What's on the agenda for policymakers.

Lawmakers Request Special Counsel Investigate FCC Commissioners' CPAC Appearance

House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr.

TV Royalty: How Patents Could Help Sinclair Rule the Broadcasting Market

The broadcasting market is on the brink of a major shakeup, and Sinclair is already positioned as a primary beneficiary.

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Federal Communications Bar Association

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:15 to 13:30

Meet the Media Bureau Senior Staff : Michelle Carey and her staff will discuss the Media Bureau’s priorities and issues they face in the coming year.

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New America’s Future Tense, Education Policy Program and Open Technology Institute, in collaboration with the First Amendment Coalition

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 15:30 to 17:00

There’s no doubt that misinformation, disinformation, and “fake news” played a role in the 2016 election and continue to roil our politics, as well as the ever-shifting media landscape. It’s also clear that an informed citizenry is at the foundation of American democracy. But with the dawn of social media and the ubiquity of digital publishing, being an informed citizen isn’t easy—it requires sorting through streams of poorly sourced commentary and purposefully deceptive news pieces created to sow distrust and undermine our connections with our fellow citizens. Where do we go from here?

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New America

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 12:45 to 14:00

With superficial sound bites, scripted promos, talking heads, and the 24-hour news cycle, it’s hard not to be skeptical or indifferent of the present-day media. In this ephemeral landscape, how do documentary films that focus on recent history differ from cable and the mainstream press? What form will have a longer and more significant impact?

Can Facebook and Google’s new federal watchdogs regulate tech?

Facebook and Google must answer to new cops on the beat – a group of five fresh Washington regulators at the Federal Trade Commission who have the power to punish Silicon Valley if it misbehaves. But veterans of the 103-year old watchdog say that

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National Telecommunications and Information Administration 

Department of Commerce

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:00

Digital technologies impact all sectors of the economy including agriculture, small town main streets, and regional economic development. Yet 31% of rural Americans still lack access to fixed terrestrial broadband speeds of 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up. Increased interest in broadband is creating new opportunities leading service providers and civic leaders to find new models to expand rural broadband. We will explore three successful case studies and highlight best practices for successful rural broadband deployments.


Sinclair preps to challenge Fox News

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which for months has denied any interest in challenging Fox News while awaiting approval of a merger with Tribune Co., is gearing up to do just that.

What the life and death of Cambridge Analytica tells us about politics — and ourselves

Politics and data are now inextricably linked. Cambridge Analytica was part of a world increasingly fueled by vast troves of personal data that billions of Internet users emit every day.

Is Facebook going to use satellites to corner markets in the developing world?

There's some evidence that Facebook formed a subsidiary satellite company called “PointView” on the down low (the companies seem to share a number of assets, including staff and land).