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A Preview of the FCC's July Open Meeting: Taking the "E" Out of EBS and TV

Perhaps the biggest news of the week was the agenda for the Federal Communications Commission's July 10 Open Meeting, which FCC Chairman Ajit Pai laid out in a blog post on June 18, 2019. I'm traveling to New York this week; below is a shorter-than-usual weekly that takes a look at how Chairman Pai plans to take education out of the Educational Broadband Service -- and broadcast television.

Elections Matter: Who’s Who in Telecommunications Policy in the 116th Congress

The 116th Congress is underway. In the background of a partial government shutdown, lawmakers are getting their committee assignments. At Benton, we keep a close eye on two key Congressional panels because of their jurisdiction over many telecommunications issues and oversight of the Federal Communications Commission: 1) the House Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, and 2) the Senate Commerce Committee. Here's a look at some key telecom policymakers -- and their priorities -- in the 116th Congress. 

The Future Openness of the Internet Should Not Turn on the Decision of a Particular Company

On Tuesday, April 17, the House Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing –  entitled “From Core to Edge: Perspective on Internet Prioritization” – to  better understanding of how network operators manage data flows over the Internet and how data is prioritized from the network core to the edge.


Office of Native Affairs and Policy and the Wireline Competition Bureau

Federal Communications Commission

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 14:00

The session will discuss a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) adopted on October 1, 2021, which proposes to update the definition of libraries in its rules to clarify that Tribal libraries are eligible to participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program. The NPRM also solicits input on other steps the FCC could take to encourage and support Tribal schools and libraries’ participation in the E-Rate Program.

FTC Announces Agenda for October 21 Open Commission Meeting

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan announced that an open meeting of the FTC will be held virtually on Thursday, October 21, 2021. The open meeting will begin at 1 pm EST and will be followed by a time for members of the public to address the FTC. Staff will present some findings from evidence gathered pursuant to the 2019 6(b) orders issued to six Internet service providers and three of their advertising affiliates in regards to their privacy practices. The public release of the report is subject to commission vote.


Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Tue, 11/09/2021 - 13:00 to 14:00

The contentious 2020 election and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have added fuel to the already fiery debate surrounding the treatment of political speech on social media. Many on the left have called for increased regulation to ensure social media platforms remove hate speech and misinformation, while many on the right have called for laws that would prohibit social media platforms from restricting users based on their viewpoints.


Center for Data Innovation

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 10:00 to 11:00

A number of major technological changes on the horizon will have a significant impact on the future of online advertising. These changes include web browsers phasing out third-party cookies and mobile operating systems altering how third-parties can access device IDs. How will these changes impact online advertising in Europe for both consumers and businesses?

A panel discussion about how online ads work, what data they use, how they deliver value for advertisers and consumers, and what kinds of technological developments are changing the nature of targeted online advertising. 


Federal Communications Commission

Wed, 11/03/2021 - 10:00 to 13:30

The first meeting of the Federal Communications Commission’s rechartered Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC). The charter for the CEDC has been renewed for a two-year period beginning June 29, 2021.

The agenda for the meeting will include introducing members of the CEDC, including the Council Chair and Vice Chairs, and establishing working groups that will assist the CEDC in carrying out its work. This agenda may be modified at the discretion of the CEDC Chair and the DFO.


Congressional Internet Caucus Academy

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 15:00 to 16:00

At the dawn of Web 1.0 policymakers nearly quashed the Internet with legislation such as the Communications Decency Act and key escrow. Many policy experts fear the same cycle has begun at the advent of Web 3.0. The clumsy cryptocurrency language in the Infrastructure Bill laid bare the lack of policymaker awareness of the broader "Web3" ecosystem. 

Experts draw parallels between mistakes made in the 1990s and why policymakers must better understand the promise and potential of Web 3.0. 

FCC Announces Agenda for October 26, 2021 Open Meeting

The Federal Communications Commission announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the October 26, 2021 Open Commission Meeting: