The Phony Patriots of Silicon Valley

Not long ago, many leading technologists considered themselves too lofty and idealistic to concern themselves with the petty affairs of government. But that was before privacy scandals, antitrust investigations, congressional hearings, Chinese tar

Here’s What Foreign Interference Will Look Like in the 2020 Election

The incentives for foreign countries to meddle are much greater than in 2016, and the tactics could look dramatically different.

The Netflix Lobbying Machine: Inside the Effort to Sway Policy Worldwide

Netflix has been evolving its public policy strategies in recent months to align itself more with Hollywood and less with Silicon Valley, a shift driven by the streamer's maturation into a full-fledged film and TV studio, by its international expa

A Dig Once Law Could Have Save the US $126 Billion in Broadband Deployment Costs

Telecom experts have long pushed for a “dig once” law that would mandate the installation of fiber conduit during roadway construction and upgrades. A new study by BroadbandNow states that passing “dig once” legislation could have saved the US $12

Facebook, Amazon set lobbying records

Facebook and Amazon both set quarterly records for federal lobbying over the last three months, leading a pack of large tech companies that are increasingly under siege in Washington.


Blandin Foundation

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 09:00 to Thu, 10/10/2019 - 17:00

Broadband access today is as varied as communities across Minnesota. Some enjoy a gig, others are working hard for any service, and the rest are somewhere in between. This conference is for all communities, regardless of where they are on the spectrum – because we’ve learned that having broadband isn’t enough. It takes inspiration, encouragement and guidance to reap the full benefits. We’ll be talking about how to make the most of what you’ve got and/or get more.

This year’s conference will shine a light on local broadband heroes as well as look at several aspects of broadband:

Senator Warren, Rep Jayapal Investigate Reports that FCC Advisory Council is Dominated by Industry Insiders

Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, requesting more information about reports that the FCC's Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Co

Like Politics, All Broadband Policy Is Local

Even though community broadband has proven itself incredibly valuable and viable, broadband is taking a beating in some areas of the country thanks to what has become a siege against municipal broadband by the large telecommunication incumbents, i

Google Axes Lobbyists Amid Growing Government Scrutiny

Google has fired about a half-dozen of its largest lobbying firms as part of a major overhaul of its global government affairs and policy operations amid the prospect of greater government scrutiny of its businesses.

Industry Influence on an FCC Advisory Panel

After high-tech phone network outages hit major US cities in 1991, the Federal Communications Commission chartered an advisory group to help the agency troubleshoot emerging technology issues.