Agenda

What's on the agenda for policymakers.

Sponsor: 

Washington Post

Date: 
Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:00 to 11:15

The statistics are staggering. Since 2004, more than 1,800 city and small town newspapers in the U.S. have folded and the number of reporters covering local news has decreased by fifty-percent. “News deserts” -- areas where zero or little local coverage exists -- are cropping up all around the country. Simultaneously, public trust in media continues to erode--fueled by divisive political culture, the rise in opinion journalism and the pernicious effect of misinformation and fake news in the internet age.



Sponsor: 

Common Sense Media

Date: 
Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:00 to 17:00

Agenda

9:15 a.m.: Welcome 

9:30–10 a.m.: Opening Remarks

Hon. Ed Markey, U.S. senator of Massachusetts

10–10:45 a.m.: Staying Connected: Tech and Social Relationships

Dr. Vivek Murthy, 19th surgeon general of the United States

 in conversation with James P. Steyer, CEO and founder, Common Sense

10:45–11 a.m.: Break

11–11:15 a.m.: Enforcing COPPA: Are We Protecting Kids' Privacy?



Sponsor: 

Senate Commerce Committee

Date: 
Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:00

The hearing will examine the current state of the nation’s broadband maps, and evaluate the ongoing efforts within the federal government and private sector to collect more accurate broadband coverage data. The hearing also will examine ways to increase coordination among federal agencies that administer broadband deployment programs to ensure resources are targeted to unserved areas.

Witnesses:



Trump administration at war with itself over 5G airwaves

The Trump administration is feuding internally over the fate of airwaves critical to 5G networks, threatening to undermine the country's push to speed development of the super-fast wireless service and set the global standards around the technolog

Facebook's FTC worries go beyond a massive fine

Facebook may be facing a multi-billion dollar fine from the Federal Trade Commission over its privacy practices, but it’s the possibility of mandated changes to its data-driven business model that could be much more threatening to the company and

Sponsor: 

House Commerce Committee

Date: 
Wed, 04/03/2019 - 09:30

The Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a full-Committee markup on H.R. 1644, the "Save the Internet Act," legislation to restore critical net neutrality protections.



Sponsor: 

Senate Commerce Committee

Date: 
Wed, 04/03/2019 - 09:30

An executive session to consider the following telecommunications legislative measures:



The Mounting Federal Investigations Into Facebook

Facebook now faces investigations into its business practices from a variety of federal agencies. Officials have opened inquiries into possible civil and criminal violations of laws related to privacy, corporate governance and discrimination.

C Spire Challenges T-Mobile Rural Plans Post-Sprint Acquisition

C Spire and T-Mobile have been duking it out in dueling letters to the Federal Communications Commission concerning T-Mobile rural plans which, according to T-Mobile, are contingent on its planned merger with Sprint being approved by regulators. T

Sponsor: 

Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee

House Committee on Appropriations

Date: 
Wed, 04/03/2019 - 13:30

Witnesses

Ajit Pai 
Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Jessica Rosenworcel 
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission