Agenda

What's on the agenda for policymakers.

As schools experiment to close the homework gap, will new E-rate funding help?

The COVID crisis has highlighted both the severity of the so-called "homework gap" and the shortcomings of early remedies like mobile hotspots and even low-cost home broadband plans. Now, more than a year into the pandemic, schools and cities across the country are increasingly testing novel ways to get students connected, not just for the duration of the pandemic, but for the long term.

Sponsor: 

Universal Service Administrative Company

Date: 
Mon, 04/26/2021 - 08:00 to Tue, 04/27/2021 - 14:30
April 26, 2021 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Audit Committee
  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Schools & Libraries Committee
  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Rural Health Care Committee
  2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. High Cost & Low Income Committee
April 27, 2021 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Board of Directors


Verizon punches back in debate over TracFone ownership

Opponents to Verizon’s planned acquisition of prepaid TracFone often cite the negative impacts they believe it will have on Lifeline subscribers and the prepaid market overall. But Verizon is pitching the transaction as a means of improving TracFone’s ability to provide Lifeline-supported services and better serve the prepaid sector. Verizon said that TracFone, as part of Verizon, will become a stronger competitor against the flanker prepaid brands of AT&T (Cricket ) and T-Mobile (Metro).

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Dark Patterns Topics ahead of Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comment on topics related to the use of digital “dark patterns,” a range of potentially deceptive or unfair user interface designs used on websites and mobile apps, that will be discussed at the agency’s April 29, 2021 workshop. The FTC is seeking comment on several topics that will be discussed at the workshop, Bringing Dark Patterns to Light: An FTC Workshop, including:

Sponsor: 

Federal Trade Commission

Date: 
Thu, 04/29/2021 - 10:30

The Federal trade Commission will explore the ways in which user interfaces can have the effect, intentionally or unintentionally, of obscuring, subverting, or impairing consumer autonomy, decision-making, or choice. For example, some sites sneak extra items into a consumer’s online shopping cart, or require users to navigate a maze of screens and confusing questions to avoid being charged for unwanted products or services.



Sponsor: 

BroadbandUSA

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Department of Commerce

Date: 
Tue, 04/06/2021 - 14:30

Join NTIA staff to hear more about NTIA's Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program



Sponsor: 

BroadbandUSA

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Department of Commerce

Date: 
Thu, 05/06/2021 - 14:30

Join NTIA staff to hear more about NTIA's Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program



Sponsor: 

BroadbandUSA

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Department of Commerce

Date: 
Wed, 05/05/2021 - 14:30

Join NTIA staff to hear more about NTIA's Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program



Sponsor: 

BroadbandUSA

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Department of Commerce

Date: 
Thu, 04/29/2021 - 14:30

Join NTIA staff to hear more about NTIA's Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grants Program.

 



Sponsor: 

BroadbandUSA

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Department of Commerce

Date: 
Wed, 04/28/2021 - 14:30

Join NTIA staff to hear more about NTIA's Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grants Program.