Internet/Broadband

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

Student data privacy: Moving from fear to responsible use

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

In the last two years, there has been a perfect storm on the topic of student data privacy.

Doctors fire back at bad Yelp reviews — and reveal patients’ information online

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Burned by negative reviews, some health providers are casting their patients’ privacy aside and sharing intimate details online as they try to rebut criticism.

Is America's Strongest Biometric Privacy Law About To Be Gutted?

Location:
Illinois General Assembly, Springfield, IL, 62706, United States
Recommendation:
2

One way to avoid difficult legislation is to change the law altogether. At least, that might be what is about to happen in Illinois. One of the strongest state digital privacy statutes may soon be gutted.

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Lessons from the 2016 Net Inclusion Summit

Location:
Kansas City, KS, United States
Recommendation:
2

On May 18th and 19th, I had the pleasure of attending the first (and hopefully annual) Net Inclusion Summit, hosted by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), at the beautiful Kansas City Public Library. Policymakers, academics, city officials, librarians, advocates, citizens, and corporate representatives came together to discuss one of the most important and growing topics in the field of telecommunications policy: digital inclusion. The flurry of activities -- panels, workshops, and speeches -- all revolved around how to expand access, adoption, and use of broadband. There were so many great individuals and organizations gathered there. Through their conversations, there emerged several lessons learned and many important questions raised over how to best increase digital inclusion.

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

A majority of U.S. adults – 62% – get news on social media, and 18% do so often.

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Lessons from the 2016 Net Inclusion Summit

On May 18th and 19th, I had the pleasure of attending the first (and hopefully annual) Net Inclusion Summit, hosted by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), at the beautiful Kansas City Public Library. Policymakers, academics, city officials, librarians, advocates, citizens, and corporate representatives came together to discuss one of the most important and growing topics in the field of telecommunications policy: digital inclusion. Through their conversations, there emerged several lessons learned and many important questions raised, over how to best promote digital inclusion.

Microsoft/Facebook to lay massive undersea cable

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States

A 4,000 mile undersea cable deal announced by Microsoft and Facebook is just the latest of a dozen high capacity trans-oceanic cables being built by tech companies to deal with their insatiable demand for bandwidth.

Internet Access Isn’t Just A Tech Issue. It’s A Civil Rights Issue.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
4

In major metropolitan areas across the US, unequal access to the Internet is cutting some people off from a better future. Citizens on the wrong side of the digital gap are losing out on economic, educational and social opportunities. It’s not just a technical problem for the 21st century. “This is a civil rights issue,” said Bill Callahan, director of Connect Your Community.

Public Knowledge Supports FCC Spectrum Sharing Notice, Urges FCC to Open Privacy and Cybersecurity Proceeding

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

The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a public notice that seeks comment on testing spectrum sharing on the 5.9GHz band.

Will 5G Enable Wireless Replacement of Home Broadband and Disrupt FTTH?

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

Ever since the advent of 3G wireless, there’s been debate as to whether significant wireless replacement of home broadband service is possible. After all, wireless replacement of home voice service helped decimate the pure wireline voice business for many carriers. Will the same happen for home broadband and put ongoing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) investment at risk?

What the US government really thinks about encryption

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The national debate over the growing use of encryption on consumer devices is often framed in stark terms: Silicon Valley versus Washington in a bicoastal battle over privacy. But inside the Obama Administration, a vigorous debate over the merits of widespread encryption is playing out, with many key government figures quietly advocating against any government policy decision or legislation that would force tech companies to weaken privacy-enhancing products to allow greater government access to communications.

Facebook data transfers threatened by EU ruling

Location:
Republic of Ireland, Ireland
Recommendation:
2

Irish authorities have warned that a crucial data transfer arrangement relied on by Facebook, Google and Amazon potentially falls foul of European Union rules on privacy — threatening an “Armageddon of global data flows”, according to one lawyer.

FCC Takes Next Steps In Expanding Rural Broadband Access

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

Continuing its push to expand access to broadband in rural areas, the Federal Communications Commission took important steps toward investing an additional $2 billion in rural networks over the next decade.

GOP budget bill would kill net neutrality and FCC’s set-top box plan

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

Republican Reps released a plan to slash the Federal Communications Commission's budget by $69 million and prevent the FCC from enforcing network neutrality rules, "rate regulation," and its plan to boost competition in the set-top box market.

Dangerous Corporate First Amendment Overreach: Three Information Trends and a Data Application

Location:
Rutgers Law School, 123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ, 07102, United States
Recommendation:
3

Over the last decade, information technology and telecommunications companies have been part of a rising tide of corporate claims to free speech, invoking the First Amendment for everything from broadband service to search engine results to software code. But do some of these theories go too far?

FTC Chair Ramirez Wants Broadband Privacy Authority

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez wants some authority over broadband privacy, though she is not opposed to sharing the wealth.

Comcast limits data cap overage fees to $200 a month

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
3

Starting June 1, Comcast customers who face data caps will not be able to rack up more than $200 worth of overage charges in a month. Comcast will continue to charge an extra $10 for each 50GB allotted to customers beyond the standard data plan.

2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust

Location:
Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), 57 Erb St. W, Waterloo, ON, N2L 6C2, Canada
Recommendation:
2

The 2016 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, undertaken by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by global research company Ipsos, reached 24,143 Internet users in 24 countries, and was carried out between November 20, 2015 and December 4, 2015.

European officials announced a new set of rules aimed at regulating how the 500 million people in the region buy, access and consume online services from video streaming to messaging applications

Location:
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
2

European officials announced a new set of rules aimed at regulating how the 500 million people in the region buy, access and consume online services from video streaming to messaging applications.

WhatsApp ban ignites Brazil censorship fears

Location:
Brazil, Brazil
Recommendation:
2

A recent move by Brazilian judges to ban the messaging service WhatsApp for allegedly not co-operating with police investigations threatens the sector’s growth and signals a worrying shift towards a form of Internet censorship.

HUD Proposes Broadband Requirement for HUD-Financed Housing

Location:
US Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20410, United States
Recommendation:
3

In an effort to extend affordable Internet access to children and families living in federally assisted housing, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro proposed a rule to require the installation of broadband infrastructure into most HUD-financed multifamily housing developments during their construction or substantial rehabilitation.

AT&T’s data caps impose harshest punishments on DSL users

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

AT&T's home Internet data caps got an overhaul when the company implemented a recently announced plan to strictly enforce the caps and collect overage fees from more customers. Customers stuck on AT&T's older DSL architecture will be facing lower caps and potentially higher overage fees than customers with more modern Internet service.

Pressure builds from GOP to delay Internet domain transition

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Pressure is building among a core group of Republican lawmakers to delay a transition of the Internet domain name system, which will involve the US government handing off oversight responsibilities.

Major Changes in the Works on the Business Data Services (a/k/a Special Access Services) Front

Location:
Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth, 1300 North 17th St, Arlington, VA, 22209, United States
Recommendation:
2

The market for special access service – also known by some (including the Federal Communications Commission) as “business data services” or “BDS” – is under the Commission’s regulatory microscope.

2016 FTTH Connect

Jun 13 2016 - 8:00am - Jun 15 2016 - 1:00pm
Location:
Gaylord Opryland, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN, 37214, United States

Learn from thought leaders and industry experts, find the latest products and solutions, and share your experiences with more than 1,300 FTTH professionals.

Net Neutrality and Regulation of the Internet: Implications for the United States and the Future of the Global Network

Jun 1 2016 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location:
Council on Foreign Relations, 58 East 68th Street, New York, NY, 10065, United States

A meeting of the Roundtable Series on Technology, Innovation, and American Primacy

Putting Disclosures to the Test

Sep 15 2016 (All day)
Location:
FTC Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop on September 15, 2016 to examine the testing and evaluation of disclosures that companies make to consumers about advertising claims, privacy practices, and other information.

Microsoft Awards First Grants to Help Expand Global Internet Access

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States
Recommendation:
2

Microsoft finally seems to be settling on a strategy for addressing the great global disconnect: It is going to fund other businesses developing local solutions and help build the ones that show the most promise.

Americans' Data Usage More Than Doubled in 2015

Location:
CTIA, 1400 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

CTIA released its annual survey results, which found Americans used 9.6 trillion megabytes (MB) of data in 2015, three times the 3.2 trillion MB in 2013. This is the equivalent of consumers streaming 59,219 videos every minute or roughly 18 million MB. Smartphones are the number one wireless device in the US and still growing.

INTX 2016: Wheeler Calls 'Regulatory Assault' Charge Lobbying Tactic

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler signaled that he thought cable/broadband operators were in danger of standing in the way of progress in their pushback on proposals like set-top box unlocking and special access reforms and that those who do not want to change, or stand in the way of change, are destined to fail.

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