What's on the agenda for policymakers.


Data Coalition and the White House Office of Management and Budget 

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 09:00 to 17:00

A joint public forum on the Federal Data Strategy’s draft 2019-2020 Action Plan. The forum will provide an opportunity for the business, academic, and non-profit communities to offer feedback on the 16 draft action items in the Federal Data Strategy. Implementation of the strategy will be undertaken over the next year.


New America

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:00 to 16:30

What Online Business Models Should be Off-Limits?

“Free” services have dominated the internet for nearly two decades. “Free,” however, has come to mean that users trade certain data about themselves, often unknowingly, in exchange for using and receiving the benefits of the service. This exchange has led to staggering amounts of user data being collected by companies that can then violate their users’ privacy by using that data for any number of purposes, possibly with inadequate transparency and accountability. 


Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

Federal Communications Commission

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 13:00 to 13:45

The webinar will include an overview of the EAS and instructions on how to register and file in the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS).


Information Technology and Information Foundation

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 10:00 to 11:30

There are growing calls from the administration, Congress, and some presidential candidates to either break up big tech companies or subject them to more careful scrutiny out of concern they may be violating competition laws. Some of this is egged on by advocates who would like to jettison the long-standing consumer welfare standard for antitrust policy, which holds that regulators should stay out of the way unless there is clear evidence a player’s actions are raising prices or curbing innovation.


National Institute of Standards and Technology

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 07:30 to Tue, 07/09/2019 - 16:30

NIST will be hosting the third in a series of public workshops on the development of the Privacy Framework: An Enterprise Risk Management Tool

President Trump signals US government ‘should be suing Google and Facebook’

President Donald Trump said the US government “should be suing Google and Facebook and all that,” then wagered that “perhaps we will,” in a new broadside against Silicon Valley at a moment when it already faces heightened antitrus

ReConnect Program Receives 53 Applications Worth $635M for Rural Broadband Loan/Grant Funding

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development received 53 applications requesting more than $635 million in loan-grant combination funding in the first round of the USDA ReConnect Pilot Program.

Texas Telecom Law Sets Up Legal Showdown for Cities, State

Cities across Texas stand to lose millions of dollars due to a new law that slashes fees telecom providers pay to them. But before the savings go into effect in 2020, it’s likely cities will challenge the legislation in the courts.

Right to Connect: A Media-Policy Roadmap for Presidential Candidates

A platform of recommended media-and-tech policies for all presidential candidates. Over the summer of 2019, Free Press Action will send the platform to each of the presidential candidates.


Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure

House Committee on Small Business

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 10:00

Access to reliable high speed broadband is a critical issue for small businesses, especially in rural communities that are still unserved.  However, more accurate broadband maps are needed to direct federal funds to small rural carriers who seek to serve the most remote parts of America.  Improved granularity and an opportunity for communities to challenge the accuracy of broadband maps are needed to build broadband networks out to the 19 million Americans on the dark side of the digital divide.