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Chairman Pai's Response to Reps. Pallone, Doyle and DeGette Regarding Sinclair Broadcast Group

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

On August 14, 2017, House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Oversight Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai regarding reports that suggest favorable treatment of Sinclair Broadcast Group since Pai became Chairman.

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.

Privacy Must Keep Pace with Evolving Technology

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

While some state legislative proposals target internet service providers (ISPs), we are also seeing a steady stream of state bills that seek to regulate broader aspects of internet privacy and cover all online companies. This fragmented approach will only serve to confuse consumers, impede innovation and distort competition.

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

A T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Destroy Wireless Competition, Kill Jobs and Harm Low-Income Families

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

No one but Donald Trump’s pals on Wall Street wants to see this competition-killing, investment-killing and job-killing merger. There is no rational justification for T-Mobile to take over Sprint and remove yet another consumer choice from the marketplace.

Public Knowledge Calls for Court to Protect Rights to Access the Law

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

Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in the case ASTM v. Public Resource. The case concerns Public Resource’s copying of model building codes and educational testing codes, which had been enacted into federal law and regulations.

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.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Statement on Future of the Lifeline Program

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

Once again we will read headlines trumpeting faults in the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program that do not match the realities of the day.

GAO Report: FCC Updated Its Enforcement Program, but Improved Transparency Is Needed

Location:
Government Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

The Government Accountability Office was asked to review Federal Communications Commission’s management of its enforcement program.

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 Statement On The Death Of Former Senator Pete Domenici

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement on the death of former US Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico.

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.

For Amazon, Fiber is Prime

Location:
Fiber Broadband Association, 6841 Elm Street, McLean, VA, 22101, United States

Is your city fiber-friendly? Having fiber could make or break your city’s economic future with key development projects — just ask Amazon.

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.

Statement of Commissioner Rosenworcel on Senate Passage of SANDY Act

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

In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, I was pleased to see the United States Senate’s unanimous passage of the SANDY Act of 2017 last night.

Free Press to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: Title II Network Neutrality Is Working

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

Here’s what Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai refuses to admit: by every conceivable measure Title II network neutrality is working.

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.

Modernization Month at the FCC

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

Since becoming Chairman, I have consistently emphasized the need for the Commission’s regulations to match realities of the current marketplace. Our rules must reflect today’s technological and economic conditions, not those of yesterday. And at this month’s open meeting, we will advance this objective by focusing on whether to update or scrap outdated rules. That’s why we’re dubbing September Modernization Month at the FCC.

Three Papers Using NTIA Data to be Presented at Research Conference

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

Sept 8, three research papers using National Telecommunications & Information Administration's Digital Nation survey data will be presented at the 45th Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC) an annual conference attended by researchers, policymakers, and advocates from the public, academic, and private sectors.

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.

More digital redlining? AT&T home broadband deployment and poverty in Detroit and Toledo

Location:
Detroit, MI, United States

Mapping analyses of AT&T’s 2016 broadband deployment data reported to the Federal Communications Commission for Wayne County, MI, (Detroit) and Lucas County, OH, (Toledo) show the same pattern of “digital redlining” of low income neighborhoods as National Digital Inclusion Alliance research has previously revealed in the Cleveland and Dayton areas.

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

Free Press' Jessica J. Gonzalez's Senate Testimony on Behalf of Lifeline Users and Affordable Access for All

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

Modernizing Lifeline for broadband is critical for poor people and people of color, who are more likely to be on the wrong side of the digital divide and who cite cost as a major barrier to adoption.