Policymakers

Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

FCC Seeks Nominations for Intergovernmental Advisory Committee

The Federal Communications Commission announces the reauthorization of the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC) and solicits nominations for membership on the IAC. The current term of the IAC expired on Sept 24, 2019.

Knight Foundation Invests $3.5 Million in Research to Inform the National Debate on Internet Governance and Policy

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced more than $3.5 million in funding to support new, independent research into issues at the forefront of national tech policy debates.

Rep. Greg Walden, top Republican on powerful House Commerce Committee, says he will retire

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the top Republican on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee will not seek reelection in 2020 — another sign that GOP lawmakers are pessimistic about retaking the House majority in 2020.

FCC Announces Membership and Working Group Chairs for the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

This Public Notice announces that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed members to serve on the 2019 Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE). Additionally, Chairman Pai has appointed chairs for t

Cyber memo warns of new risks to White House network

An internal memo on cybersecurity warns that "the White House is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again." That's after at least a dozen top- or high-level officials have resigned or been pushed out of a cybersecurity mission

Rep. Elijah Cummings, longtime Baltimore advocate was key figure in Trump impeachment inquiry

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) of Baltimore, a committee chairman known for his devotion to Baltimore and civil rights and for blunt and passionate speechmaking, died of longstanding health problems on Oct 17, his office said. He was 68 years old.

Commissioner Carr Announces Ben Arden as Acting Media Advisor

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr announced that Ben Arden will join his office on detail as Acting Legal Advisor for media issues. Arden is currently the Associate Chief of the Media Bureau’s Video Division, having recently returned to the FCC follow

The Presidential Candidates Need a Plan for Big Tech That Isn’t “Break Up Big Tech”

What is the agenda that provides hope and opportunity for Americans in a new digital-based economy? So far, much of the campaign focus on the new economy has been reduced to a misleadingly simple “break ‘em up!” solution for Big Tech.

FCC Setting Up Precision Agriculture Task Force

The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) intends to establish a Federal Advisory Committee, known as the ‘‘Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States." The FCC intends to

Chairman Pai Appoints Evan Swarztrauber As Policy Advisor

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that Evan Swarztrauber has joined his office as a Policy Advisor. Swarztrauber starts Sept 30 in his new role and replaces Nathan Leamer, who recently left the FCC.