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Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

Republican lawmakers moved to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for individuals, the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration and a harbinger for more deregulation to come.

FCC Chairman Pai: Whether NY Times, CNN, NBC are 'fake news' is a ‘political debate’

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal Communications Commissioner Chairman Ajit Pai said that President Trump’s charge that media outlets including The New York Times, CNN and NBC are “fake news” is a “political debate,” that he would not “wade into.”

Net Neutrality Protesters Face FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

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

More than a dozen protesters from Free Press, Demand Progress, Open Media, Popular Resistance and the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press took a stand for Net Neutrality at the Federal Communications Commission.

Former FCC Chairman Wheeler has a ‘huge smile’ for 600 MHz incentive auction results

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler described the agency’s 600 MHz incentive auction as a successful event that should generate a “huge smile” for administrators.

Read President Trump's Interview With TIME on Truth and Falsehoods

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes. Because a wiretapping is, you know today it is different than wire tapping. It is just a good description. But wiretapping was in quotes. What I’m talking about is surveillance. And today, [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Devin Nunes just had a news conference ...

Chairman Nunes Puts Credibility of House Panel He Leads in Doubt

Location:
House Committee on Intelligence, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rep Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chairman of a House panel investigating Russian interference in the presidential election, may have dealt his own inquiry a fatal blow.

Shepard Smith, the Fox News anchorman who drives the Fox News faithful crazy

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Once again, Shepard Smith is doing cleanup on aisle Fox.

Obama civil rights head to run Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Location:
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 1629 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
2

Vanita Gupta, the Obama administration official who headed the Justice Department’s civil rights division, will become the first woman to run the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an umbrella organization founded 67 years ago that represents 200 national groups.

House Oversight grills law enforcement on facial recognition tech

Location:
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 45 Independence Avenue Southwest Room #5154, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Lawmakers grilled law enforcement officials in a tense hearing March 22 over their use of facial recognition programs. Democrats and Republicans raised concerns about the FBI’s use of facial recognition technology during a House Oversight Committee hearing, pressing a bureau official about the ability to access photos of hundreds of millions of citizens and the technology’s accuracy.

China Bets on Sensitive US Start-Ups, Worrying the Pentagon

Location:
Pentagon, Washington, DC, 20301-1400, United States
Recommendation:
3

Chinese firms have become significant investors in American start-ups working on cutting-edge technologies with potential military applications. The start-ups include companies that make rocket engines for spacecraft, sensors for autonomous navy ships, and printers that make flexible screens that could be used in fighter-plane cockpits. Many of the Chinese firms are owned by state-owned companies or have connections to Chinese leaders. The deals are ringing alarm bells in Washington.

House Intel Chairman: Trump Team Was Surveilled During Transition

Location:
House Committee on Intelligence, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said he’s received dozens of reports showing that communications from President Donald Trump’s transition team — and possibly Trump himself — were intercepted during the transition period between Election Day and Inauguration Day.

17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada go on strike

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

An estimated 17,000 AT&T technicians in California and Nevada went on strike March 22, highlighting workplace tensions within the massive Dallas-based telecommunications giant.

“Dig once” bill could bring fiber Internet to much of the US

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

Years in the making, a proposal to mandate the installation of fiber conduits during federally funded highway projects might be gaining some new momentum. If the US adopts a "dig once" policy, construction workers would install conduits just about any time they build new roads and sidewalks or upgrade existing ones.

Community Broadband Ban Bill Ties the Hands of MO Communities

Location:
Missouri State Capitol, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO, 65101, United States
Recommendation:
3

It’s 2017 and a lot of Missouri residents are still tortured by the lack of access to basic broadband service, and if a community broadband ban bill becomes state law it will remain that way for years to come.

Lawmakers call for renewed national broadband map as Trump funds NTIA

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

Reps from both sides of the aisle renewed calls to update the National Broadband Map, which was initially created by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission but has languished since 2014 due to lack of funding.

How Mignon Clyburn, the FCC’s Lone Democrat, Is Fighting to Save Net Neutrality

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

As President Trump's Republican Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai moves to roll back a variety of Obama-era initiatives, the agency's sole remaining Democrat, Mignon Clyburn, is mounting a vigorous defense of the FCC's pro-consumer policies.

Supporters Rallied Against Senate Broadband Privacy Regulation Rollback

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Warning that Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on rolling back Federal Communications Commission broadband privacy regulations as early as March 23, Public Knowledge is trying to get supporters of the regulations to ask their Congresional members to push back.

Eying an Opening, CenturyLink and Frontier Seek Regulatory Relief for Business Data Services

Location:
Frontier Communications, 3 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT, 06905, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink and Frontier apparently see the current Federal Communications Commission administration as potentially sympathetic to their concerns about business data services regulation.

What Happens When the President Is a Publisher, Too?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

What everyone actually knows, or should by now, is that while President Donald Trump claims to hate “the media,” he is himself an active publisher.

Groups deliver petitions to Congress supporting CPB funding

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Petitions with more than 660,000 signatures to save the Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding will be presented to Congress March 21 after a rally for parents and kids near the Capitol.

Opposition and a Shave: Former Obama Aides Counter President Trump

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The cultural-political revolution of the Nixon era was neither televised nor sponsored. The Trump era’s #Resistance is flipping all of that on its head.

Hot mic catches GOP congressman’s adviser planning spin about ‘un-American’ protesters

Location:
Novi, MI, United States
Recommendation:
2

“We’re going to take that part where they’re booing funding the military, and I’m gonna get somebody to write a story, and we’re going to promote the s— out of that,” Republican strategist Stu Sandler could be heard saying on a video recorded by local TV station WDIV and uploaded by the district’s local branch of the Indivisible project. “It’s un-American crap.”

Muni broadband customers could lose service unless a new bill becomes law

Location:
Pinetops, NC, United States
Recommendation:
2

In 2016, North Carolina won a court case against the Federal Communications Commission, a victory that allowed it to restore a state law that restricts the growth of municipal broadband networks. This created an immediate problem for new customers of one municipal-run broadband provider.

Appeals Court Rules TV Streamers Don't Get Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, Pasadena, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a seismic victory in favor of streaming company FilmOn, handing significant relief to broadcasters like CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC who were aghast by a federal judge's decision in July 2015 that streamers could be deemed to be a "cable system" eligible for a compulsory license under the Copyright Act.

Wi-Fi on wheels: Google helps students get online, on the go

Location:
Moncks Corner, SC, United States
Recommendation:
2

As more class assignments and homework migrate online, long bus rides have generally counted as lost time in preparing for the next school day. But Google said it hopes to help expand the use of Wi-Fi on school buses in rural areas around the country.

FBI Director Comey confirms probe of possible coordination between Kremlin and Trump campaign

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States
Recommendation:
3

FBI Director James B. Comey acknowledged that his agency is conducting an investigation into possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign in a counterintelligence probe that could reach all the way to the White House and may last for months.

FCC Chairman Pai Reiterates Support for the First Amendment

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

I welcome the opportunity to reiterate my strong support for the First Amendment rights of the media and all Americans. A free media is vital to our democracy. That is why during my time at the FCC I have consistently opposed any effort to infringe upon the freedom of the press and have fought to eliminate regulations that impede the gathering and dissemination of news. So long as I am privileged to serve as Chairman, I will continue to respect the First Amendment. As Chairman of the FCC, I take my oath to defend and protect the Constitution seriously. And the preservation of the First Amendment is the foundation of that commitment.

West Virginia Broadband Bill Aims to Spark Competition, Encouraging Community Broadband and Co-Ops

Location:
West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston, WV, 25317, United States
Recommendation:
3

A West Virginia Broadband Bill introduced in the state house of representatives aims to spur broadband competition and deployment by allowing local communities to form cooperatives to build broadband networks.

Report's author pleased to see Massachusetts Broadband Institute money freed up

Location:
Massachusetts Broadband Institute, 75 North Drive, Westborough, MA, 01581, United States
Recommendation:
3

In January, a tech consultant from the broadband dead zone donned his pamphleteer's cap. In nine fiercely argued pages, Stephen E. Harris went hard after a multi-million dollar question: Why was the Massachusetts Broadband Institute holding back money for design and engineering services — originally $18 million for all unserved towns, or 45 percent of MBI's bond funding — from towns that want to build their own networks?

Millennials Might Break America's Internet

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The US (and the world) is in the midst of a sea change in how we spend our leisure time. Young people are less inclined to indulge in America's favorite pastime: zoning out in front of the TV.