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RNC 2016: GOP Platform, Media Coverage, and Notable Moments

This week, Donald Trump and the Republican Party rolled into Cleveland, Ohio for the 2016 Republican National Convention. In a spectacle of full of cheers, jeers, and fears, Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican nomination. Importantly, the GOP unveiled the party platform, which addresses universal broadband, Internet governance, and EdTech. The convention itself was a high-tech affair, with social media and live-streaming used as popular tools. The press, some of which had been previously blacklisted by the Trump campaign, was in full force, as reporters streamed and tweeted their way through the four-day convention. Let’s unpack some of the most important parts of RNC 2016.

Cities, technology, the next generation of urban development, and the next administration, Part 3

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

As the candidates lay out their plans for the country, cities and technology should be at the heart of the conversation about economic growth and social progress. They should articulate both a strategy and specific ideas about how to accelerate the ability of cities to use new technology to achieve those goals. Here are five such ideas.

Microsoft fires back on Safe Harbor violations

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States
Recommendation:
3

Microsoft is pushing back a key component of a French government agency’s recent accusations. On July 20, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) ordered the software company correct a list of problems in Windows 10 it claimed threatened the privacy of French citizens.

Facebook 2026: Mark Zuckerberg on his plan to bring the Internet to every human on earth

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Q&A with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook tests full-scale solar-powered Internet drone

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook's Connectivity Lab announced that the company has for the first time test-flown a full-scale version of Aquila, the solar-powered high-altitude drone that Facebook hopes to use to deliver Internet connectivity to the remotest populated corners of the Earth.

EU Network Neutrality Guideline Debate Draws Crowd

Location:
European Union, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

It wasn't quite the four million comments the Federal Communications Commission received on its Open Internet proceeding, but according to the Save the Internet coalition, which was also a part of that FCC comment flood, more than 500,000 people weighed in on the European Union's proposed guidelines via the coalition's and other websites.

Nearly 80 Community-based Providers Delivering Gigabit Broadband to Rural Communities

Location:
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States
Recommendation:
3

One year after launching the Certified Gig-Capable Provider program to build awareness of community-based broadband providers delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has recognized 77 companies as Certified Gig-Capable Providers.

America wants to believe China can’t innovate. Tech tells a different story.

Location:
People's Republic of China, Beijing, China
Recommendation:
3

This is part of a series examining the impact of China’s Great Firewall, a mechanism of Internet censorship and surveillance that affects nearly 700 million users.

Cities, technology, the next generation of urban development, and the next administration, Part 2

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

The federal government should focus on how cities are likely to be the primary government jurisdictions on the leading edge of using new technology to transform the public sphere.

Digital Divide Narrows for Latinos as More Spanish Speakers and Immigrants Go Online

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The long-standing digital divide in Internet use between Latinos and whites is now at its narrowest point since 2009 as immigrant Latinos and Spanish-dominant Latinos make big strides in going online, according to newly released results from Pew Research Center’s 2015 National Survey of Latinos.

Sen Markey floats bill bringing Internet to developing world

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

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) is pushing to increase Internet access in the developing world with new legislation. The Driving Innovation and Growth in Internet Technology And Launching Universal Access to the Global Economy Act (DIGITAL AGE) would provide the State Department a “Special Representative for the Global Connect Initiative,” a face for the Global Connect Initiative it announced in April.

After Net Neutrality

Location:
Annenberg School for Communication - University of Pennsylvania, 3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, United States
Recommendation:
3

Confronting the structural roots of internet monopoly power will require the same commitment to democratic principles and the same activism that won net neutrality.

T-Mobile’s Zero-Rating of Pokémon GO Raises Questions for the Open Internet

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

Beginning July 19, T-Mobile is offering a limited-time promotion tied to the wildly popular augmented reality game Pokémon GO, in which the mobile data used by the game will not count toward a customer’s data cap. This is yet another form of zero-rating, a practice that can raise serious concerns about competition policy, network neutrality, and consumer choice.

Verizon creates monthly “maintenance” fee for customers with old routers

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

Verizon FiOS customers using one of the company's older routers are being told they must pay a new monthly "maintenance charge" of $2.80 to cover the cost of supporting the apparently outdated equipment.

Commissioner Clyburn Announces October 19th #ConnectingCommunities Policy Reform

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

This Public Notice is to announce that Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission will conclude her #ConnectingCommunities tour on October 19, 2016, with a Policy Forum in the Washington (DC) area.

Urban Communities Need Better Broadband Too!

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

This report 1) explains how inadequate competition cripples urban broadband, 2) outlines the needs for gigabit speed and capacity in urban settings; 3) highlights why digital ...

Google Fiber no longer a moonshot — it's a 'real business'

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Demand is spreading far faster than Google Fiber is. Fiber operates only in a handful of cities, with six more being built out, and it's in discussion with 13 more cities.

CenturyLink Preps Usage-Based Broadband Trial

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink appears poised to join Internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Mediacom Communications that are testing or have launched usage-based policies for residential broadband services.

GOP: President Obama is Biggest Threat to Internet Survival

Location:
2016 Republican National Convention, 1 Center Ct Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH, 44115, United States
Recommendation:
3

Forget cybercriminals and rogue states: President Barack Obama is the biggest threat to a free and open Internet, at least according to the platform approved at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (OH).

Chairman Wheeler Responds to Congress on Lifeline

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler sent letters to 25 Members of Congress on July 11, 2016, responding to their letter expressing concerns with the decision to limit the role of states in preventing waste, fraud and abuse within the Lifeline program.

Wheeler Responds to New York Representatives on CAF Phase II Funds

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

Federal Communications Commission Tom Chairman Wheeler sent letters to 20 US House members from New York on July 11, 2016, in response to their May 18, 2016 letter, which supported the adoption of Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction rules that would ensure CAF funds originally allocated to New York are not diverted to other regions.

Wheeler Responds to Congress on Broadband Customer Privacy Proposal

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Wheeler sent letters to House Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), and Rep Michael Burgess (R-TX) on July 11, 2016, in response to their June 1, 2016 letter, which urged the FCC to reconsider its proposed privacy rules for broadband internet access service providers.

Net Neutrality Win in the D.C. Circuit Court is a Win for the Arts

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

Here are three reasons the arts community should celebrate the network neutrality decision.

NCTA, Others Seek More Time for Business Data Services Comment

Location:
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-1413, United States
Recommendation:
3

Cable and telecommunication Internet service providers have joined to ask the Federal Communications Commission for more time to respond to the commission's proposal to remake the regulatory framework for business data (formerly "special access") services.

Cities, technology, the next generation of urban development, and the next Administration, part 1

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

From the perspective of cities, the most significant policy may be Clinton’s endorsement of the civic Internet of Things.

Google: Requests for data rose in second half of 2015

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google said that global government requests for its user data had risen in the second half of 2015 to an all-time high.

50 Million Chinese Fiber Home Connections Added in 2015. 130M Total, Unbelievable But True.

Location:
People's Republic of China, Beijing, China
Recommendation:
3

120 million Chinese households have fiber home connections, more than the entire rest of the world. That's actual connections (including businesses), not availability or homes passed.

Successful Strategies for Broadband Public-Private Partnerships

Location:
Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 2001 S St. NW, Washington, DC, 20009, United States
Recommendation:
3

This paper explores lessons from PPPs and offers in-depth case studies of three high profile models: Westminster and Ting in Maryland, UC2B and iTV-3/CountryWide in Illinois, and LeverettNet in Massachusetts.

Federal Funding Options for Community Broadband Deployments

Jul 20 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Although the federal broadband stimulus programs have ended, many other sources of federal funding for broadband projects are available. In this webinar, our speakers will discuss the key federal programs that support broadband projects, from the FCC to the Department of Commerce, HUD, the Department of Agriculture and more. Learn about the variety of creative approaches for tapping into federal grants and loans, from serving your schools to partnering with rural healthcare establishments to uncovering resources in your community that can serve as assets in funding applications. Learn what these programs cover, how to qualify for them, and how to avoid pitfalls that could result in loss of benefits or even refunds.

Rural and urban America divided by broadband access

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

Rural areas have significantly slower Internet access, with 39 percent lacking access to broadband of 25/4 Mbps, compared to only 4 percent for urban areas. This rural/urban “digital divide” in access severely limits rural populations from taking advantage of a critical component of modern life.

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