nine companies.