Internet/Broadband

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

Six Things Trump’s FCC Chairman Doesn’t Want You to Know About Net Neutrality

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

For Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, fabricating a network neutrality counter-narrative means making things up  while burying mounting evidence that the 2015 rules are working well. It’s all part of Pai’s ongoing efforts to keep people in the dark as he tries to strip away the open-internet protections that millions upon millions of internet users demand.

Education Groups Urge Leaders to Advance Digital Equity

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

CoSN and the Alliance for Excellent Education issued two complementary resources for school leaders to advance digital equity and increase broadband connectivity to students nationwide. Advancing Digital Equity and Closing the Homework Gap details the current state of broadband access, its adoption, and its barriers in US communities. The second brief, Advancing Digital Equity: An Update on the FCC’s Lifeline Program, recaps efforts to modernize the Lifeline Program, explains how these changes are at risk, and puts forth ways school leaders can stand up for the program and its positive impact on learning.

What’s next for global internet freedom under the Trump administration?

Jun 14 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

On June 14, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will host an event to explore the potential strategic and implementation changes that lie ahead in the area of internet freedom. A panel of experts will discuss the potential impact on U.S. foreign policy initiatives, international relations, and the Trump administration’s goal of negotiating lower trade barriers for American companies.

Democrats want to turn net neutrality into the next GOP health-care debacle

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

Now that the Federal Communications Commission has released its official proposal to repeal network neutrality rules, Democrats are vowing to fight that measure in the courts, at the Federal Communications Commission, and in the realm of public opinion.

No Matter What Washington Does, One Nonprofit Is Closing the Digital Divide

Location:
EveryoneOn , 718 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

EveryoneOn is announcing its plans to take over the ConnectHome program from HUD and expand its efforts to close the digital divide in more than 100 communities, both rural and urban, by 2020. HUD will still serve on the group’s advisory board, but will no longer manage it day to day. The new entity, rebranded ConnectHome Nation, is an effort not only to grow the program but to protect it from the often mercurial whims of Washington.

More Tech Reaction to Blackburn Privacy Bill

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

Oracle plans to send a letter voicing its support of House telecom subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn's (R-TN) new privacy bill. The recently introduced legislation would ...

Cities Clamor for More Clout at FCC

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

The rules of broadband are changing, and local governments want a say in how they evolve.

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The Emerging World of Broadband Public–Private Partnerships: A Business Strategy and Legal Guide

Location:
Benton Foundation, 727 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, United States
Recommendation:
3

It is an era of unprecedented interest in broadband as a platform of economic and community development. Advanced communications networks are increasingly recognized as a growing engine for economic activity, democratic participation, healthcare, and education. Local governments, in particular, increasingly embrace opportunities to develop next-generation broadband in their communities—and to reap the many benefits that broadband will deliver to their residents and businesses. Emerging public–private partnership (P3) models present a promising alternative to the traditional “municipal broadband” or “middle mile” models for the many communities that lack the capital or expertise to deploy and operate fiber networks, or to act as Internet service providers (ISPs) on their own. These models include: 1) Public facilitation of private investment, 2) Public funding and private execution, and 2) Shared investment and risk.

Breaking down the FCC’s proposal to destroy net neutrality

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

The first half of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) sets out the FCC majority’s proposal for reversing classification of broadband internet access services as “telecommunications services” governed by Title II of the Communications Act. The second half purports to “re-evaluate” the existing net neutrality rules, the mechanisms that enforce them and any legal authority (other than Title II) that could be used to support them.

Municipal Fiber in the United States: An Empirical Assessment of Financial Performance

Location:
University of Pennsylvania, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, United States
Recommendation:
2

The authors conducted an analysis of every municipal fiber project in the United States based on the authoritative documentation issued by the cities, specifically the official legal disclosures filed with securities regulators when issuing municipal bonds and their audited financial statements.

Frontier CAF Investments Support Broadband Expansion in Four States

Location:
WV, United States

Approximately 140,000+ rural homes across four states -- West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee -- have improved broadband access, due in part to Frontier and the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund (CAF) investments.

Another elected official cites ‘the Internet’ in defense of his bad arguments

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

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) offered a head-slapping defense of a conspiracy theory he touted on CNN: It was something that he’d seen on the Internet.

The FCC’s case against net neutrality rests on a deliberate misrepresentation of how the internet works

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

The Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom notice of proposed rulemaking states ...

Net Neutrality Debate: Businesses Favor Rules Despite FCC Chairman Pai's Claims

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

Not all small broadband Internet access service providers are on board with the idea of repealing current net neutrality protections.

Dear Congress: Please don’t make us live through the net neutrality nightmare again

Location:
Application Developers Alliance, 1015 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

What developers need is an internet where anyone that’s smart, hardworking, and a little lucky can win. Not a playing field that is rule-free, but one where the rules are known, and where rules are stable and consistent.

Don’t Freak Out About the FCC’s New Approach to Net Neutrality

Location:
R Street Institute, 1050 17th St NW STE 1150, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Chairman Pai says he welcomes public input and wants to build a bipartisan consensus—like the one that has informed commission policy since at least the Clinton era—about how to deal with net neutrality issues. Pai also insists that he has been “pretty consistent about my view that I favor a free and open internet.” Some critics of the latest move may dismiss Pai’s statements as empty rhetoric, but dismissing the invitation to contribute to this new proceeding will only hurt the debate over the future of net neutrality.

Cleveland Broadband Consumers Pledges Multi-Front Campaign Against AT&T

Location:
Cleveland , OH, United States
Recommendation:
1

Daryl Parks, the attorney representing "Cleveland Broadband Consumers" claiming AT&T is "redlining" service in Cleveland and elsewhere, is pledging to open a multi-front legal attack on the company, including raising questions about its fitness for the multi-billion-dollar contract to manage FirstNet.

And now, a brief definition of the web

Recommendation:
1

What exactly is the web?

Legislative Efforts In Missouri, Tennessee Leave Broadband Advocates Hopeful

Location:
MO, United States
Recommendation:
2

Advocates who say local governments and utility cooperatives should have more freedom to provide broadband in underserved areas scored two legislative victories this spring. In Missouri, a bill that would have restricted the ability of cities, counties, or other public entities to run broadband networks was defeated. In Tennessee, the state passed a bill that expands the ability of electric cooperatives to get into the broadband business.

Cable Industry Lobbyists Write Republican Talking Points on Net Neutrality

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

Following the vote by the Federal Communication Commission to unwind the net neutrality rules enacted during the Obama administration, House Republican lawmakers received an email from GOP leadership on how to defend the decision. The talking points were created by Kerry Landon, the assistant director of industry grassroots at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, a trade group that lobbies on behalf of Comcast, Cox Communications, Charter, and other cable industry companies.

Fight for the Future Claims Comcast Censorship

Location:
Fight for the Future, Boston, MA, 02205, United States
Recommendation:
1

Fight for the Future is claiming Comcast is trying to censor pro-network neutrality website Comcastroturf.com.

Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff

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

Google will begin using data from billions of credit and debit card transactions — including card numbers, purchase amounts and time stamps — to solve the advertising juggernaut’s long-standing quest to prove that online ads prompt consumers to make purchases in brick-and-mortar stores.

Google Fiber Lifts Off in Huntsville

Location:
Huntsville, AL, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google Fiber is officially lifting off in Rocket City.

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.

Ensuring every community in America has access to high-quality broadband

Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Broadband infrastructure legislation has been building momentum in recent weeks. Several bills have been introduced, Infrastructure Week created a buzz, and the Trump administration says that an infrastructure plan will be released soon. What does this all mean for America’s invisible broadband infrastructure and our digital future?

$2.3B Wave Broadband Acquisition by RCN Will Create Sixth Largest Cable Broadband Operator

Location:
TPG Capital , San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

In its latest deal, TPG Capital is backing RCN’s $2.3 billion Wave Broadband acquisition.

These are the arguments against net neutrality — and why they’re wrong

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

1. Title II is a depression-era rule intended for regulating the AT&T/Ma Bell monopoly ...

Reclassification and Investment: An Analysis of Free Press’ “It’s Working” Report

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States
Recommendation:
1

Free Press recently released a report on the capital expenditures of broadband service providers entitled, It’s Working: How the Internet Access and Online Video Markets are Thriving in the Title II Era.

America’s dangerous Internet delusion

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
2

The unmistakable lesson of recent years is that the Internet is a double-edged sword. Despite enormous benefits — instant access to huge quantities of information, the proliferation of new forms of businesses, communications and entertainment — it also encourages crime, global conflict and economic disruption.

Bringing the Internet to Rural India

Location:
Taradand, MP, India
Recommendation:
2

While India produces some of the world’s best coders and computer engineers, vast multitudes of its people are entering the virtual world with little sense of what lies within it, or how it could be of use to them. Those who work in development tend to speak of this moment as a civilizational breakthrough, of particular significance in a country aching to educate its children.

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