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Team Internet: People Power in the Fight for Net Neutrlaity

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

We’re seeing an unprecedented level of political engagement in this cultural moment. In the two months since the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, those efforts have crystallized into a decentralized grassroots movement to defend a free and open internet. Welcome to Team Internet.

Deletion of Agenda Items From September 26, 2017 Open Meeting

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

The following Agenda items have been adopted by the Commission, and deleted from the list of items scheduled for consideration at the Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Open Meeting and previously listed in the Commission’s Notice of Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FCC Chairman Pai Continues to Hide the Truth About Broadband Investment to Justify His Ideological Vendetta Against Net Neutrality

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

In filings about the Federal Communications Commission’s forthcoming wireless-competition report, Free Press called out FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for misrepresenting the state of broadband investment following the agency’s 2015 network neutrality ruling.

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly announces Brooke Ericson as Chief of Staff, Press Contact and Media Advisor

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

Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has hired Brooke Ericson as chief of staff, press contact and media advisor in his office.

FCC Commissioner Clyburn Announces Staff Changes

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

Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Mignon Clyburn appointed Louis Peraertz as Senior Legal Advisor covering wireless, international and public safety issues, and the departure of Daudeline Meme, who has served as the Commissioner’s wireless, international and public safety Legal Advisor since March 2016.

FCC Pressured to Release New Evidence on Net Neutrality’s Importance through Process Open to Public Input by NHMC and 20 Additional Groups

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

The National Hispanic Media Coalition filed a joint Motion, with 20 additional organizations, in the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding asking the FCC to enter into the record all open internet complaints, ombudsperson correspondence, and carrier responses since the 2015 Open Internet Order, and set a comment period to allow for public input on the new evidence.

The Top-Five Threats to Your Rights to Connect and Communicate in the Trump Era

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

The Trump administration, the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and greedy companies are attacking people’s rights to connect and communicate so relentlessly that staying on top of everything that’s happening can feel like an impossible task. That’s why we’ve put together this handy list of five of the biggest threats people are facing.

Chairman Pai Names Carowitz Special Counsel

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has named Michael Carowitz as Special Counsel. Carowitz joins the Office of the Chairman following Nick Degani’s departure to serve as Acting General Counsel.

News Services Increase Coverage on Underreported Areas and Issues

Location:
KS, United States

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is awarding $3.3 million to five regional journalism collaborations to promote local news coverage and newsgathering efficiency. The grants will help a total of 23 public media stations coordinate news services as well as produce more community-based, multiplatform coverage of local and regional issues.

Chairman Pai and Commissioner Clyburn To Visit Florida, Inspect Damage Caused By Hurricane Irma

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

The Federal Communications Commission announced that Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will be in Florida on September 18.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Thune Announces Key Committee Staff Changes

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) announced two promotions and one new addition to the committee staff.

Chairman Pai Names Dana Shaffer As Deputy Bureau Chief Of Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has named Dana Shaffer as deputy bureau chief and chief of staff of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

Chairman Pai Names Degani Acting General Counsel

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has named Nicholas Degani as the agency’s Acting General Counsel. Degani will serve in the role on an interim basis following Jennifer Tatel’s departure from the agency.

Three Companies Agree to Settle FTC Charges They Falsely Claimed Participation in EU-US Privacy Shield Framework

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

Three US companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misled consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework, which allows companies to transfer consumer data from EU member states to the United States in compliance with EU law.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For The September 2017 Open Commission Meeting

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the September Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

FCC Chairman Visits Texas And Gets Firsthand Views Of Hurricane Harvey Damage

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai visited Houston and Austin (TX) this week to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and meet with local, state, and federal officials engaged in recovery efforts.

FTC Acting Chairman Ohlhausen Announces Selection of Ian R. Conner as an Acting Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition

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

Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen announced that she has selected Ian R. Conner, a partner in the Antitrust & Competition group at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, to be an Acting Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, effective Sept. 18, 2017.

Lenovo Settles FTC Charges it Harmed Consumers With Preinstalled Software on its Laptops that Compromised Online Security

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

Lenovo Inc., one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers, has agreed to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission and 32 State Attorneys General that the company harmed consumers by pre-loading software on some laptops that compromised security protections in order to deliver ads to consumers.

John Horrigan joins TPI as Senior Fellow

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

The Technology Policy Institute is pleased to announce John Horrigan has joined the Technology Policy Institute as a Senior Fellow.

4 Million Low-Income Americans Have Crossed the Digital Divide through Internet Essentials

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

Comcast Corporation announced that its acclaimed Internet Essentials program, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program, has now connected more than four million low-income Americans, in one million households, to high-speed Internet service at home.

MacArthur Awards $5.7 Million to Support Nonfiction Media Makers From Diverse Backgrounds

Location:
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 140 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, 60603-5285, United States

MacArthur announced $5.7 million in grants to seven organizations to support professional nonfiction media makers from diverse backgrounds.

Chairman Pai Announces Tatel To Serve As Acting General Counsel

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that Jennifer Tatel will serve as the agency’s Acting General Counsel. Since 2011, Tatel has worked in the Office of General Counsel, most recently as chief of staff and deputy general counsel.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr Announces Staff

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

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr announced the appointment of four individuals that will serve in his office in acting capacities:

Telemarketer Fees to Access the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry to Rise Slightly in FY 2018

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

The Federal Trade Commission has announced FY 2018 fees for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. The annual fees will increase slightly from FY 2017, and are set forth in a Federal Register notice.

MOBILE NOW Act

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

The Senate approval by unanimous consent of the MOBILE NOW Act (S. 19), a bill they introduced to boost the development of next-generation gigabit wireless broadband services, including 5G, by ensuring more spectrum is made available for commercial use and by reducing the red tape associated with building broadband networks.

House Commerce Democrats Submit Comments on Net Neutrality Plan: Proposal Fundamentally & Profoundly Runs Counter to the Law

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

Eleven House Commerce Committee Democratic Reps submitted public comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to roll back network neutrality regulations stating that the proposal fundamentally and profoundly run counter to the law.

Reps Pallone, Doyle Provide GOP Eight Witnesses For September Net Neutrality Hearing to Ensure Diverse Perspectives

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, United States

House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA) wrote to Republican Committee leaders with a list of eight additional witnesses that they say should be added for the full committee hearing on the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality hearing.

Chairman Pai Announces Balaguer To Serve As Deputy Director Of The Office Of Legislative Affairs

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the agency has chosen Jim Balaguer to serve as deputy director of the Office of Legislative Affairs.

Senate Confirms Two FCC Nominees

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

On August 3, the Senate confirmed 63 presidential nominees by unanimous consent. Nine fall under the jurisdictional responsibility of the Senate Commerce Committee including Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr to be members of the Federal Communications Commission. Carr’s term expires on June 30, 2018.

Senate Passes Six Technology and Telecommunications Bills

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

On August 3, the passed the following technology and telecommunications bills ...