Internet/Broadband

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

ISPs seek end of privacy rules just in time for Trump’s inauguration

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

New privacy rules that protect the Web browsing data of broadband subscribers went into effect just two weeks ago, but they could be overturned shortly after Republicans gain a majority at the Federal Communications Commission.

Five Years Later, SOPA and PIPA Serve as a Warning to the Trump Administration

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

Five years ago today, millions of people came together to shock Washington into action on behalf of the public. Jan 18, 2012 was a day of mass protests against legislation that would have undermined the free and open exchange of information online.

Who Is Killing the Towns of Western Massachusetts?

Location:
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
3

his is the story of a dramatic failure of imagination and vision at the state level: Gov Charlie Baker’s (R-MA) apparent insistence that Massachusetts relegate small towns to second-rate, high-priced, monopoly-controlled (and unregulated) communications capacity.

Cable One to Buy NewWave for $735M

Location:
NewWave Communications, Sikeston, MO, United States
Recommendation:
3

Cable One said it has agreed to purchase mid-sized cable operator NewWave Communications from private equity group GTCR for $735 million in cash.

The Next Three Billion: Initiatives to Bring the Whole World Online

Jan 9 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Please join us for this half-day forum as we showcase – and debate – both “moon shot” global innovations and more local, community networking strategies. The event will also provide updates and a look ahead for the Global Connect Initiative with perspectives from both the State Department and development bank leadership.

Your research can help the FTC protect consumers

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

As I finish my year as Federal Trade Commission Chief Technologist, I wanted to take one more opportunity to encourage researchers to conduct research relevant to consumer protection and share it with the FTC

Vice President-elect Pence promises ‘big’ infrastructure bill as he address gathering of mayors

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Vice President-elect Mike Pence pledged that the incoming administration would work with Republican and Democratic mayors alike on priorities facing America’s cities, including passage of a “big” infrastructure bill.

Commissioner Clyburn Statement on Small Business Exemption

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

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission issued the following statement in response to the Commission’s failure to address the needs ofsmall broadband providers:

City/county leaders cite digital inclusion, education as top priorities for libraries

Location:
International City/County Management Association (ICMA), 777 North Capitol St NE #500, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Local government leaders envision public libraries as a key resource to support their communities’ education and digital inclusion goals while indicating interest in exploring new roles for libraries to address other community priorities, according to a recent survey conducted by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), in partnership with The Aspen Institute and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Empirical data on the privacy paradox

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The contemporary debate about the effects of new technology on individual privacy centers on the idea that privacy is an eroding value. The erosion is ongoing and takes place because of the government and big corporations that collect data on us all: In the consumer space, technology and the companies that create it erode privacy, as consumers trade away their solitude either unknowingly or in exchange for convenience and efficiency.

What's the Return on Investment on Local Broadband?

Location:
Louisville, KY, United States
Recommendation:
3

Hard data enables Louisville (KY) residents to know their broadband speeds and it's also proving beneficial to the city, which is looking to kick off new connectivity projects.

Local Activism Is the Best Way to Preserve Net Neutrality

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

Before President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan 20, take a moment to remember the height of the network neutrality battles of 2014 and 2015. Remember the letter writing campaigns, the comments filed to the Federal Communications Commission (some of them handwritten), remember John Oliver’s rant.

TDS Goes 50/50 with State to Expand Minnesota Rural Broadband

Location:
TDS Telecom, Madison, WI, United States
Recommendation:
3

TDS Telecom (TDS) announced it would receive $3 million in Minnesota Dept of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) funds and invest another $3 million to expand and improve rural broadband services in parts of Crow Wing and Cass Counties.

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The Creation Orientation = Better Community Broadband

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

There are two ways to approach community broadband networks and “owning the business of broadband”: the problem-solving approach and the creation orientation approach. In creation orientation, you go about the process of creating something that didn’t before exist. This orientation is a different way of thinking about the task at hand, and leads to more effective broadband projects. Hybrid wireless/wired infrastructure facilitates the creation orientation.

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The Creation Orientation = Better Community Broadband

Broadband Opportunity Council Agencies' Progress Report

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

Agencies have made great strides toward meeting the goals set forth in d the Presidential Memorandum on “Expanding Broadband Deployment and Adoption by Addressing Regulatory Barriers and Encouraging Investment and Training” by fulfilling, and even exceeding, the initial commitments outlined in the Broadband Opportunity Council’s report.

The impact of intra-platform competition on broadband penetration

Location:
Europe
Recommendation:
2

There has been an extensive debate about the role of broadband access regulation on market outcomes. This paper estimates the impact that the different modes of competition have had on broadband take-up to date, using a data set for 27 European Union countries. We find that unbundled local loop (ULL), which is one of the main types of access-based competition in Europe, has had a positive impact on broadband take-up.

Agencies Making Progress to Connect America

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

Over the last eight years, our agencies have worked to expand the availability and adoption of broadband in recognition of the increasingly important role that the Internet is playing in every facet of society. Recognizing the opportunity to marshal resources across the entire federal government, President Barack Obama in March 2015 created the Broadband Opportunity Council, co-chaired by the Secretaries of Agriculture and Commerce, which in August 2015 identified a series of executive actions that could be taken through existing agency programs, missions, and budgets to increase broadband deployment, competition, and adoption. We are pleased to report that the 25 participating agencies have made considerable progress toward completing their commitments.

Exclusive Peek at SpaceX Data Shows Loss in 2015, Heavy Expectations for Nascent Internet Service

Location:
SpaceX, Hawthorne, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Financial reports and interviews with former SpaceX employees depict robust growth in new rocket-launch contracts and a thin bottom line that is vulnerable when things go awry. They also show the company putting steep revenue expectations on a nascent satellite-internet business it hopes will eventually dwarf the rocket division and help finance its goal of manned missions to Mars.

Consolidated Communications, FairPoint Gets Antitrust OK

Location:
Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

The federal government has no antitrust issues with the proposed $1.5 billion merger of ISP Consolidated Communications Holdings and ISP holding company FairPoint.

Prepared Remarks of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: "A Time to Look Forward: Protecting What Americans Now Enjoy"

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

We are at a fork in that road. One path leads forward. The other leads back to re-litigating solutions that are demonstrably working. Looking forward is an era of Internet service providers operating responsibly at both the edge and the core network under light touch regulation accompanied by a referee on the field to throw the flag when necessary. Looking backward takes away existing protections and throws into question ISP expansion into edge activities.

The privacy paradox II: Measuring the privacy benefits of privacy threats

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Evidence indicates that concerns over privacy do not dampen consumer enthusiasm for new technologies. Scholars have generally attributed this phenomenon to individuals prioritizing convenience, efficiency, or service delivery over privacy. However, a 2015 Brookings paper proposed an alternative explanation, arguing that in fact, countervailing privacy concerns may be a significant part of consumers’ value judgments.

10 tech issues that will impact social justice in 2017

Location:
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY, 10017, United States
Recommendation:
3

As we begin a new year and a new political administration takes office in the US, let’s take some time to consider some pressing issues that exist at the nexus of technology and social justice—and think about how we as social justice advocates can address them most effectively.

Self-segregation: how a personalized world is dividing Americans

Location:
Data & Society Research Institute, 36 West 20th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Recommendation:
3

It’s a fact: while Americans have countless tools with which to connect with one another, we are also watching fragmentation, polarization, and de-diversification happen en masse.

Broadband Opportunity Council: Accomplishments and Outlook

Jan 18 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

Trump’s internet opportunity

Location:
Endgame, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, United States
Recommendation:
1

We are standing at a critical juncture in our collective digital history. The rise of cybersovereignty – or, as it might be more accurately called, cyberfascism – has ushered in a global wave of censorship, surveillance, monitoring, and filtering that could directly hamper, or even reverse, the spread of a free and open internet.

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Reactions to FCC Zero-Rating Report

Some Democratic lawmakers were praising the Federal Communications Commission's report finding that some zero-rating plans may run afoul of network neutrality rules. S

Record shares of Americans now own smartphones, have home broadband

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

Nearly nine-in-ten Americans today are online, up from about half in the early 2000s. Pew Research Center has chronicled this trend and others through more than 15 years of surveys on internet and technology use.

Congestion on the Last Mile

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

It has long been recognized that networked services contain weak-link vulnerabilities. That is, the performance of any frontier device depends on the performance of every contributing component and service.

Pai Statement on FCC's Midnight Regulation of Free Data

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

It is disappointing that the Federal Communications Commission’s current leadership has yet again chosen to spend its last days in office the same way it spent the last few years—cutting corners on process, keeping fellow Commissioners in the dark, and pursuing partisan, political agendas that only harm investment and innovation.

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