Agenda

What's on the agenda for policymakers.

AT&T will ask Supreme Court to cripple the FTC’s authority over broadband

In an attempt to win a government lawsuit over its throttling of unlimited data plans, AT&T will appeal a ruling to the Supreme Court. The Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T in October 2014 in US District Court in Northern California, alle

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Center for Media Justice, Color Of Change, Free Press, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and 18 Million Rising

Date: 
Tue, 05/08/2018 - 16:00

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on prison-phone justice, the Lifeline subsidy program, Net Neutrality protections and Puerto Rico’s hurricane-devastated communications infrastructure.



How the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation empowers digital civic engagement

[Commentary] The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents an important step forward for envisioning a civic life where citizens are empowered not only as data producers but also data owners.

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

Date: 
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

Date: 
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

Date: 
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

Date: 
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.

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