What's on the agenda for policymakers.


Heartland Forward

Mon, 04/19/2021 - 13:00

Closing the Affordability Gap from the Beltway to the Heartland


Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

House Commerce Committee

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 10:30

Cable's Broadband Dominance Faces Threats From A Host Of Issues

Dominance in broadband services has buoyed Comcast stock and other cable TV firms for years, but now a host of issues — including President Biden's latest plan to fund municipal-backed broadband services — are making investors fret. Another concern is fixed 5G broadband services to homes now ramping up due to efforts from Verizon and T-Mobile. A second worry is the expansion of fiber-to-the-home broadband services by AT&T and other phone companies.


Federal Communications Commission

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 12:00 to 18:45

Sponsored by the FCC Media Bureau, the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment/Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group and Internet Association

Virtual Symposium Sessions – 12 noon – 3:45 pm EDT
Virtual Opportunity Fair – 4:00 pm – 5:15; 5:30 - 6:45 pm EDT


Department of Agriculture

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 15:30

The US Department of Agriculture is hosting a listening session to solicit ideas on ways to help expand broadband access in tribal communities under the Reconnect Program.

USDA is inviting comments and recommendations from tribal communities and tribal broadband industry experts on a ReConnect Program final rule originally published on Feb. 26, 2021. The final rule will:

The FCC is deadlocked. When will President Biden finally fix that?

Since taking office, President Joe Biden has faced consistent pressure to nominate someone at the Federal Communications Commission to either fill out the five-person agency or become the permanent chair. But despite that push from advocacy groups and more than 100,000 people online, they have watched as President Biden has nominated people to other federal agencies like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), leaving the FCC without the ability to tackle issues tha


Senate Commerce Committee

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 10:00

The hearing will address the Federal Trade Commission’s endangered consumer redress authority; the FTC’s efforts to fight fraud during the pandemic, including its new first-time civil penalty authority for COVID-related scams; and the FTC’s tools and capabilities in the information age, including $30.4 million in funding for consumer protection matters that Congress provided in the American Rescue Plan Act.


Broadband access bill becomes New York law

The Comprehensive Broadband Connectivity Act, originally co-sponsored in the New York state Assembly by Mike Norris (R-Lockport), tasks the state Public Service Commission to study the availability, reliability and cost of broadband services. The Public Service Commission is tasked with: identifying barriers to the delivery of internet at a census block level, which is the smallest geographical census unit; problem solving for underserved areas with available technology; and identifying providers' noncompliance with franchise agreements where local governments have complained to the commiss

President Biden is determined to make broadband spending part of his infrastructure bill

President Joe Biden continued to push the notion that connecting Americans to broadband internet should be classified as infrastructure ahead of a meeting with members of Congress to negotiate the administration’s recent infrastructure and jobs plan. “I’m prepared to negotiate as to the extent of my infrastructure project as well as how we pay for it in a serious conversation about to do that,” President Biden said.

Heavyweights Launch Tech Commission

A group of leaders with direct lines to the Biden administration—including Common Sense Media’s Jim Steyer, former Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA), and former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings—is launching a commission that will assemble a “blueprint” for a comprehensive tech policy agenda under President Biden, with a focus on soliciting input from people inside as well as outside DC. There’s still a ton we don’t know about where the Biden administration will come down on issues at the heart of the tech industry, like privacy and Section 230 reform.