Internet/Broadband

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

Think the Internet Is Polarized? Just Look at the FCC These Days

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

The Federal Communications Commission’s rise from relative obscurity to big headlines corresponds not just with the Trump’s arrival in Washington, but with the ever-greater centrality of the internet to American life, political and otherwise.

For Marketers, TV Sets Are an Invaluable Pair of Eyes

Location:
TVision, 170 Milk Street, Boston, MA, 02109, United States
Recommendation:
2

TVision — which has worked with the Weather Channel, NBC and the Disney ABC Television Group — is one of several companies that have entered living rooms in recent years, emerging with new, granular ways for marketers to understand how people are watching television and, in particular, commercials.

Trump’s FCC Pick Is Threatening the Jobs His Boss Promised America

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

To meet the loss of the manufacturing industry, tech jobs are going to have to move outside of Silicon Valley, to the center of the country. This shift, however, won’t just happen—it depends on oversight by the Federal Communications Commission.

Pai's Privacy Ultimatum

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
5

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai believes that the best way to protect the online privacy of American consumers is through a comprehensive and uniform regulatory framework. All actors in the online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government shouldn’t favor one set of companies over another. Therefore, he has advocated returning to a technology-neutral privacy framework for the online world and harmonizing the FCC’s privacy rules for broadband providers with the Federal Trade Commission’s standards for others in the digital economy.

Joint FCC-FTC Commissioner Statement on Suspension of Broadband Privacy Protections

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
5

“Today Chairman Pai has created an unfortunate dilemma: accept a Bureau-level action that indefinitely unwinds key consumer privacy protections established by the FCC last year, or accept four business days (rather than the usual three weeks) to evaluate and vote on a decision that has massive ramifications for the security of private information held by broadband providers,” said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

American Library Association and Cox Communications partner to narrow digital divide for low-income families

Location:
American Library Association, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States
Recommendation:
3

The American Library Association and Cox Communications announced a new partnership that will strengthen and expand our shared commitment to connecting low-income students and their families with technology, providing a stronger foundation for success in the classroom, in continuing education and in job opportunities.

Listen, technology holdouts: Enough is enough

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

Even as fanatic customers can be counted on to line up outside the Apple store for the latest iPhone, there are still millions of Americans who don’t use a smartphone at all. For that matter, there are still plenty of happy owners of tube televisions, rotary dial telephones, film cameras, fax machines, typewriters and cassette tape players.

Connecting America: Improving Access to Infrastructure for Communities Across the Country

Mar 1 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

The hearing will examine the challenge of connecting Americans, particularly in rural communities, to transportation and information networks.

FCC’s Pai Wants to Lift Charter-TWC Condition

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wants to eliminate an FCC mandate forcing Charter Communications to compete head-to-head with other broadband providers in one million new locations.

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Room for Journalists in Facebook's 'Global Community'?

Location:
Benton Foundation, 727 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, United States
Recommendation:
2

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently posted “Building Global Community” on his Facebook page, illustrating the company’s plans for developing the “social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.” Notably, Zuckerberg directly analyzes the state of the news industry and its important function in our society. Some people criticized Zuckerberg’s post, arguing it actually serves as a blueprint for destroying journalism. This week we take a closer look at Zuckerberg’s vision and what it could mean for the future of journalism.

Nearly 200,000 People Urge the FCC to Protect Network Neutrality

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

On Valentine’s Day, tens of thousands of Free Press members sent out love letters to the open internet that described why they need network neutrality. On Feb 23 we delivered these messages to the Federal Communications Commission.

It’s time bring US broadband subsidies up to world standards

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Count yourself unlucky if you are a US telecommunications customer, because you have been funding a system that is far behind international standards.

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Room for Journalists in Facebook's 'Global Community'?

Tech giants disrupted the business model for digital news; can they save journalism? Should they?

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Reactions to FCC Vote on ISP Transparency Regulation

Net Neutrality and the Fight for Our Digital Rights

Feb 27 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location:
Cannon House Office Building, Independence Avenue and 1st Street, SE Room 122, Washington, DC, 20515-6065, United States

Speakers — including special guest FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn — will discuss the long fight that led to the historic 2015 victory for Net Neutrality and the threats the Trump administration poses. Representatives from racial justice and public interest groups, as well as grassroots activists, will share their perspectives on the open internet’s importance as a tool for communities of color.

New FCC chair says the internet should not be run by 'lawyers and bureaucrats' in DC

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

Businesses eagerly awaiting regulation rollbacks from the Trump administration may get them in an unexpected place: the internet, according to new Fderal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. "My own view is that the internet should be run by technologists and engineers and business people, not by lawyers and bureaucrats here in the nation's capital," Chairman Pai.

FCC Votes To Protect Small Businesses From Needless Transparency Regulation

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Federal Communications Commission relieved thousands of smaller broadband providers from onerous reporting obligations stemming from the 2015 Title II Order, freeing them to devote more resources to operating, improving and building out their networks.

FCC Takes Next Steps Toward Expanding Rural Broadband Access

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Federal Communications Commission set key rules for a competitive “reverse auction” that will provide nearly $2 billion for rural deployment over the next decade.

Groups Push Chairman Pai to Reverse Lifeline Move

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

Over 40 groups have written Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to ask him to reverse the decision to rescind Lifeline broadband subsidy eligibility for nine companies.

The Alternative Facts of Cable Companies

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Cable is in many ways an uncreative business—“like chicken in a grocery store,” as Comcast founder Ralph Roberts once said. The cable guys (today, mostly Comcast and Charter in the US, who together account for half of the 92 million high-speed internet access subscriptions in the country) have successfully implemented one basic, foolproof idea: locking up entire geographic markets by acquisition while scaling up rapidly as possible.

Republicans Are Trying to Let Internet Providers Sell Your Data

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

A set of internet privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission has become a target for Republicans.

Dozens of Digital Inclusion Groups Urge FCC to Support Internet ‘Lifeline’ for Low-Income Families

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

Nearly 40 civil rights, social justice, labor and digital inclusion groups sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to reverse its decision that undermined the Lifeline Program.

Decoding the Doublespeak of FCC Chairman Pai

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Washington Post noted that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai likes to talk the talk of bridging the digital divide—during his first speech as FCC chairman, he said it would be a top agency priority. But when the FCC released his anti-Lifeline action days later, “he opened another gap,” wrote the Post, “this time between his words and his actions.” It’s the sort of head fake that’s familiar to those who’ve followed Pai’s career as a lead apologist for the phone companies he once worked for—and still serves.

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First Lifeline, Now Broadband Program for Schools and Libraries in the FCC’s Crosshairs

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

First the new Federal Communications Commission majority revoked the approval of nine companies to become Lifeline providers, a move that will weaken the Lifeline program and widen the digital divide. Now it appears that the E-Rate program, which makes broadband services more affordable for America’s schools and libraries, is in the FCC majority’s crosshairs. And much like in the case of Lifeline, the majority is using procedural steps and administrative tools to weaken the E-Rate program.

FTC Chair Says Privacy Shield Is Safe, Despite Immigration Order

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

Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said that President Donald Trump’s immigration order will not in any way affect the FTC’s enforcement of the Privacy Shield, a commercial data-transfer agreement negotiated by the United States and the European Union.

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First Lifeline, Now Broadband Program for Schools and Libraries in the FCC’s Crosshairs

First the new Federal Communications Commission majority revoked the approval of nine companies to become Lifeline providers, a move that will weaken the Lifeline program and widen the digital divide. Now it appears that the E-Rate program, which makes broadband services more affordable for America’s schools and libraries, is in the FCC majority’s crosshairs. And much like in the case of Lifeline, the majority is using procedural steps and administrative tools to weaken the E-Rate program.

FCC's Pai: DC Should Not Micromanage Dynamic Industry

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai says DC bureaucrats should not micromanage dynamic industries and that he supports Congress making broadband part of an infrastructure legislative package.

Give Chairman Pai a Chance to Break the Net Neutrality Logjam

Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

At some point Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is going to have to dance with the elephant in the room: network neutrality. In truth, this fight is much more about the legal authority the FCC claims for regulating broadband, and its long-term implications, than it is about the open internet.

Christopher Mitchell: TN needs better broadband, not subsidies

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

If you were tasked with improving the internet access across Tennessee, a good first start would be to examine what is working and what’s not. But when the General Assembly debates broadband, it frequently focuses on what AT&T and Comcast want rather than what is working.

Project Loon’s latest breakthrough to reduce costs for telcos

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Instead of sailing balloons around the world to deliver internet access, engineers at Alphabet's Project Loon will send small teams of balloons to form a cluster over specific regions where people need internet access—a discovery that will help reduce the costs of operating a Loon-powered network.

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