Internet/Broadband

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

Remarks of FCC’s Gigi Sohn at Fiber on Fire Conference

Location:
Anaheim, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

When I learned the theme of this conference, “Fiber on Fire,” I thought it was fitting that I would be here. That’s because when it comes to fiber deployment, the Federal Communications Commission is fired up to ensure that Americans have a fast and vibrant Internet ecosystem.

US, Brazil to restart long dormant Internet working group

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The US and Brazil have pledged to restart a long-dormant Internet policy working group in the fall. The move is a rare step forward on cyber issues for the two countries, which have been at odds on Internet policy since the revelations of US spying in 2013.

Court sets schedule for net neutrality case

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 717 Madison PL, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has set a schedule for the legal case over the Federal Communications Commission's controversial network neutrality rules.

False Alert: Can You Really Trust that Tweet for Emergency Communications?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Highly coordinated disinformation campaigns can spell big problems for emergency communications in the future

AOL in Deal With Microsoft to Take Over Display Ad Business

Location:
AOL, 770 Broadway, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

AOL will take over management and sales of display, mobile and video advertising that appears on Xbox, Skype and other Microsoft products in the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil and five European countries. The move takes Microsoft largely out of the display ad business while giving AOL access to some of the web’s most popular destinations.

EU network neutrality to allow fast streaming

Location:
Europe
Recommendation:
2

European lawmakers have agreed to a final proposal to scrap mobile phone roaming charges and adopt new rules on online network neutrality.

Cash for personal data does not add up, says Ipsos boss

Location:
Ipsos OTX MediaCT, 275 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY, 10001, United States
Recommendation:
1

Companies should not offer to pay people for personal data because the rich will simply opt out, says the head of one of the largest market research companies.

Facebook can recognize you even if your face isn’t visible

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Thanks to advances in computer vision, we now have machines that can pick you out of a lineup. But what if your face is hidden from view? An experimental algorithm out of Facebook’s artificial intelligence lab can recognize people in photographs even when it can’t make out their faces.

10 Gigabit Broadband Gains Further Momentum with Calix News

Location:
Calix, 1035 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA, 94954, United States
Recommendation:
1

Ultra-high-speed broadband gained further momentum today with an announcement from Calix that the company will support increased capacity and 10 Gbps connectivity on its popular E-Series broadband access equipment.

FCC’s Pai Announces His Plan to Support Broadband Deployment in Rural America

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

Those living in rural America need high-speed broadband in order to compete in the digital economy. Today, I'm announcing my plan to help deliver the online opportunities they deserve. I am putting on the table a concrete and specific plan for giving rate-of-return carriers a chance to participate in the Connect America Fund if they want to do so.

PayPal walks back its controversial robocalling policy

Location:
PayPal, 2211 North First Street, San Jose, CA, 95131, United States
Recommendation:
1

PayPal is changing its tune on sending you automated phone calls and text messages in the face of pushback from regulators and consumers.

Coding for Liberty: On the Ground at Rand Paul’s Presidential Hackathon

Location:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Virtually everyone at #HackForRand brings up privacy rights and the National Security Agency within ten seconds of explaining why they’re here, and the goal of the hackathon -- a 24-hour marathon competition of programming judged by a three-person panel -- is to work on building an app that advances “liberty and privacy.”

It’s time to make broadband priority

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

The Internet is the greatest free-market innovation in history. And if we want it to thrive, our government needs to refocus its efforts on what really benefits consumers — namely, more broadband investment, deployment and competition.

Iraqi government shut down the Internet to...prevent exam cheating?

Location:
Republic of Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq
Recommendation:
1

A year after Iraqi officials ordered the shutdown of Internet access in nearly a quarter of the country to limit the ability of ISIS to communicate, the government ordered a complete shutdown of Internet service in the country for three hours on Saturday, June 27.

Remarks Of FCC’s Gigi Sohn At Westminster's Fiber Launch Party

Location:
Westminster, MD, United States
Recommendation:
2

What is happening today is a great example of local communities and their leaders taking control of their broadband future. Westminster (MD) has chosen to engage in a private-public partnership with Ting, which will be providing the city with what they call "crazy fast fiber Internet."

Big Data vs. Best Data: The Future of You in a Networked World

Location:
DocuSign, 221 Main St, San Francisco, CA, 94105, United States
Recommendation:
1

With the advent of wearables, the connected home and other types of networked devices, we’ll all be asked to give the okay to allow certain actions to happen automatically as we offload some of the more mundane tasks in our lives to be automated.

Behind Silicon Valley’s Self-Critical Tone on Diversity, a Lack of Progress

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

It is as if these large tech companies are all reading from the same public relations playbook, delivering slight variations on the same self-effacing message on diversity. But while they all seem to acknowledge that there is much improvement to be made, the repetition of the statements provides a reminder that there has been little progress so far.

Network neutrality starts with a whimper

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

While the Federal Communications Commission’s new network neutrality rules are now in effect, consumers are unlikely to have noticed.

The Wait-for-Google-to-Do-It Strategy

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

It’s too often said that some event “changed everything” in technology. But when it comes to the history of broadband in the United States, Google Fiber really did.

When a Company Is Put Up for Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
3

Of the 99 sites with English-language terms of service or privacy policies, 85 said they might transfer users’ information if a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, asset sale or other transaction occurred.

2016's campaign technology takes online tracking to new level

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Presidential campaigns this time around have a new technological ace in the hole -- you. Building off two decades of digital wizardry, the campaigns are getting ready to monitor and analyze most of what you do online instantaneously. And if you forward certain political emails to your Aunt Maggie in Iowa or your old college roommate in Ohio, they'll reward you for doing it.

High-Profile Study Turns Up the Antitrust Heat on Google

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

Google is facing a new high-profile adversary in the roiling fight over whether its monolithic search engine violates antitrust law: Columbia Law School professor and noted Internet theorist Tim Wu.

There's a special place for those who quash hyperbole in online comments

Location:
Reason, 5737 Mesmer Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90230, United States
Recommendation:
2

Imagine the fun: A libertarian magazine, which has been criticizing the drug war and government overreach for 47 years while fighting constantly to expand the parameters of free speech, legally barred from talking about an egregious free-speech clampdown in its own lap.

How Television Won the Internet

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Television, not digital media, is mastering the model of the future: Make ’em pay. And the corollary: Make a product that they’ll pay for.

House Pushed to Vote on Privacy Bill

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

Congress is getting pressure to pass a bill that would make it harder for the government to access e-mails, texts and other online communications, including from the legislator who proposed it.

FCC to start work on broadband privacy in fall

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Federal Communications Commission will start the rulemaking process Fall 2015 to clarify its expanded privacy authority under new Internet rules.

Why a top net neutrality activist took a gig with an Internet provider

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States
Recommendation:
1

At the height of the war over network neutrality, Marvin Ammori was one of the most outspoken critics of Internet providers, calling for tough new rules to make sure they don't block, slow or selectively speed up Web sites in exchange for cash. Now he's been hired by the very industry he spent so long attacking.

Enabling competition from Google Fiber means FCC must reconsider pole attachment pricing

Location:
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Recommendation:
1

Google Fiber's plans to bring its 1 Gbps service into Salt Lake City (UT) and Nashville (TN) by using existing utility poles in each city not only sheds light on its ongoing buildout strategy, but also shows how important access to utility poles at reasonable rates is key to expanding broadband services.

Be Careful What You Wish For: Why Europe Should Avoid the Mistakes of US Internet Access Policy

Location:
stiftung neue verantwortung, Berline Freiheit 2 Beisheim Center, Berlin, Germany
Recommendation:
2

Over the last few years, policy makers in the European Union have elevated the digital agenda to the highest tier of regional objectives. To reach certain goals, EU policy makers have looked at the results in the US high-speed Internet access market to find insights and alternative regulatory approaches.

Americans' Internet Access: 2000-2015

Location:
Pew Internet & American Life Project, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Pew Research Center’s unit studying the Internet and society began systematically measuring Internet adoption among Americans in 2000. Since then, Pew Research has conducted 97 national surveys of adults that have documented how the internet has become an integral part of everyday life across diverse parts of society.

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