Internet/Broadband

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

AT&T Fiber Deployment in CA Leaves Middle and Low-Income Communities Behind

Location:
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

In a first-ever analysis, "AT&T's Digital Divide in California" looks at the deployment of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in California by the largest telecommunication company in the state.

To Jumpstart Broadband Buildout, Let Consumers Decide Who Gets FCC Subsidies

Location:
Conexon, Fayetteville, AR, 72703, United States
Recommendation:
3

Universal Service funding that is supposed to spur broadband development in rural America is padding the bottom line for incumbents who provide lousy service. To change the system overnight at no extra cost, let the subsidy follow consumer choice instead.

Broadband 'vouchers' won't help rural America connect; so what will?

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

A proposal from a former Federal Communications Commission staffer would destabilize rural America’s broadband infrastructure and discourage investment. Instead, the Federal Communications Commission should focus on modifying the current Universal Service Fund, according to the CEO of a national association representing rural broadband providers.

FCC's Clyburn: Voluntary net neutrality rules won't cut it

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

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, the lone Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission, is skeptical of the idea floated by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to replace the agency's sweeping 2015 network neutrality rules with voluntary commitments from internet service providers not to block, throttle or prioritize web traffic.

An inoculation for fevered fact-free internet activism

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The network neutrality activists won a bigger victory than they ever expected when the Federal Communications Commission dropped the hammer of Title II telephone regulation onto the internet. It may therefore be useful to recount a little history as an inoculation against the coming fever.

Net Neutrality, Reclassification and Investment: A Counterfactual Analysis

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States
Recommendation:
3

Applying the difference-in-differences method to a broad measure of investment (thus accounting for the Federal Communications Commission's "virtuous circle" effects), the author estimates the investment effects in telecommunications following the introduction of Title II reclassification to the Net Neutrality debate.

AT&T Targeted Over Alleged Broadband Redlining in Cleveland

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

AT&T is being targeted with a lawsuit following accusations of broadband digital redlining. Attorney Daryl D. Parks (he represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown) of Florida law firm Parks & Crump and attorney Walter Madison from Akron (OH) are representing families in Cleveland (OH) who allege they have been "severely impacted" by a lack of connectivity and want a meeting with AT&T top brass to talk about it.

The main differences between internet privacy in the US and the EU

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

"Who is the focus of these laws? Is it about protecting us, and giving us all the information we need and allowing us to make informed choices?" asked Molly Wood. "Or is it about allowing Comcast to keep up with Google and Facebook when it comes to business models that rely on your personal data? I think that is a tension that's part of being American."

Uber’s CEO Plays With Fire

Location:
Uber, 800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A blindness to boundaries is not uncommon for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. But in Travis Kalanick, that led to a pattern of repeatedly going too far at Uber, including the duplicity with Apple, sabotaging competitors and allowing the company to use a secret tool called Greyball to trick some law enforcement agencies.

Verizon is launching its ultrafast competitor to Google Fiber

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

Verizon has launched a faster version of its FiOS Internet service that can reach download speeds of up to 940 Mbps per second.

FreedomPop Lifeline Database Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons

Location:
FreedomPop, Tarzana, CA, 91356, United States
Recommendation:
3

Just a few months after having its credentials for participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s low-income Lifeline program revoked, FreedomPop has found a new Lifeline-related revenue stream: The company is licensing a database system originally developed for its own use to service providers approved to offer Lifeline service.

Delivering on the Broadband Promise to All Americans

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

If a recent House Communications Subcommittee hearing on broadband infrastructure is any measure, there appears to be growing consensus that any new infrastructure bill should include dollars for broadband – arguably the most essential infrastructure for American progress and productivity. But the hearing also made clear that Congress continues to have significant concerns around how to design such a program to ensure that any dollars designated for broadband are spent wisely.

Google’s ad blocking exposes the company’s hypocrisy on net neutrality

Location:
Precursor, 7925 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22102, United States
Recommendation:
3

Google plans to introduce an ad-blocking feature in the mobile and desktop versions of its popular Chrome browser. Consider Google’s hypocrisy.

AT&T’s Words on Time Warner Deal Say ‘Underdog.’ Its Actions Speak Otherwise.

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
2

In Washington (DC), AT&T has painted itself as an underdog that needs to merge with Time Warner in a blockbuster $85 billion deal to compete with powerful cable companies. But in several cities and states, AT&T’s actions send a different message.

A scholar asks, ‘Can democracy survive the Internet?’

Location:
Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA, 94305, United States
Recommendation:
2

Nathaniel Persily, a law professor at Stanford University, is among the many — academics, political practitioners, journalists, law enforcement officials and others — who are attempting to understand better the consequences of conducting campaigns and governance here and around the world in the Internet age.

Estimating willingness-to-pay for broadband attributes among low-income consumers: Results from two FCC Lifeline pilot projects

Location:
Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX, 79409, United States
Recommendation:
2

Recent studies have confirmed that broadband adoption (as opposed to simply having access to broadband infrastructure) is positively linked with economic growth. In light of this, federal policy efforts have switched from focusing mainly on the provision of infrastructure to more explicit adoption-oriented efforts. One of those efforts was the Federal Communications Commission's Low-income Broadband Lifeline Pilot Projects, which ran from 2013 to 2014.

Sen Markey Gets Some Massachusetts Tech Support for Internet Fight

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

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) said Massachusetts tech leaders, including Microsoft, were pledging to join his fight to protect network neutrality.

O'Rielly Remarks at Broadband Deployment Advisory Cmte. Meeting

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

I hope this committee will take a holistic approach when reviewing possible technology solutions. The Commission has tried to maintain a principle near and dear to me of technology neutrality.

International Efforts to Regulate the Internet Continue

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

Over the last several years, we’ve been lectured by many that the US position on Internet governance was no longer sustainable in the larger, global community.

FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting

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

All three commissioners were in attendance April 21 as the Federal Communications Commission hosted the first meeting of the newly constituted Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, created by FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Kickoff

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

Whether you are discussing how to address the thorny issues of access to poles, ducts, or conduit, I ask that you think about the impact your decisions will have on consumers. And when you are debating franchising model codes, I ask you to think about the impact the contours of that code will have on consumers in the franchise area. In particular, I ask that you keep the following three points in mind.

Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment

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

High-speed broadband is an increasingly important gateway to jobs, health care, education, information, and economic development. Access to high-speed broadband can create economic opportunity, enabling entrepreneurs to create businesses, immediately reach customers throughout the world, and revolutionize entire industries.

As US prepares to gut net neutrality rules, Canada strengthens them

Location:
Canada, Canada
Recommendation:
3

Canada is taking a much stronger stand against data cap exemptions than the United States. In the US, the Federal Communications Commission's new Republican leadership signaled that it won't enforce network neutrality rules against zero-rating, the practice of favoring certain Internet content by exempting it from customers' data caps.

Chairman Pai Opens First Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Meeting

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

As members of the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, your mission is to give the Federal Communications Commission recommendations on ways to spur broadband deployment and reduce barriers to investment.

Privacy messenger app Confide, used by some in White House, gets slapped with lawsuit that says it's not as secure as it claims

Location:
Confide, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new lawsuit claims that Confide, a privacy-focused messaging app reportedly used by several politicians including those in the Trump administration in February, may not be as secure as it has advertised.

Public utility regulation of broadband: Lessons from the electricity industry

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

he takeaway is that the public utility model sometimes works well to discipline natural monopolies in stodgy, unchanging fields such as water, where regulation is needed to displace dysfunctional market forces. In dynamic, competitive industries such as telecommunications, public utility regulation is not only misplaced but also affirmatively harmful to consumers.

European Union Has Issues with FCC's Business Data Services Proposal

Location:
European Union, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

Add the European Union (EU) to those raising red flags over the Federal Communications Commission's planned April 20 vote on a broadband business data services deregulation order proposed by new FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

Not everyone in advanced economies is using social media

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

Despite the seeming ubiquity of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, many in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and Japan do not report regularly visiting social media sites. But majorities in all of the 14 countries surveyed say they at least use the internet.

FCC Advances Competition, Investment in Business Data Services Market

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

Recognizing substantial and growing competition in the market for business data services, the Federal Communications Commission eased outdated pricing rules to enable continued robust growth in the market.

FCC Seeks Comment on Removing Regulatory Barriers to Broadband

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

As part of its effort to expand the availability and affordability of next-generation networks, the Federal Communications Commission began seeking public comment on a series of steps to remove regulatory barriers to wireline broadband infrastructure deployment.

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