Internet/Broadband

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

Tens of Thousands Urge FCC Chairman Pai to Get Serious About the Digital Divide, Stop Restricting Lifeline Services

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

On March 23, a coalition of digital rights advocates, racial justice groups and grassroots activists called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to make a more genuine effort to provide affordable internet access for low-income communities.

Charter promises President Trump something new ($25-billion investment) and something old (20,000 jobs)

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States
Recommendation:
3

Thomas Rutledge, chief executive of Charter Communications, committed in a meeting with President Donald Trump to invest $25 billion on broadband infrastructure while joining a trend of business leaders touting previously announced job creation at the White House.

FCC Chairman Pai Statement On Charter's Broadband Investment Announcement

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement on the announcement by Charter Communications on broadband investment.

For ISPs, your Web browser history is just another ad sales tool

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

On March 23 the Senate voted to eliminate privacy rules that would have forced Internet service providers to get your consent before selling Web browsing history and app usage history to advertisers.

US-Backed Efforts to Promote Openness and Democracy Are At Risk in the Age of Trump

Location:
Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), 330 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20237, United States
Recommendation:
3

Years before Donald Trump took over the government, secure digital communication tools including Signal and Tor have been receiving substantial funding from a perhaps surprising source: the US taxpayer.

AT&T Expands Fiber to 17 More Metros

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

AT&T Fiber, the new brand for an fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) effort previously called AT&T GigaPower, said it has expanded its footprint to parts of 17 more metros.

Five flawed assumptions of broadband infrastructure policy

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

Kudos to the House Commerce Committee’s for its recent hearing on Broadband: Deploying America’s 21st Century Infrastructure. The session demonstrated different views on how and to what degree the government should be involved in broadband deployment, but it also exposed policymakers’ assumptions on broadband and showed what information is missing from the discussion.

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What More Do We Know About Ajit Pai’s Agenda?

Location:
Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, United States
Recommendation:
2

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai delivered his first major policy speech as Chairman on March 15th, in remarks titled, “Bringing the Benefits of the Digital Age to All Americans.” At Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pai discussed his guiding principles for his regulatory approach as FCC Chairman, and concluded with practical policies he will be championing to expand broadband access nationwide.

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What More Do We Know About Ajit Pai’s Agenda?

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai delivered his first major policy speech as Chairman on March 15th, in remarks titled, “Bringing the Benefits of the Digital Age to All Americans.” At Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pai discussed his guiding principles for his regulatory approach as FCC Chairman, and concluded with practical policies he will be championing to expand broadband access nationwide.

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

Republican lawmakers moved to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for individuals, the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration and a harbinger for more deregulation to come.

Net Neutrality Protesters Face FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

More than a dozen protesters from Free Press, Demand Progress, Open Media, Popular Resistance and the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press took a stand for Net Neutrality at the Federal Communications Commission.

2017 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award

Recommendation:
2

The second Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award will be presented in May at Net Inclusion 2017 in St. Paul (MN) by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. This is a call for nominations for candidates for the award. The deadline for nominations for this year’s award is midnight (Eastern Daylight Time) Friday, April 14, 2017.

Could New York’s Plan to Erase Its Digital Divide Work for America?

Location:
NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

New York is moving aggressively under Gov Andrew Cuomo’s (D-NY) “Broadband for All” initiative to connect all its residents by 2018.

Google Fiber Community Impact Report

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

Through a variety of efforts, including programs focused on science, math, engineering and digital literacy, we’ve experienced amazing progress toward digital equity.

Companies Aren’t off the Hook When It Comes to User Privacy

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission privacy guidelines would have put some of this control back in consumers’ hands: They required broadband providers to obtain opt-in consent from consumers to use and share sensitive information, and to allow users to opt out of the use and sharing of non-sensitive information, meaning the companies could use and share non-sensitive information until the consumer tells them otherwise.

“Dig once” bill could bring fiber Internet to much of the US

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

Years in the making, a proposal to mandate the installation of fiber conduits during federally funded highway projects might be gaining some new momentum. If the US adopts a "dig once" policy, construction workers would install conduits just about any time they build new roads and sidewalks or upgrade existing ones.

AT&T broadband deployment skipped low-income Dayton (OH) neighborhoods

Location:
National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Earlier in Feb the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and Connect Your Community, a Cleveland (OH) based organization, published a report indicating that AT&T had “systematically discriminated against lower income Cleveland neighborhoods in its deployment of home internet and video technologies over the last decade.” The analysis shows that AT&T has failed to upgrade its network in low income neighborhoods, including most of the City of Dayton, while deploying a high-speed fiber based network in wealthier suburban areas.

Community Broadband Ban Bill Ties the Hands of MO Communities

Location:
Missouri State Capitol, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO, 65101, United States
Recommendation:
3

It’s 2017 and a lot of Missouri residents are still tortured by the lack of access to basic broadband service, and if a community broadband ban bill becomes state law it will remain that way for years to come.

Lawmakers call for renewed national broadband map as Trump funds NTIA

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

Reps from both sides of the aisle renewed calls to update the National Broadband Map, which was initially created by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission but has languished since 2014 due to lack of funding.

Is This Data’s One-Rate Moment?

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Holy Grail in cellular wireless broadband is a perfect substitute for fixed, wireline broadband.

Digital divide persists even as lower-income Americans make gains in tech adoption

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

This is the first in a series of posts about how different demographic groups in the US have fared in the digital age.

How Mignon Clyburn, the FCC’s Lone Democrat, Is Fighting to Save Net Neutrality

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

As President Trump's Republican Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai moves to roll back a variety of Obama-era initiatives, the agency's sole remaining Democrat, Mignon Clyburn, is mounting a vigorous defense of the FCC's pro-consumer policies.

Supporters Rallied Against Senate Broadband Privacy Regulation Rollback

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

Warning that Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on rolling back Federal Communications Commission broadband privacy regulations as early as March 23, Public Knowledge is trying to get supporters of the regulations to ask their Congresional members to push back.

Eying an Opening, CenturyLink and Frontier Seek Regulatory Relief for Business Data Services

Location:
Frontier Communications, 3 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT, 06905, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink and Frontier apparently see the current Federal Communications Commission administration as potentially sympathetic to their concerns about business data services regulation.

GAO Report: DOJ and FBI Need to Take Additional Action to Ensure Privacy and Accuracy

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States
Recommendation:
3

Technology advancements have increased the overall accuracy of automated face recognition over the past few decades. This technology has helped law enforcement agencies identify criminals in their investigations. However, privacy advocates and members of the Congress remain concerned regarding the accuracy of the technology and the protection of privacy and individual civil liberties when technologies are used to identify people based on their biological and behavioral characteristics.

Gorsuch’s Tech Law Record Raises Concerns

Location:
Adelphi University, 1 South Ave, Garden City, NY, 11530, United States
Recommendation:
3

Cell phone privacy, network neutrality and encryption are some of the many tech-related issues that Neil Gorsuch could rule on if he’s successfully appointed to the US Supreme Court.

Muni broadband customers could lose service unless a new bill becomes law

Location:
Pinetops, NC, United States
Recommendation:
2

In 2016, North Carolina won a court case against the Federal Communications Commission, a victory that allowed it to restore a state law that restricts the growth of municipal broadband networks. This created an immediate problem for new customers of one municipal-run broadband provider.

Appeals Court Rules TV Streamers Don't Get Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, Pasadena, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a seismic victory in favor of streaming company FilmOn, handing significant relief to broadcasters like CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC who were aghast by a federal judge's decision in July 2015 that streamers could be deemed to be a "cable system" eligible for a compulsory license under the Copyright Act.

Wi-Fi on wheels: Google helps students get online, on the go

Location:
Moncks Corner, SC, United States
Recommendation:
2

As more class assignments and homework migrate online, long bus rides have generally counted as lost time in preparing for the next school day. But Google said it hopes to help expand the use of Wi-Fi on school buses in rural areas around the country.

On the Road in the Industrial Midwest

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

Inspired a bit by Kerouac, I hit the road last week. I visited Pittsburgh (PA), Youngstown (OH), Cleveland (OH), and Detroit (MI). Some might not think of these as glamorous travel destinations — but that's precisely why I went.

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