Internet/Broadband

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

Your Weakest Security Link? Your Children

Location:
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Recommendation:
1

It’s a fact of life online: a network is only as strong as its weakest link. For many people, that weakest link is their children.

Reality Check for Carly Fiorina on Open Internet Policy

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Some technology policy experts have decried recently that national discussions around network neutrality or Open Internet access reflect a lack of policy depth. Fortunately, these elitist concerns about citizen participation in public policy decisions can be dismissed as patronizing at best.

KC Council gets formal plan for 'smart city' project

Location:
Kansas City, MO, United States
Recommendation:
2

Kansas City and its partners plan to spend more than $15 million during the next decade on a "smart city" project. City officials announced in May that Cisco Systems would make Kansas City its latest smart city, with the use of advanced technology to boost the efficiency of a range of services.

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Does The Net Neutrality Decision Impose Rate Regulation?

Location:
Georgetown Law School, 120 F Street, NW Sarah M. Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor, Washington, DC, United States

Few issues before the Federal Communications Commission have generated as much controversy and partisan debate as Network Neutrality. As opposing sides have jockeyed for position, their goal has not always been clarity. Perhaps the most contentious and confusing aspect of the debate since the FCC voted on February 26 is the question of whether the FCC’s Net Neutrality decision imposes rate regulation. That seems like a yes/no question, but it isn’t

How Facebook stumbled into India's fight for net neutrality

Location:
New Delhi, India
Recommendation:
2

The fight for net neutrality has come to India. Two companies withdrew from Facebook's Internet.org project, citing neutrality concerns, and the remaining companies are facing mounting pressure to bail out. But while Internet.org has drawn most of the headlines in the US, it's just one part of a much larger struggle in India, and one that could have serious consequences for the developing world at large.

The numbers behind the broadband ‘homework gap’

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Since the dawn of the Internet, there’s been much talk about the digital divide -- the gap between those with access to the Internet and those without. But what about the “homework gap”? In recent years, policymakers and advocates have pushed to make it easier for low-income households with school-age children to have broadband, arguing that low-income students are at a disadvantage without online access in order to do school work these days.

FCC Commissioner Clyburn at NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association Annual Legislative Conference

Location:
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill -- Valley Forge Room, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Today, broadband is no longer a luxury but a necessity to find a job, monitor your healthcare, get an education, communicate with loved ones and participate in this society. The challenge, or should I say the goal, we face as a nation is how to ensure universal access to broadband comparable to the way we achieved universal access to telephone service.

Comcast to Launch 2-Gig Broadband in California

Location:
Chico, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Comcast said it will roll out Gigabit Pro, its new residential, fiber-based 2 Gbps service, in California in June. Comcast also introduced a new DOCSIS 3.0-based tier, called Extreme 250, that will pump out downstream speeds of up to 250 Mbps and be delivered via the HFC network.

AT&T Launches ‘GigaPower' in Chicago

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T has launched its fiber-based, 1-Gig-capable “GigaPower” service in parts of Chicago (IL), where the telecommunications company competes with Comcast and RCN Corp.

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Does The Net Neutrality Decision Impose Rate Regulation?

Few issues before the Federal Communications Commission have generated as much controversy and partisan debate as Network Neutrality. As opposing sides have jockeyed for position, their goal has not always been clarity. Perhaps the most contentious and confusing aspect of the debate since the FCC voted on February 26 is the question of whether the FCC’s Net Neutrality decision imposes rate regulation. That seems like a yes/no question, but it isn’t.

Congress can help American companies better protect themselves against cyberattacks

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

The drumbeat of high-profile corporate cyber-incidents shows no sign of slowing down. Target, Anthem, JPMorgan Chase, Sony Pictures…the list goes on. There is an array of ...

Are we kidding ourselves on competition?

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

The traditional textbook model of competition in an oligopoly goes likes this. Firms choose prices and other variables (like product quality, advertising and R&D) to ...

The FCC’s Privacy Foray: Privacy Regulation Under Title II

Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

The ill-advised classification of broadband as a Title II telecommunication service triggers a cascading series of additional proceedings to sort through the wide-ranging implications of this radical shift in policy.

Devoncroft Founder: There's no stopping the move to IT/IP

Location:
Devoncroft Partners, 114 C Avenue, Cornado, CA, 92118, United States
Recommendation:
1

Devoncroft Partners' Joe Zaller is reluctant to make predictions about the media technology marketplace, even though he is a expert analyst of it. However, one thing he sees clearly is the inexorable movement of TV media from baseband video to IT files and IP infrastructure.

Look to the States on Broadband

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
2

State and local governments are starting to play an important role in getting broadband Internet access to the American public. And that’s highly commendable considering that many people still do not have access to high-speed connections at affordable prices. For most Americans, broadband is quickly becoming a must-have utility like water and electricity. That’s why it makes sense for cities and states to get involved.

Working Together to Close the Rural Digital Divide

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

Over the last few years, the FCC has made significant progress modernizing its universal service programs to make broadband available to all Americans. Importantly, the FCC in 2011 unanimously voted to transform the USF high-cost program for the large “price cap” carriers into the Connect America program, which supports rural broadband networks. This program is now moving into its second phase, in which $1.8 billion will soon be offered to expand broadband in price cap areas where deployment would not occur absent subsidies. At the same time, however, another part of the universal service program that provides $2 billion annually in support for smaller rural carriers -- called rate-of-return carriers -- requires modernization.

Shots fired in new Web war

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The war over network neutrality is about to see its fiercest fighting yet. Groups representing virtually every corner of the cable and telecom industry have unleashed a barrage of lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission’s new Internet regulations, in what has all the makings of a heavyweight bought destined to go all 12 rounds.

Comcast and Time Warner Cable to Meet With DOJ to Negotiate Merger

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
2

Apparently, Comcast and Time Warner Cable are preparing to meet with Department of Justice officials April 22 to negotiate possible concessions that could ease regulators’ concerns about the cable giants merging. The meeting would mark the first time the cable behemoths have sat down with regulators to try to hash out potential remedies in the more than 14 months since the $45.2 billion deal was announced.

Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger may hinge on Internet service expansion

Location:
California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Avenue, CA, 94102, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast’s bid to win state approval to purchase Time Warner Cable could hinge on whether the company becomes a generous corporate citizen.

Comcast Deal Collapse Would Kill Other Mergers in Domino Effect

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The potential collapse of Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable wouldn’t just be a setback for those two companies. It would also unwind other pending deals and have a wide-reaching impact on the cable industry.

Senator Wyden: Congress may block government access to encrypted consumer devices

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

For months, senior intelligence and law enforcement officials have been calling for built-in access to consumer devices in the name of national security. But Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR), a key senator who oversees intelligence programs from his perch on the Intelligence Committee, says he and other members of Congress will fight hard against government "back doors" into encryption.

Netflix Is Betting Its Future on Exclusive Programming

Location:
Netflix, 100 Winchester Cir., Los Gatos, CA, 95032, United States
Recommendation:
1

Netflix is planning 320 hours of original programming in 2015. That is about three times what it offered in 2014. That expanding range of original programming available on Netflix signals how CEO Reed Hastings wants to position the company as the entertainment world undergoes a digital revolution.

Size Matters on the Internet

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

In case anyone thinks the European Union’s charges against Google are really about antitrust, the EU’s digital commissioner recently made clear the real issue: “Our online businesses are today totally dependent on a few non-EU players,” Günther Oettinger said.

Brussels plans to shake up telecoms market

Location:
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
1

The European Commission is set to launch reforms of everything from telecoms to media to online shopping as part of plans for a “digital single market” within the European Union on May 6.

Bringing Spectrum Sharing to a "Model City"

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
1

As we explore a bold new world of sharing spectrum across government and commercial users, National Telecommunications and Information Administration is continuing the conversation about how to make this vision a reality. NTIA and the Federal Communications held a two-day workshop focused on the Model City initiative, which would establish a pilot program in a major U.S. city or cities that will serve as a test bed to evaluate and demonstrate spectrum-sharing technology in a real-world urban environment.

CenturyLink Sues FCC Over Open Internet Order

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States
Recommendation:
2

CenturyLink has added its voice to the chorus of legal challengers to the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules.

Who Will Track the Internet Trackers?

Location:
Mozilla, 650 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 94041, United States
Recommendation:
1

It's a given that when you visit a website, that site is gathering information about you. Big Data knows you, and it knows you well.

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Literacy and Access Roles Help Libraries Remain Vital Community Anchors

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
Recommendation:
4

Perhaps we all grew up thinking of libraries as buildings or rooms within a building with stores of books, magazines, recorded music and video waiting for us to browse and ...

Comcast/Time Warner Critics: Neutrality Condition Would Not Sweeten It

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

Groups that don't like the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger still don't like the merger, and would not like it even if it had a net neutrality condition that applied the new rules regardless of their court status.

Tech Innovation Group Proposes Internet Independence Day

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

A group of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) pioneers and other tech types opposed to the Federal Communications Commission's decision to reclassify Internet service providers under Title II, including computer entrepreneur Mark Cuban, have sent an open letter to Congress asking that it declare April 30 Internet Independence Day to mark the anniversary of the April 30, 1995 "birth" of the commercial Internet (which is the date of the "decommissioning of the NSFNET backbone," they say).

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