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.
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.
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.
Skyrocketing screen time has deepened parents’ concerns about their children’s online safety, privacy, and wellbeing. Apps such as TikTok, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram draw younger audiences onto their platforms raising concerns about how their data is being used and how marketers are targeting them. This hearing will examine the issues posed by Big Tech, child-oriented apps, and manipulative influencer marketing.
Human rights in the digital age
Let’s get more communities and families digitally connected. Come learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, a temporary federal program through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) geared toward connecting more households to the internet at a time when we rely on digital connectivity more than ever before.
National Urban League
Center on Rural Innovation
Partnership for Public Service
Non-profit organizations, anchor institutions, and local and state governments will join forces on May 14th to build awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Our collective goal is to ensure that every household that is eligible for the program learns about the program and how to enroll. There are various ways for your community to promote the EBB, including becoming an FCC community partner.
After a year of work, school, political organizing, and socializing via remote video, the pandemic has made clear how essential connectivity is to American life.
It’s also revealed deep inequalities in internet access: millions are unable to run multiple video calls at once, with many lacking in-home access entirely. Meanwhile, the future of net neutrality remains uncertain. With states like California enforcing their own open internet rules, the federal government may be forced to solve the issue once and for all.