Internet/Broadband

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

The powerful melding of Trump and Twitter

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Donald Trump is America’s first Twitter president.

FCC's 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order: What You Should Know

Location:
Next Century Cities, 1200 18th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
5

The Federal Communication Commission established the Lifeline program (Lifeline) in 1985 under President Reagan as a means of ensuring that low-income individuals had access to essential telecommunications services.

What Trump means for telecom, media and technology

Location:
Georgetown University, 36th Street, NW & Prospect St, NW Walsh Building Room 395, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Elections have consequences. And nowhere are the consequences more monumental than in the telecommunication, media and technology (TMT) sector, where the erstwhile status quo stands to be upended soon.

American Cable Association Pins Hopes on McMahon

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

The American Cable Association, whose membership comprises hundreds of small businesses, was pleased with President-elect Donald Trump's choice of Linda McMahon as administrator of the Small Business Administration, which Trump has made a cabinet level position.

A Gaping Hole in Consumer Privacy Protection Law

Location:
George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20052, United States
Recommendation:
3

Recently, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued a decision with profound implications for consumer privacy protection law. In FTC v. AT&T Mobility (9th Cir. Aug. 29, 2016), a 3-judge panel of the 9th Circuit held that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lacks jurisdiction over companies that engage in common carrier activity. The result is that there is now a gaping hole in consumer privacy protection law.

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Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Ashbury Senior Community Computer Center

Rep Blackburn Outlines Path to Network Neutrality Reversal, Communications Act Rewrite

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rolling back network neutrality rules and replacing them with legislation that establishes the “rules of the road” for internet service providers will be a priority for House Republicans in 2017, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly Before the Free State Foundation's Tenth Anniversary Luncheon

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

I’m excited and honored to play a part in the new Federal Communications Commission, and to the extent it is helpful, I am humbly going to outline some very broad areas where the next Commission could potentially focus some of its efforts.

Remarks of Assistant Secretary Strickling at the Internet Governance Forum Opening Session

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

Nearly 20 years ago, the United States promised to privatize the Internet's domain name system. Two years ago, the United States announced its intent to complete the privatization once the multistakeholder community developed a consensus plan for that transition.

Remarks of Michael O'Rielly, Commissioner, Before the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA)

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

Broadband deployment challenges need to be examined holistically. As the Federal Communications Commission, states, and localities consider particular actions to address existing challenges, everyone needs to assess both the individual and additive impact of their actions on the competitive environmen

Government spies can see everything you’re doing with your phone on a plane

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
Recommendation:
3

If you like your privacy, don’t fly the friendly skies with your phone connected to in-flight networks

Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

By the time you finish reading this column, you would be foolish not to download the messaging app Signal onto your smartphone and computer.

House Passes Veterans Broadband Access Bill

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

The House has passed a bill with a directive likely to get action in a Trump Federal Communications Commission given the President-elect's commitment to helping out veterans. The Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act of 2016 (HR 6394) passed the House on suspension of the rules, a way to fast-track noncontroversial bills that limits debate, prevents amendments, and requires a 2/3 majority for passage.

Information Overload

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

Since the 1970s, the term “information overload” has captured society’s anxiety about the growth in the production of information having potentially bad consequences for people as they struggle to cope with seemingly constant streams of messages and images. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that, for the most part, the large majority of Americans do not feel that information overload is a problem for them.

Trump FCC Adviser Says Net Neutrality Is a Target for Next Administration

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

The Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rule is “the worst kind of crony capitalism” and is likely to be weakened or dismantled in the next administration, according to Jeffrey Eisenach, one of President-elect Donald Trump’s top telecommunications advisers.

Inside the Bizarre Movement to Make John McAfee Cyber Czar

Location:
Trump Tower, 725 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10022, United States
Recommendation:
3

On Dec 6, as President-elect Donald Trump continued finalizing his cabinet from his transition base atop Trump Tower, a group of thirty demonstrators gathered below to make a very specific recommendation: “That Donald Trump put America first and name John McAfee, the most qualified expert, to be our nation’s Cybersecurity Czar.”

Principles for Technology Rights and Opportunity

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

While we cannot anticipate all of the challenges and decisions the new Administration will face in deciding its policies, the undersigned organizations support the following principles. We urge President-elect Trump and the new Administration to use these principles to guide policymaking and form the foundation of its technology and media policies.

Next Congress Will Tackle Telecommunications, Aides Predict

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

Writing network neutrality legislation and broadly updating the Communications Act will be major priorities in the next Congress, top Republican and Democratic congressional aides said Dec 2.

Why you may have good reason to worry about all those smart devices

Location:
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, 37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC, 20057, United States
Recommendation:
3

If Internet-connected wearables or smart home devices didn’t make your holiday shopping list this year, it may be because of growing concerns about how careless the makers seem to be with the data their devices collect.

FCC Orders USF Overpayment Recovery and Plans Fine Totaling $76 Million

Location:
Sandwhich Isles Communications, 1003 Bishop St #2700, Honolulu, HI, 96813, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission voted to take multiple actions against Sandwich Isles Communications, which provides phone and broadband service to customers on Hawaiian Home Lands, for violations and apparent violations related to Universal Service Fund (USF) support.

Is Net Neutrality (And Everything Else) Not Dead Yet or Pining For the Fjords? Contemplating Trump’s Telecom Policy.

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

The election of Donald Trump has prompted great speculation over the direction of telecommunications policy in the near future.

Privacy Groups Take Aim at Internet Toys

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

In what they are calling an unprecedented, coordinated transatlantic effort, US and European privacy groups have filed complaints with European Union regulators and the Federal Trade Commission over "smart" Internet-connected toys, or what they dub "spy toys."

T-Mobile CFO: Less regulation, repeal of net neutrality by Trump would be ‘positive for my industry’

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
3

T-Mobile US CFO Braxton Carter cheered the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, arguing that less regulation—including the dismantling of the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules—and less onerous corporate taxes would be “positive for my industry.”

Gov Walker announces $35.5 million plan to expand broadband in rural areas

Location:
Wisconsin's Capitol Building, 2 East Main Street, Madison, WI, 53702, United States
Recommendation:
3

Gov Scott Walker (R-WI) is asking the state Legislature to pass a bill that allocates about $35 million to expand broadband and technology in rural areas.

Charlotte-based phone, Internet provider to sell itself for $1.5 billion

Location:
FairPoint Communications, 521 E Morehead St #250, Charlotte, NC, 28202, United States
Recommendation:
3

Charlotte (NC)-based FairPoint Communications announced it is being purchased for $1.5 billion by an Illinois telecommunications company called Consolidated Communications.

AT&T likely to win FirstNet, but delays could hurt

Location:
Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, 1155 F Street, Washington, DC, 20004, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T is likely going to win the right to provide the nation’s first broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet hasn’t officially announced anything yet, and no doubt it needs to let court proceedings run their course. But ultimately, it means AT&T could win a 25-year contract to use 20 megahertz of 700 MHz beachfront spectrum and $6.5 billion for designing and operating the nationwide network for federal, state and local authorities, with the right to sell excess capacity on the system.

Will Donald Trump Dismantle the Internet as We Know It?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Republican party’s 2016 platform referred to existing network neutrality rules as the “gravest peril” putting “the survival of the internet as we know it ... at risk.” But President-elect Donald Trump is unpredictable enough that looking to his party doesn’t offer much clarity as to what he might actually do.

Bipartisan agreement: Trump infrastructure plan must include broadband

Location:
Next Century Cities, 1200 18th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sens Klobuchar (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), and John Boozman (R-AR) agreed in at a Next Centuries Cities event in Washington (DC) that the in-coming Trump Administration’s infrastructure plan must include broadband.

Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council Asks Trump Team to Protect Free Data Plans

Location:
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, 3636 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC, 20010, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) has given the President-elect Donald Trump transition team a to-do list of 12 telecommunication priorities for creating a more diverse media in terms of access, ownership, participation and procurement.

Foundation for Rural Service: Aging in Place and the Role of Broadband

Location:
Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Foundation for Rural Service and the Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative published an issue on Aging in Place and the Role of Broadband as part of their Rural Telecom Educational Series.

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