Internet/Broadband

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

What to Know About "The Cyber" From the First Presidential Debate

Location:
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, 11549, United States
Recommendation:
3

The presidential nominees agree that the nation’s cybersecurity will be a priority for the winner of the November election. And that’s where the agreement ends. During the “Securing America” segment of Sept 26’s presidential debate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump offered some of their thoughts—and colorful quotes—on who is attacking US institutions and how to fight them. Here’s what we learned.

Trump vs. Clinton: Who's Better on Cybersecurity?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Comparing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on cybersecurity is probably one of the toughest challenges for a journalist writing about the presidential race. Or, perhaps, it’s one of the easiest. Donald Trump has no mention whatsoever of cybersecurity in his official platform.

Trump vs. Clinton: Who's Better On Telecom?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Evaluating Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on technology and telecommunication policy issues poses an interesting challenge. Clinton has laid out detailed proposals on issues ranging from network neutrality to expanding broadband access to increasing broadband competition.

Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting WhatsApp user data

Location:
Data Privacy and Freedom of Information (Germany), Klosterwall 6, Hamburg, 20095, Germany
Recommendation:
3

The German data protection agency has ordered Facebook to stop collecting user data from its WhatsApp messenger app and delete any data it has already received.

The Broadband Gender Divide Takes Center Stage

Location:
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland
Recommendation:
3

The 2016 State of Broadband Report published by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development offers plenty of good news, data, and insights on the deployment of broadband worldwide and developments in the next generation of mobile broadband (5G), fixed broadband and satellite broadband systems. The telecommunication company and technology industry also recognizes that women and girls play a vital part in sustainable global development.

4 questions regulators should ask on zero rating and free data

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

The Federal Communications Commission’s open Internet rules address free data and zero rating on a case-by-case basis. The Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications’ (BEREC) non-binding guidelines for implementing network neutrality in the European Union also support this approach. While case-by-case assessment may be a workable solution for zero rating, it is not unproblematic. Allocating scarce regulatory resources and selecting the forum in which the analysis takes place is not straightforward. Given the dearth of academic literature on the topic, here are four questions to help regulators assess the economic merits of specific zero rated offers and to prioritize whether a given zero-rated offer warrants scrutiny.

Google backs Internet transition plan

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

Google is throwing its support behind the Obama Administration's controversial plans to hand over management of the Internet domain name system. Google called the Obama Administration’s proposed transition of Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) from US oversight to an international governing authority an “important step to protect the Internet for generations to come.”

The Broadband Question

Location:
NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
Recommendation:
5

An array of civil rights and tech organizations including the NAACP, New America's Open Technology Institute, the Benton Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology are urging NBC anchor and debate moderator Lester Holt (and the other debate moderators) to add a question about affordable broadband.

Bridging the Digital (Veteran) Divide

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
4

Rep Jerry McNerney (D-CA) has introduced a bill to boost broadband access for veterans, saying they should not be left behind in the push for broadband adoption.

iGR Report: US Home Broadband and Wi-Fi Usage Forecast, 2015-2020

Location:
iGR, 12400 W. Hwy 71, Austin, TX, 78738, United States
Recommendation:
3

Average monthly broadband usage in US homes is 190 gigabytes per month, according to a new report from iGR Research. More than 95% of this traffic is video.

Announcing Over $80 million in New Federal Investment and a Doubling of Participating Communities in the White House Smart Cities Initiative

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

To kick off Smart Cities Week, the Obama Administration is expanding the Smart Cities initiative, with over $80 million in new Federal investments and a doubling of the number of participating cities and communities, exceeding 70 in total.

Cox raises broadband rates for second time in a year

Location:
Cox Communications, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30319, United States
Recommendation:
2

Cox Communications has again in 2016 raised its broadband rates for customers, citing "product and technology investments and increases in business costs" as the reason for the increase.

Taxpayers Protection Alliance Wants Clinton, Trump to Talk FCC

Location:
Taxpayers Protection Alliance, 815 King Street, Alexadria, VA, 22314, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance is calling on the presidential candidates to talk about how to "reform" the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies during their debate Sept 26.

Adelaide, Australia Joins Three US Cities in US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities

Location:
Adelaide, Australia
Recommendation:
3

Three US and one Australian city joined the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities Program, the federal public-private non-profit partnership announced Sept 26.

Cops are raiding the homes of innocent people based only on IP addresses

Location:
Electronic Frontier Foundation, 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110-1914, United States
Recommendation:
2

Internet Protocol (IP) addresses can be incredibly useful for a police investigation, but they can also lead cops astray.

ISP explains data caps to FCC: Using the Internet is like eating Oreos

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

If you were worried that the debate over Internet data caps would get bogged down in technical mumbo-jumbo, fear no more—it's actually much simpler than you think.

Government lawyers don’t understand the Internet. That’s a problem.

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal government lawyers are struggling to grasp the increasingly technical cases that come before them. Both federal prosecutors and the attorneys who represent executive agencies in court are bungling lawsuits across the country because they don’t understand what they’re talking about. Too few lawyers have the skill set or the specialized knowledge to make sense of code, networks and the people who use them, and too few law schools are telling them what they need to know.

Google’s Internet-Beaming Balloon Gets a New Pilot: Artificial Intelligence

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Google X lab launched a balloon into the stratosphere over Peru, and it stayed there for 98 days. Launching balloons into the stratosphere is a usual thing for the Google X lab—or just X, as it’s now called after spinning off from Google and nestling under the new umbrella called Alphabet.

CenturyLink: We can achieve 50% penetration in areas served by CAF-II

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink said that as it extends broadband services to rural areas via the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund-II program, it can attract a larger amount of customers that reside in 1.2 million homes with 10/1 Mbps speeds.

ICANN -- A Regulator in Need of Antitrust Oversight

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

The pending transition of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) away from US government oversight has involved in-depth discussion about how to maintain an open Internet free from government control. What has received considerably less attention in these discussions is how ICANN has performed while under US oversight—especially as a regulator.

How Donald Trump’s Internet policy could benefit Russia

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Reporting has uncovered extensive ties between Donald Trump and Russia. Trump has made little secret of his personal admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he has praised as having "great control over his country." The Republican presidential nominee even appeared to openly solicit Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton's e-mails — to the point that critics have accused him of treason. So it may seem surprising to hear the Trump campaign suddenly change its tone on Russia over an obscure battle on Internet policy.

Donald Trump Doubles Down on Internet Ignorance

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

Donald Trump wants to make the Internet great again. Problem is, the GOP nominee doesn’t know enough about the Internet to understand what, if anything, that means.

AT&T sues Nashville in bid to stall Google Fiber

Location:
Nashville Metro Council, 1 Public Sq, Nashville, TN, 37201, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T has sued Nashville (TN) to stop a new ordinance designed to accelerate the deployment of Google Fiber.

Washington’s weird war on “free”

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

No good deed goes unpunished. Try giving away free stuff to consumers, and Washington gets very suspicious.

An Economic Summit: America's Digital Infrastructure 2017 and Beyond

Sep 28 2016 - 8:30am - 1:00pm
Location:
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, 37th and O Streets, NW Rafik B. Hariri Building, Washington, DC, 20057, United States

As the nation faces a political transition, the time is ripe to highlight and examine the underlying economics of policies that will ensure America’s leadership in the deployment and adoption of cutting-edge digital infrastructure. This Economic Summit will assemble leading economists from across the country to: (1) consider the principal economic policy challenges influencing the ongoing deployment of broadband technologies; (2) discuss current economic policy developments that impact investment in and deployment of digital infrastructures; and (3) offer recommendations for next-administration economic policies.

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At CCA Convention, FCC Commissioners Discuss Competition and the Future of Mobile Broadband

This week, three members of the Federal Communications Commission spoke to the Competitive Carriers Association, an advocacy organization for competitive wireless carriers.

Comcast, Charter Push Into Wireless Comes With Limits

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

The two biggest cable companies said they will soon start selling wireless service but they will be entering a competitive market with handcuffs.

Reps Huffman and Eshoo Introduce Public Lands Telecommunications Bill

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

In an effort to address the spotty access to broadband in many rural regions, Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduced the Public Lands Telecommunications Act.

Anacortes Begins Designing Municipal Fiber Network

Location:
Anacortes, WA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The city of Anacortes (WA) took a step toward developing its own fiber-optic Internet network when the City Council gave the go-ahead to design part of the network.

Spending bill doesn't include Cruz internet fight

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

A push by Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) to block the Obama Administration from handing over management of the internet is not part of a short-term spending bill backed by Senate GOP leadership. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed the continuing resolution (CR) without Cruz's initiative, which had gotten fierce pushback from Democrats and the White House. Sen Cruz said that he was "profoundly disappointed" that the provision is being left out.

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