Internet/Broadband

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

How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

Location:
Miami, FL, United States

For all their seeming immateriality, the internet and the cloud rely on a vast industrial infrastructure consisting of data centers linked through a sprawling network of fiber optics.

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Taking Away an Open Internet

Location:
1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212, Chicago, IL, 60654, United States

We gather today at a critical moment in the history of an Open Internet; in the fight for Net Neutrality.

The UN Says the Global Digital Divide Could Become a Yawning Chasm

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

More than 52 percent of people on the planet still don't have Internet access. Men outnumber women as Web users in every region of the world. And there remain massive disparities in connection speeds in different countries.

Broadband Is Largely Inaccessible to Those Who Need it Most

Location:
USA, United States

The internet is a way for people in poorer or far-flung communities to connect with social programs and educational opportunities, such as employment and health services, to which they might not otherwise have access. But according to a new report from the Brookings Institution, residents in low-income or rural neighborhoods are the least likely to have broadband subscriptions.

Charter hit with $13M fine for not delivering on broadband promise

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States

Charter Communications has been served a whopping $13 million fine by New York State’s Public Service Commission (PSC). The commission claims that Charter, now the largest broadband provider in the state, has failed to make good on promises to expand its broadband service to more rural communities as part of its merger deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC).

“Fake” net neutrality comments at heart of lawsuit filed against FCC

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

The Federal Communications Commission has ignored a public records request for information that might shed light on the legitimacy of comments on Chairman Ajit Pai's anti-net neutrality plan, according to a lawsuit filed against the FCC.

Can We Build a Global Internet from Swarms of Satellites and Tech-Company-Backed Balloons?

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

Ten years ago, the world population was 6.6 billion; 3 billion of those people lacked access to broadband internet connectivity. Fast forward a decade to 2017, and the global population has risen by 1 billion, but so has the number of disconnected people.

The Top-Five Threats to Your Rights to Connect and Communicate in the Trump Era

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

The Trump administration, the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and greedy companies are attacking people’s rights to connect and communicate so relentlessly that staying on top of everything that’s happening can feel like an impossible task. That’s why we’ve put together this handy list of five of the biggest threats people are facing.

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Taking Away an Open Internet

We gather today at a critical moment in the history of an Open Internet; in the fight for Net Neutrality. So, right here at the outset, let’s make clear something that will bear repeating throughout these remarks: An Open Internet is the law of the land and any change to that policy would take away from consumers, innovators and the competitive marketplace something they have today. The proof point that opponents to an Open Internet must hurdle is the factual basis for why it is necessary to remove existing protections? Those protections can be boiled down to one simple principle: Consumers must be in charge of how they use their broadband connections, free from manipulation by their broadband providers.

Facebook Navigates an Internet Fractured by Governmental Controls

The internet is Balkanizing, and the world’s largest tech companies have had to dispatch envoys to, in effect, contain the damage such divisions pose to their ambitions.

Adoption Persistence: a longitudinal study of digital inclusion impact

Location:
Asbury Community Services, 1101 Ashbury Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44106, United States

The survey effort recontacted 429 past participants of the Connect Your Community project that had participated in a 2012 impact survey and produced findings that show the long-term and continuing impact of high-touch digital inclusion efforts 5 years after project completion.

FCC Chairman Pai Remarks at Future of Speech Online Symposium

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

Today, when we talk about universal service, we have in mind bringing high-speed Internet access, or “broadband,” to any American who wants it. Broadband is important for many reasons: it can help you get a job, start a company, get health care, educate your kids, and the like.

Washington DC braces for net neutrality protests later this month

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Network neutrality advocates are planning two days of protest in Washington DC in Sept as they fight off plans to defang regulations meant to protect an open internet.

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Our Broadband Divides -- And How to Bridge Them

Where is broadband? And where is it ain’t? Since encouragement of universal broadband is the law of the land, these aren’t trivial questions. This week we saw new evidence about where broadband is reaching -- and new clues about how policymakers will approach making sure this critical telecommunications infrastructure reaches everyone.

The NSA's 12-Year Struggle to Follow the Law

Location:
National Security Agency, MD, 20755-6000, United States

This spring, the government announced a change to the way the National Security Agency collects information targeting foreigners, using the telecom backbone in what it calls "upstream" collection. Whereas for 10 years, the agency had sucked up communications mentioning a target's selector—say, collecting all e-mails sent to someone in this country that include Osama bin Laden's phone number in the body of the e-mail—in April it stopped doing so domestically (though it will still do tons of it in collection overseas).

Comcast said he used too much data—so he opted to live without home Internet

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

Longtime Comcast customer Drew Weaver was surprised in mid-May of 2017 when he got an automated call notifying him that he’d gone over his 1TB monthly data cap.

A critical survey of the literature on broadband data caps

Location:
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, 92697, United States

Proponents and opponents of data caps make conflicting claims about the effect of data caps on prices, network capacity and speeds, subscription, congestion, and consumer surplus. In this paper, we survey the academic literature on data caps and analyze the relationship between the characteristics of each paper's model or data and the paper's results.

What is the Open Internet Rule?

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai plans to reverse the agency’s open internet rules passed in 2015.

How The FCC is Using Legal Gymnastics to Excuse Itself From Getting Americans Internet Access

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

The Federal Communications Commission is currently in the process of redefining much of rural and low-income America in reverse when it comes to internet access.

Advertisers are furious with Apple for new tracking restrictions in Safari 11

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

A group of digital advertising and marketing organizations has come together to condemn Apple for what the coalition says is a “unilateral and heavy-handed approach” to user privacy on Mac.

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Tapping Technology to Enhance Civic Engagement

City leaders often struggle to engage citizens in the civic arena. How can we encourage busy people with limited time to become active participants in the public process? How can municipalities hear from a wider range of constituents, particularly those who have not traditionally engaged? And how can technology be used to enhance and improve civic engagement?

Senators blast Lifeline in Hearing

Location:
Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, 340 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20510, United States

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a hearing Sept 14 titled, "FCC’s Lifeline Program: A Case Study of Government Waste and Mismanagement". ...

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Statement on Future of the Lifeline Program

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

Once again we will read headlines trumpeting faults in the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program that do not match the realities of the day.

Broadband Analysis: Scrappy Wireless ISPs Get the Job Done

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Rural areas don’t need to wait on expensive and hard-to-build fiber-to-the-home networks to start using broadband. In many cases, fixed wireless can provide a fast and affordable last-mile connection in underserved areas. And some communities are building the system themselves.

The Internet Is The Next Frontier In Making The World Accessible To All

Location:
USA, United States

Over the past year and a half, a string of lawsuits filed on behalf of people with disabilities against companies indicates that one crucial space has been bypassed in effectively interpreting the purpose of the ADA: the internet.

Rural Broadband Shouldn't Come at the Expense of Being Affordable and Effective

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

The Federal Communications Commission’s recent inquiry into reducing the minimum speeds for broadband—something that sparked criticism among open internet advocacy groups—is the latest example of how FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has failed to champion policies that would enable rural broadband to succeed once it’s built.

In Response to Criticisms of Phoenix Center Research on Net Neutrality

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

Free Press, get offa my lawn.

Groups Pressure Senate to Preserve Lifeline Program

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Three dozen organizations, including Common Cause, the Communications Workers of America, and the Benton Foundation, have sent letters to individual members of the Senate asking them to preserve the Lifeline communications subsidy program from what they say are Federal Communications Commission efforts to undermine it.

Signs of digital distress: Mapping Broadband Availability and Subscription in American Neighborhoods

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

The following research assesses both components of the digital divide, and for the first time studies them in every American metropolitan area and neighborhood. Identifying local gaps—and not just in where telecommunications infrastructure goes, but also who subscribes to it—more comprehensively portrays the extent of digital disconnect.

How good is your broadband? The FCC needs to know.

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

The FCC should create an interactive broadband dashboard, one that can be continually updated with the most current information on broadband technologies, speeds, performance and coverage.

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