Internet/Broadband

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

FCC Public Notice Accepting Charter/TWC/Bright House Merger Applications for Transfer

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

On June 25, 2015, Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Advance/Newhouse Partnership (together the “Applicants”) submitted joint applications to the Federal Communications Commission seeking consent to transfer control of various FCC licenses and other authorizations pursuant to Sections 214 and 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934. These transfers are a necessary component of proposed transactions through which Charter, Time Warner Cable, and Advance/Newhouse’s Bright House Networks will merge (the “Transaction”). The applications for transfer of control of the licenses and other authorizations referred to in this Public Notice have been accepted for filing upon initial review. [MB Docket No. 15-149]

Google Rolls Out New Consent Policy in European Union

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

Google said its AdSense advertising service for websites will require online publishers that get visitors from the European Union to specifically ask for consent to use their data, amid heavy regulatory scrutiny in the region.

FCC's Pai Calls AT&T-DirecTV Conditions 'Forced Tribute'

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

Commissioner Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission outlined his partial dissent from the AT&T-DirecTV merger approval on July 27 with a lengthy statement. Commissioner Pai approved the underlying merger, as did all the commissioners. But he dissented from the "17 pages of conditions" put on the deal.

Chairman Wheeler to Hill: ISPs Have Certainty to Invest

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to tell Congress that a court's denial of Internet service provider efforts to stay part of the FCC's network neutrality order means those companies have "the certainty and economic incentive to build fast and competitive broadband networks."

950 million Android phones can be hijacked by malicious text messages

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Almost all Android mobile devices available today are susceptible to hacks that can execute malicious code when they are sent a malformed text message or the user is lured to a malicious website.

OTT: A Net Neutrality Can of Worms?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

As over-the-top distribution of video continues to multiply, video and broadband service providers must navigate shifting network neutrality regulations, which are subject to multiple interpretations.

Creating Connections, Building Bridges: Advancing the Digital Divide Research, Policy, and Practice Agenda

Oct 21 2015 (All day) - Oct 22 2015 (All day)
Location:
Skysong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, 1475 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ, 85257, United States

The interdisciplinary Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD) 2015 International Conference brings together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to strategize actions and catalyze solutions to this pressing societal concern. PPDD 2015 provides an extended, in-depth opportunity to consider the current state and future possibilities for research, policy, and practice that informs issues related to the digital divide around the world. Further, the Conference works to identify new areas of necessary, productive research focus to foster greater understanding and enlighten policy and practice going forward so that all global citizens can participate fully in the digital, networked age. As a major outcome of PPDD 2015, we plan to produce an edited volume of the top papers as well as special issues of journals on specific themes within the digital divide area.

Facebook and Other Tech Giants Expand Internet Access in Africa

Location:
Internet.org, 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Nearly two years ago, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, announced an ambitious effort to connect the world’s poorest people to the Internet. Zuckerberg’s vision — ...

Closing the Digital Divide

Sep 17 2015 - 1:00pm - 6:30pm
Location:
Colorado Law School, 2450 Kittredge Loop Wolf Law Building, Boulder, CO, 80309, United States

This conference will exam the FCC's ongoing efforts to reform universal service and will compare that effort to the state of access to broadband (both wired and wireless) internationally. The first panel will examine the FCC's ongoing efforts to address, as FCC Chairman Wheeler put it, that less than 50% of Americans making less than $25,000 have service at home and that nearly 50% of low-income Americans have had to cancel or suspend smartphone service on financial grounds. The second panel will discuss the state of rural and Tribal lands access to broadband technology. The third panel will evaluate the state of broadband access internationally, looking closely at the case of developing nations. Finally, the conference will conclude with a closing dialogue on putting infrastructure in perspective to capture the overall theme of the conference.

Republicans are trying to defund net neutrality. Will it work?

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

t's no secret that many Republicans hate the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, which went into effect this June and regulate Internet providers like legacy telephone companies. Some now want to use Congress' power of the purse to roll those regulations back.

FCC Grants Approval Of AT&T-DirecTV Transaction

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

On July 24, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission granted – with conditions – approval of the transfer of control of licenses and authorizations from DIRECTV to AT&T. The approval will ...

What Tech Giants Are Spending Millions Lobbying For

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Tech companies already own Silicon Valley, but new lobbying disclosure documents reveal just how much weight they throw around Washington as well. While their policy concerns are not altogether surprising, they do tell a cohesive story about what the tech giants driving the industry consider to be its most pressing issues.

Akamai on broadband: A few surprises and a new (but useless) metric

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

Akamai’s most recent “State of the Internet” report is 60 pages of insightful data on broadband around the world. The report contains reiterations of many things we already knew (including that the US is not, in fact, falling behind), but also offers some surprising insights into IPv6 adoption and a completely new -- albeit somewhat useless -- metric.

Don’t Delay the Fiber Future

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
1

here is no disputing that fiber is the best wireline broadband communications infrastructure. That is why it is strange that some parties are asking the Federal Communications Commission to consider rules that, rather than encouraging the move to fiber, would divert investment dollars into the very legacy copper networks that they have already acknowledged cannot provide real competition for cable at the higher speeds.

Hillary Clinton backs local taxes on Internet sales

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she supported allowing cities and states to tax online purchases, but she would not mandate it.

Small biz pushes for 'level playing field' online

Location:
House Committee on Small Business, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street Rayburn House Office Building Room 2360, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
1

Small-business owners hailed emerging mobile app technology before a hearing on July 23 and pressed lawmakers to do more to give them a "level playing field" in the online economy.

Here’s what your stolen identity goes for on the Internet’s black market

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The going rate for a stolen identity is about twenty bucks. Tens of millions of people have lost their private information in data breaches over the past few years.

Appropriations Bill Blocks ISP Rate Regulations

Location:
Senate Committee on Appropriations, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building 138, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Federal Communications Commission budget bill approved out of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee would prevent the FCC from regulating rates under its new Title II-based network neutrality rules, but would not block the rules until the end of litigation, as a House Republican appropriations rider would.

Canada orders large ISPs to make fiber available to competitors

Location:
Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N2, Canada
Recommendation:
2

Canada's large incumbent Internet service providers must now make their fiber networks available to competitors under a new requirement designed to boost broadband competition.

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The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook: Top Ten Overall Lessons

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
Recommendation:
5

On July 21, 2015, Gig. U and the Benton Foundation published a comprehensive guide for communities who want better broadband for their residents and businesses. The Next Generation Connectivity Handbook: a Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable Abundant Bandwidth is an indispensable tool in lowering the initial, daunting information barrier for cities just beginning to navigate critical Internet infrastructure issues. Today, we share the Handbook’s Top Ten Overall Lessons drawing on the experiences of 25 Gig.U communities who have worked on this issue for many years.

Sen Nelson warns network neutrality rider could prevent compromise

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) warned that a network neutrality rider included in a financial services appropriations bill could scuttle any hope of a compromise on the issue.

Why cracking down on hackers would be bad for innovation

Location:
New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
1

By making the penalties tougher, by expanding the scope of federal anti-hacking statutes and making it easier to prosecute wrongdoers, it’ll convince hackers that it’s just not worth the risk, right? The problem is that simply toughening the laws on hackers by extending their scope and reach or extending the prison sentences of hackers is not going to help catch the real hackers -- the criminalized, anonymous hackers who operate in places such as China.

Comcast has finally become an Internet-first company

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
1

Comcast may have begun as a television provider that later tacked on an Internet business, but now those positions have finally reversed: The company now has more broadband customers than it does TV subscribers.

Why your Internet prices are bound to go up

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
2

any Americans have just one or two choices of Internet provider at home. Critics say this system leads to sky-high, even "ridiculous," prices for Internet. But if you were hoping things will improve, you could be waiting a long time, according to one industry analyst.

Five years after Verizon abandoned FiOS build, Alexandria still seeking fiber

Location:
Alexandria, VA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Alexandria (VA) is trying to find a partner to build a citywide fiber network to serve its 150,000 residents and 15,000 businesses. But the city eight miles outside Washington, DC could already have had a fiber network up and running years ago if Verizon hadn't abandoned a plan to deliver its FiOS service there.

You don’t know it, but you’re working for Facebook. For free.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

What do you call a multimillion-dollar, for-profit company that’s run in large part by unpaid or underpaid grunt laborers? A century ago, you might’ve dubbed it robber-barony or sharecropping — if not, you know, outright slavery. In 2015, though, we call it the social Web.

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The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook: Top Ten Overall Lessons

On July 21, 2015, Gig. U and the Benton Foundation published a comprehensive guide for communities who want better broadband for their residents and businesses. The Next Generation Connectivity Handbook: a Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable Abundant Bandwidth is an indispensable tool in lowering the initial, daunting information barrier for cities just beginning to navigate critical Internet infrastructure issues. Today we share the Handbook’s Top Ten Overall Lessons drawing on the experiences of 25 Gig.U communities who have worked on this issue for many years.

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House Communications Subcommittee Hearing: Promoting Broadband Infrastructure Investment

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
4

The House Communications Subcommittee, in a hearing titled, "Promoting Broadband Infrastructure Investment", discussed ways to promote broadband infrastructure investment in an environment with ever-growing demand for fixed and mobile broadband access.

How policymakers can support broadband abundance

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
1

Michael Slinger, Director of Google Fiber Cities, will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology to urge policymakers to play a more active role in expanding nationwide broadband abundance.

There's more to municipal broadband than public funding, says report

Location:
Gig.U, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, 20016, United States
Recommendation:
3

US communities looking for faster broadband service than incumbent Internet service providers provide have alternatives to the increasingly controversial choice of seeking to publicly fund a network, according to a new handbook for city officials.

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