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DC Appeals Court to Stream Oral Arguments

In a victory for court access advocates, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit will start live -streaming oral arguments beginning with the 2018-2019 term.

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Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity & Technology Program

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:30 to 10:00

The event will focus on how organizations and the government better understand cyber risks and create an institutional culture focused on security.

The breakfast will feature a discussion, moderated by Aspen Cyber Chair John Carlin, featuring Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), the chair of the House Subcommittee on Information Technology and co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s cyber strategy group, as well as FBI Associate Deputy Director Paul Abbate and McAfee Chief Technology Officer Steve Grobman. 


FCC will take public comments on Sinclair-Tribune merger until at least July 12

The Federal Communications Commission will be restarting the informal 180-day shot clock on its review of the proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger after it reviews the latest and information from the most recent filing.

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Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection

House Commerce Committee

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:15

The House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.

Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.

The hearing webcast will be available at

The legislative text may be found at the following link:

End of Repack? Would You Believe 2025?

The 957 stations moving to new channels in the Federal Communications Commission repack of the TV band might get up and running on those channels in two years as the agency has mandated, but many may have to settle for temporary side-mount antenna

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Schools Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 11:00 to 12:00

The Federal Communications Commission modernized its E-rate policies in 2014 to encourage greater build-out of fiber to rural schools and libraries. But the implementation of these policies has been fraught with difficulty, and many E-rate fiber applications requesting Special Construction Charges have been denied. Moderator Brian Davidson, President of Clarity Solutions, Inc., will guide our panel as they walk through the current and future E-rate fiber landscape.

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Georgetown Center’s Project on the Evolution of Regulation and Innovation

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:00 to 11:30

A global race to deploy 5G networks is on, with investors, regulators, and equipment manufacturers now fully engaged. But even as the nature of 5G technology is coming into sharper focus, consumers and some policymakers are still unclear on what it is and what it will do for them. Is 5G merely a faster network? Or will its unique architecture make possible revolutionary new applications and services, pushing the mobile revolution into even higher gear? How can U.S. spectrum policy stay ahead of the country’s rapidly escalating demand for 5G capabilities?

Net Neutrality CRA Teed up in House

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) has filed a discharge petition, which would force a vote on the House resolution to restore net neutrality rules.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for June 2018 Open Meeting

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the June Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 2018:

Watchdog to conduct ethics training for FCC after CPAC controversy

The Office of Special Counsel has ruled that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai did not violate ethics laws by participating in a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February, but said that i