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Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

After years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.

Democrats are trying to limit foreign influence on US elections — beginning with Google and Facebook ads

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

A group of House and Senate Democrats are calling on the US government to issue new “guidance” to stop foreign advertisers from spending money on Facebook, Google and other web platforms in a bid to influence American elections.

The net neutrality hearing that wasn't

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

House Republicans emerged from a month of network neutrality negotiations with no new draft bill text, said Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR).

A Quick Moment for FCC Chairman Pai?

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

Senate Republicans are trying to lock down a time for a roll call vote for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s reconfirmation.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Thune Not Rushing Into FCC Reauthorization

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

One priority for Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) is reauthorizing the Federal Communications Commission, which hasn’t happened since 1990.

How to Free Up Government Held Spectrum in the Face of Increasing Budgetary Pressure

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

Spectrum-for-cash proposal

The Comment Period Is Over, But the Battle for Net Neutrality Ain't Done Yet

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

Facing strong public opposition to his net neutrality rollback, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai may punt the issue to Congress, which is actually what the nation's largest ISPs want. The broadband industry's real goal, according to many tech policy experts, is to move this battle to the Republican-led US Congress, where deep-pocketed ISPs can lobby to craft internet policy rules that favor themselves. If the ISPs are successful, look for a spirited net neutrality debate this fall featuring Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). This fight is far from over.

Redefining ‘Broadband’ Could Slow Rollout to Rural Areas

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

How fast is a broadband internet connection? That question is at the heart of a controversy at the Federal Communications Commission.

These four key areas of Trump’s tech policy are top of mind for Silicon Valley CEOs

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

Expanding tech talent, intellectual property protection, artificial intelligence and automation, and network neutrality.

Dispute Over Public Officials and Social Media

Location:
USA, United States

An emerging debate about whether elected officials violate people's free speech rights by blocking them on social media is spreading across the US as groups sue or warn politicians to stop the practice.

Network Neutrality Fake Out

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

As the number of online comments in the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality proceeding soars to record highs, groups on both sides of the debate are calling on Congress to investigate mounting allegations of fake public input.

Who’s Afraid of Sinclair Broadcasting?

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

In a perplexing dance toward consensus, left and right have united to pour vinegar on Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s effort to add Tribune Media’s 42 television stations to the 173 it already owns.

Key Stakeholders Support AIRWAVES Bill — for Different Reasons

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Often sparring partners, the wireless industry and public interest advocates both came out in support of the AIRWAVES Act — but with very different hopes for where the legislation would lead.

Google’s new program to track shoppers sparks a federal privacy complaint

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

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a prominent privacy rights watchdog, is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a new Google advertising program that ties consumers’ online behavior to their purchases in brick-and-mortar stores.

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Independence, Net Neutrality, and E-rate are Thorny Issues at FCC Confirmation Hearing

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

On July 19, 2017, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing to examine the nominations of Ajit Pai, Jessica Rosenworcel, and Brendan Carr for seats on the Federal Communications Commission. On March 7, President Donald Trump nominated Pai, the FCC’s current chairman, for a second five-year term ending June 30, 2021. Rosenworcel is nominated for a term that would end June 30, 2020. Carr, the current general counsel at the FCC, has actually been nominated for two terms, one expiring June 30, 2018 and the second ending June 30, 2023. Carr served as legal adviser to then-FCC Commissioner Pai for three years before Pai was named chairman and appointed Carr as general counsel.

Cracks in Democrat wall on net neutrality?

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

Key tech industry leaders are expressing openness to having Congress step in to legislate net neutrality — putting pressure on Democrats who've been adamantly opposed to such a move.

How to Smoke Out Where Broadband Companies Stand on Net Neutrality

Location:
USA, United States

A curious thing happened on a day that many internet companies and public policy groups had christened a “Day of Action” aimed at protesting the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to overturn so-called net neutrality rules. The curiosity was that several broadband companies — the very same companies that pushed to rewrite the rules that undergird net neutrality — put out statements suggesting that they, too, supported the aims of the protesters.

Could consumer internet privacy legislation show potent populist appeal?

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

Could a consumer revolt against cable television rates before the 1992 election replay with digital data in the upcoming election cycle?

AT&T’s Blockbuster Deal for Time Warner Hangs in Limbo

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

The small army of career antitrust officials is marching toward a great unknown. For one thing, the Justice Department officials still don’t have a boss who will have the final say on whether to approve or block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner.

An audacious 5G power (pole) grab

Location:
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Telecommunications companies are preparing to roll out the next generation of wireless networks, dubbed “5G,” which promise an enormous increase in capacity and connectivity. These networks not only will increase competition in broadband, they are a key enabling technology for a host of advanced products and services. They also represent a gateway to better economic opportunities in inner-city areas that are underserved by broadband today.

FCC Explores Spurring High-Speed Internet in Multiple Tenant Buildings

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

As part of its ongoing efforts to accelerate access to high-speed Internet service, the Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on ways to increase deployment, competition and innovation in the market for broadband in apartments, shopping malls and other “multiple tenant environments,” or MTEs. While FCC rules currently bar telecommunications and video services providers from entering into exclusive agreements that can stifle competition in MTEs, the FCC has adopted a Notice of Inquiry seeking information about what additional barriers to deployment may exist. The FCC is requesting input on whether and how it should act to remove any barriers that raise the cost and slow deployment in MTEs of next-generation networks, which are critical to jobs, health care, education, innovation, and information.

Regulatory ‘Reform’ That Is Anything But

Location:
Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, United States

After decades of failed efforts to enact “regulatory reform” bills, Congress appears to be within a few votes of approving reform legislation that would strip Americans of important legal protections, induce regulatory sclerosis and subject agencies that enforce the nation’s laws and regulations to potentially endless litigation. This is not reform.

Request for Comments on Promoting Stakeholder Action Against Botnets and Other Automated Threats

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

NTIA, on behalf of the Department of Commerce, is requesting comment on actions that can be taken to address automated and distributed threats to the digital ecosystem as part of the activity directed by the President in Executive Order 13800, "Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure."

The nation’s top tech companies are asking Congress to reform a key NSA surveillance program

Location:
House Judiciary Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street Rayburn House Office Building -- 2141, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and a host of tech companies asked Congress to reform a government surveillance program that allows the National Security Agency to collect emails and other digital communications of foreigners outside the United States.

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?

FCC’s Internet-Rules Revamp Likely to Bring Big Changes Online

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

The Federal Communications Commission is set to move forward with a plan that would blow up the rules that have governed the internet in recent years and essentially start anew, opening the door to fundamental shifts in consumers’ online experiences.

Lawmakers rally net neutrality supporters ahead of key FCC vote

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

Democratic lawmakers rallied net neutrality supporters ahead of the Federal Communications Commission’s initial vote to start rolling back the Obama-era regulations.

House Commerce Committee Democrats Seek Hearing on FCC Web Issues

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

A quartet of House Commerce Committee Democrats led by ranking member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) have called on the Republican majority to hold a hearing on Federal Communications Commission web site "failures."

Sinclair deal puts heat on FCC

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

The proposed acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting Group of Tribune Media Company is inflaming criticism of the Federal Communications Commission, which helped pave the way for the deal by relaxing media ownership restrictions.

House Commerce Democrats Unveil Comprehensive Infrastructure Package

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

Democrats on the House Commerce Committee introduced a broad 21st Century infrastructure package that includes key areas within the Committee’s jurisdiction, including broadband, drinking water, healthcare, the electric grid, brownfields and renewable energy infrastructure. The Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America Act, or LIFT America Act (H.R. 2479), sets out five years of funding for essential infrastructure improvements, job growth, and greater protections for public health and the environment. The LIFT America Act includes investments in several key areas including $40 billion for the deployment of secure and resilient broadband to expand access for communities nationwide while promoting security by design.

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