Internet/Broadband

Coverage of how Internet service is deployed, used and regulated.

Supreme Court Extends Time for Title II Appeal

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

The Supreme Court has agreed to give Internet service providers more time to decide whether to appeal a DC Court's ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission's Title II Open Internet order.

Remarks by Joan Marsh at the MMTC 15th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference

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

We live in an age of innovation and disruption, of opportunity and cost, of benefit and risk. As communications technologies continue to evolve, I believe digital equity is within reach, but to achieve it we must continue to bridge gaps – in both access and understanding – and to work together for the communities we all serve.

Rural Broadband Access: Summit Seeks To Connect Leaders

Location:
Marietta, OH, United States

The Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit was created by community organizer and Meigs County resident Liz Shaw and the Citizens Connectivity Council.

President Trump Forms Infrastructure Advisory Council

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

President Donald Trump has signaled that broadband will definitely be part of his planned infrastructure investments. The president issued an executive order July 19 creating the Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure that will include a representative from the communications and technology sector.

The rift between tech firms and activists

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Big technology companies and their longtime allies on the grassroots left are at odds over how to deal with network neutrality — and the fight is getting nasty.

FTC Commissioner McSweeny to FCC: FTC's Consumer Protection Authority Insufficient to Discipline ISPs

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States

Federal Trade Commission member Terrell McSweeny has doubts that the agency's consumer protection authority is sufficient to discipline the actions of broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers if Title II is rolled back and the FTC regains BIAS oversight.

At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World

Location:
United States Army War College, 122 Forbes Ave, Carlisle, PA, 17013, United States

The US Department of Defense faces persistent fundamental change in its strategic and operating environments. This report suggests this reality is the product of the United States entering or being in the midst of a new, more competitive, post-US primacy environment. Post-primacy conditions promise far-reaching impacts on US national security and defense strategy. Consequently, there is an urgent requirement for DoD to examine and adapt how it develops strategy and describes, identifies, assesses, and communicates corporate-level risk. From a defense strategy and planning perspective, post-primacy has five basic defining characteristics including: Hyperconnectivity and the weaponization of information, disinformation, and disaffection.

Investors put a low valuation on the pipes that connect us to the internet

Investors do not put high values on the infrastructure over which all the data travels.

Record 9 million comments flood FCC on net neutrality

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

The US government has received more than 9 million public comments on rolling back network neutrality regulations, a record response to this hot-button issue that both sides argue plays an essential role in who gets Internet access.

Chairman Pai's Response to Sens Wyden, Schatz Regarding ECFS Cyberattack

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

On July 7, 2017, Sens Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to express concern about the FCC facing a similar ...

Net Neutrality: The Social Justice Issue of Our Time

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

The internet plays a critical role in the dissemination of information and services specifically tailored for people of color and other marginalized groups, including LGBT people, because it provides the opportunity for us to tell our own stories and to organize for racial and social justice. That empowerment relies on an open internet and net neutrality.

The Internet Ripoff You're Not Protesting

Location:
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States

All of this network neutrality action involves just the very last part of the communications grid in the US — the “last mile,” or the part of the network that actually touches consumers.

Why Does South Korea Have Faster Internet for a Cheaper Price Tag?

Location:
Republic of Korea, South Korea

How is it possible that the citizens of the last developed democracy have a faster and more affordable internet than Americans?

Remarks of Rachael Bender at the 33rd Annual Conference of the Caribbean Association of Network Telecommunications Organizations

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

[I]t is particularly important that the United States and Caribbean nations collaborate. Our countries share many common interests and significant cultural and economic ties.

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Independence, Net Neutrality, and E-rate are Thorny Issues at FCC Confirmation Hearing

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

On July 19, 2017, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing to examine the nominations of Ajit Pai, Jessica Rosenworcel, and Brendan Carr for seats on the Federal Communications Commission. On March 7, President Donald Trump nominated Pai, the FCC’s current chairman, for a second five-year term ending June 30, 2021. Rosenworcel is nominated for a term that would end June 30, 2020. Carr, the current general counsel at the FCC, has actually been nominated for two terms, one expiring June 30, 2018 and the second ending June 30, 2023. Carr served as legal adviser to then-FCC Commissioner Pai for three years before Pai was named chairman and appointed Carr as general counsel.

EU Court to Rule on ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Outside Europe

Location:
General Court -- Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The European Union’s top court is set to decide whether the bloc’s “right to be forgotten” policy stretches beyond Europe’s borders, a test of how far national laws can—or should—stretch when regulating cyberspace.

How net-neutrality advocates would let President Trump control the Internet

Location:
TechFreedom, Washington, DC, United States

Recently, millions of Americans, mainly on the left, rallied behind a cause larger than themselves: maximizing President Donald Trump’s power over the Internet. Wait. What?

Net Neutrality Or Continued Innovation? Can't We Have Both?

Location:
Georgetown University, 36th Street, NW & Prospect St, NW Walsh Building Room 395, Washington, DC, United States

These needless and dangerous innovation-killers, in addition to the other legal and economic problems caused by the hastily-crafted 2015 Open Internet order, justify FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to reverse course and return ISPs to full participation in the Internet ecosystem, where they operated without violating even a strict definition of “net neutrality” for twenty years.

Court: Warrantless requests to track cellphones, Internet use grew sevenfold in D.C. in three years

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Sealed law enforcement requests to track Americans without a warrant through cellphone location records or Internet activity grew sevenfold in the past three years in the District, new information released by a federal judge shows.

Net neutrality is dying with a whimper

Location:
USA, United States

Prior to the July 12 protest, news outlets were warning their readers to “prepare to be assaulted” by the extent of the protest, after major players like Google, Facebook, Netflix, and Amazon announced their participation in the Day of Action. But as many of those same news outlets have since pointed out, the aforementioned major players barely did anything to promote the protest where it counted: on their most visible and highly trafficked homepages and within their mobile apps.

Silicon Valley mostly quiet in internet surveillance debate in Congress

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

Apparently, Facebook, Alphabet's Google, Apple, and other major technology firms are largely absent from a debate over the renewal of a broad US internet surveillance law, weakening prospects for privacy reforms that would further protect customer data.

Remarks of Commissioner Clyburn Appalachian Ohio-West VA Connectivity Summit

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

If you care about robust broadband, if you care about being able to use the internet without your service provider compromising your privacy, picking winners and losers online, if you want infrastructure built in your communities, then you cannot remain on the sidelines.

The White House Endorses the FCC’s effort to roll back its net neutrality rules

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

The Trump Administration has signaled that it stands behind efforts by the Federal Communications Commission and its Chairman, Ajit Pai, to roll back the agency's network neutrality regulations for Internet providers.

FCC refuses to release text of more than 40,000 net neutrality complaints

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

The Federal Communications Commission has denied a request to extend the deadline for filing public comments on its plan to overturn net neutrality rules, and the FCC is refusing to release the text of more than 40,000 net neutrality complaints that it has received since June 2015.

Congress Should Decide Net Neutrality. Too Bad It Doesn't Have The Bandwidth

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

As Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai moves his agency toward rolling back Obama-era network neutrality rules, more voices are calling for a lasting solution to the debate: a new law.

Internet Association blasts Fight for the Future for including Rep Scalise ad campaign

Location:
Internet Association, Washington, DC, United States

The Internet Association, a trade group representing internet companies, lashed out at a pro-net neutrality group July 18 for initially saying that they planned to go after Rep Steve Scalise (R-LA) with billboard attack ads.

OTI Urges FCC to Abandon “Radical” and “Extreme” Net Neutrality Plan

Location:
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The Open Technology Institute asked the Federal Communications Commission to rescind a dangerous proposal to repeal the agency’s 2015 network neutrality rules.

The Effect of Regulation on Broadband: Evaluating the Empirical Evidence in the FCC’s 2015 “Open Internet Order.” Net Neutrality Special Issue Blog #5

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

This blog post is the fifth in a series featuring the contents of a recent special issue of the Review of Industrial Organization, organized by the Technology Policy Institute and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition.

LEAD Commission Wants Pai E-Rate Commitment

Location:
Leading by Advancing Digital (LEAD), Washington, DC, United States

The LEAD Commission wants senators to put a spotlight on E-rate when it puts the spotlight on Federal Communications Commission nominees in a hearing July 19.

Don’t Make Applying for E-rate Fiber Even Harder

Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Applying for E-rate funding is not simple, especially for applicants seeking fiber-based services. Applicants must have an in-depth knowledge of dark vs. lit fiber, self-provisioning, and special construction, and that’s just the beginning. The vast majority of schools and libraries have to hire consultants to guide them through the labyrinth of E-rate rules and procedures. So the last thing we should want is to make the E-rate application even more difficult.

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