Children and Media

Exposure to educational television has been shown to have positive effects on the social, intellectual, and educational development of children. Is it possible to find truly educational content on broadcast television? Articles below deal with 1) television broadcasters' obligation to provide educational programming for children, 2) efforts to shield children from indecenct programming, 3) advertising aimed at children and 4) children and violence.

Report Reveals Surprising Data About Mobile Broadband Usage in Schools

A recent Mobile Beacon report analyzing mobile broadband usage by non-profit organizations, including schools, finds that schools utilizing Mobile Beacon’s 4G LTE internet service indicate that the ability to supplement and/or extend existing scho

Chairman Pai Blog: A Giant Leap For 5G

At the Federal Communications Commission’s July 10 meeting, we will aim to take some important steps forward on the spectrum side of our Facilitating America's Superiority in 5G Technology (5G FAST) plan.

Where 20 years of child online protection law went wrong

Two decades after Congress tried to wall off the worst of the Internet in hopes of protecting the privacy and innocence of children, the ramparts lie in ruins. Many popular online offerings maintain they are “not directed” at children.

Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2019

As the share of Americans who say they own a smartphone has increased dramatically over the past decade – from 35% in 2011 to 81% in 2019 – a new Pew Research Center survey finds that the way many people choose to go online is markedly different t

3 million US students don’t have home internet

In what has become known as the homework gap, an estimated 17 percent of US students do not have access to computers at home and 18 percent do not have home access to broadband internet (nearly 3 million students), according to an Associated Press


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9:00 a.m. Welcome

James P. Steyer, Common Sense


9:10-10:00 a.m. Where Do We Start?

Tristan Harris, Center for Humane Technology

Ellen Pao, Project Include


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Maria Alvarez, Common Sense

Kim-Mai Cutler, Initialized Capital

Michelle Hyman, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Shireen Santosham, City of San Jose

Rachael Myrow, KQED


Want Better Education in Rural America? Start with Broadband

Nationwide, rural communities have 37% more residents without access to high-speed internet connections when compared with their urban peers.

FCC Can't Say if TV Content Ratings Are Accurate

The Federal Communications Commission completed a three-month, Congressionally-mandated report by the FCC's Media Bureau looking into the television content rating system.

2019 Horizon Report -- Higher Education Edition

This report profiles six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in educational technology for higher education.

The real digital divide isn’t about access to the Internet

The “digital divide” commonly refers to the question of who has access to the Internet, but at least when it comes to race and income, that gap is pretty insignificant.