Gigi Sohn

Very Gradual Change We Can Believe In: FCC’s Gigi Sohn at The National Digital Inclusion Summit

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

The Lifeline order is a big deal in its own right, but it’s part of a much greater accomplishment that I don’t think people rightly appreciate – largely because it happened so gradually over of span of seven years. I’m talking about universal service reform writ large.

Remarks of Gigi Sohn on Lifeline and Broadband Adoption

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proposal to modernize the Lifeline program and refocus it on making broadband service affordable for low income consumers. Here’s some concerns we’re hearing ...

FCC’s Gigi Sohn Remarks on Lifeline Modernization at the Digital Pathway Summit

Location:
Amelia Island, FL, United States
Recommendation:
2

In remarks at the Digital Pathway Summit, the Federal Communications Commission’s Gigi Sohn focused her remarks on broadband adoption and, in particular, the commission’s efforts to modernize the Lifeline program which ensures the affordability of communications services. Noting recent Pew Research Center findings, she noted that home broadband adoption seems to have plateaued. Although people – just about everyone – understand that broadband has gone from luxury to necessity. The major barrier to adoption these days is cost. To address that, the FCC is working to expand its Lifeline program to allow discounts for broadband service.

FCC’s Gigi Sohn at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association Regulatory Conference

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

To help solve this divide, international governments, non-governmental organizations, and major corporations have come together to sponsor initiatives like “Global Connect” -- a program that seeks to connect an additional 1.5 billion people to the Internet by 2020.

Remarks of FCC’s Gigi Sohn on the Digital Divide

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

When thinking about the digital divide in America, I find that a useful number to wrap your brain around the nature of the challenge is 50/50. Let me elaborate.

Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era: The Role of the FCC

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

The first goal of this talk is to demonstrate the breadth, importance and impact of the Federal Communications Commission's consumer protection activities.

Remarks of FCC's Gigi Sohn at NATOA Conference

Location:
2015 NATOA Conference, San Diego, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Without question, the landscape is changing for local governments, but in a good way. Most significantly, the future is not in cable, but in broadband. Even the cable operators acknowledge this.

Remarks of FCC’s Gigi Sohn at Fiber on Fire Conference

Location:
Anaheim, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

When I learned the theme of this conference, “Fiber on Fire,” I thought it was fitting that I would be here. That’s because when it comes to fiber deployment, the Federal Communications Commission is fired up to ensure that Americans have a fast and vibrant Internet ecosystem.

Remarks Of FCC’s Gigi Sohn At Westminster's Fiber Launch Party

Location:
Westminster, MD, United States
Recommendation:
2

What is happening today is a great example of local communities and their leaders taking control of their broadband future. Westminster (MD) has chosen to engage in a private-public partnership with Ting, which will be providing the city with what they call "crazy fast fiber Internet."

Remarks of FCC's Gigi Sohn at Third Annual New York State Broadband Summit

Location:
New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

I want to talk to you about why the leadership at the Federal Communications Commission -- America's broadband agency -- is watching the New NY Broadband Program closely and pulling for its success.

FCC's Sohn Remarks: "Halftime at the Wheeler FCC"

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

If I had to use a football metaphor to describe where we are at the Federal Communications Commission today, I would say that we'ere at halftime -- although without rest or refreshments.

Remarks of FCC’s Gigi Sohn at Moving Forward Toward A Gigabit State

Location:
CT, United States
Recommendation:
2

Today, I want to talk to you about why the leadership at the Federal Communications Commission -- America's broadband agency -- is watching the CTgig Project closely and pulling for its success.

Setting the Record Straight on Open Internet Comments

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

Some key takeaways from the Federal Communications Commission inquiry into Open Internet comments ...

FCC Releases Open Internet Reply Comments to the Public

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

In the interest of ensuring that the public has open access to the nearly 2.5 million reply comments that were filed in the Open Internet/network neutrality docket during the official reply comment period (July 19-September 15), the Federal Communications Commission is releasing those reply comments in one zipped XML file.

The Art of the Possible

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

For folks like me who have been toiling to open up closed networks to the public for decades, what makes the Internet so earth shattering is that it turns our old system of command and control communications networks on its head. For the first time, rather than begging for scraps of access from the largest media companies, it is possible to put the power of those networks into the hands of ordinary people, so that they can speak and be heard without permission.

FCC Makes Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public

Location:
fcc, United States
Recommendation:
3

As of August 4, over 1.1 million comments were filed in the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet docket. Every comment will be reviewed as part of the official record of this proceeding.

Answers to Common Questions about the E-Rate Modernization Proposal to Get Wi-Fi in ALL Schools and Libraries

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

Closing the Wi-Fi Gap by connecting all schools and libraries is a laudable goal, but how do the numbers add up over a five-year period? We are on track to free $2 billion in reserves that we are prepared to spend over the next two funding years.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Net Neutrality Oral Argument

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

While some have portrayed the likely outcome of the DC Circuit Court’s oral argument on Verizon’s challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet order as a victory for anti-network neutrality forces and a loss for its supporters, the reality is much more complicated. There are some pretty clear takeaways, some good, some bad and some just plain ugly.

Clarifying What I Would Do If I Were FCC Chair

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

During a Free State Foundation panel, I stated that one of my five priorities as Federal Communications Commission chair would be to “[e]nsure that the agency has authority to protect consumers and competition with regard to broadband Internet access, depending on the DC Circuit’s decision in the open Internet case.”

Should Congress Overturn the Network Neutrality Rules?

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

Arguing against the network neutrality rules is Thomas W. Hazlett, professor of law and economics at George Mason University in Fairfax County (VA), where he directs the Information Economy Project. Dr. Hazlett previously served as chief economist of the Federal Communications Commission. Taking a stance in favor of the network neutrality rules is Gigi Sohn, president and chief executive of Public Knowledge, an open-Internet advocacy group based in Washington (DC).

Public Knowledge and Patent Reform

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Earlier this week, Public Knowledge announced that we have hired Charles Duan to head up our new Patent Reform Project. Charles is a computer scientist and former patent litigator who is currently working with my colleagues at the University of Colorado Law School analyzing next-generation Internet technologies and their impact on privacy, intellectual property and communications law.

The Next FCC Chair: Decisive Protector of the Public Interest

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

Even though current Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has not announced that he is leaving, there is still much talk about who is being considered to be his successor. But this focus on names is premature. Before we talk about who will be the next FCC Chair, there needs to be a conversation on the qualities the ideal candidate should possess.

Sorting out the past 36 hours at the WCIT

Location:
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Recommendation:
2

Anyone following the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) over the last 36 hours knows this has become a moment of high drama around the International Telecommunications regulations (ITRs) and the role of the ITU for internet-related issues. Unfortunately, that is probably the only thing anyone can say for certain.

Public Knowledge Weighs The WCIT's Importance To Syria's Blackout Situation

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

The events in Syria highlight the importance of the upcoming WCIT and the implications of the WCIT for free expression online.

What the Election Means for the Internet

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

What do the results portend for the issues on which Public Knowledge and its public interest allies work? It’s always hard to tell.

What's Going on with the Copyright Alert System?

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

As I wrote in April, I joined the Advisory Board of the Center for Copyright Information to serve as consumers’ eyes and ears as an agreement between the major Internet service providers and copyright holders is implemented.

UMG-EMI Merger: Deja Vu All Over Again

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

I will be testifying against the merger of Universal Music Group and EMI Music.

Civil Society is Key to the Debate on International Control Over the Internet

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Civil society will be the critical player in a policy debate that has dominated recent tech news - whether the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be given the power by its Member States to regulate internet access and the internet itself.

Public Knowledge Criticizes FCC ‘Inexcusable’ Delay On Data Caps Investigation

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

It is simply inexcusable that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not even seen fit to ask wireless and landline carriers to explain why [broadband] caps are necessary, how they are set and how consumers are affected by them.

There's No Fixing SOPA And PIPA; Time To Start Over

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

Trying to “fix” SOPA and PIPA and all of the bad provisions in those bills is the wrong approach. Conceptually, it’s like trying to build a building starting on the second floor. The most logical way to proceed would be to start building a structure from the foundation and working up from there.