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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.

Sponsor: 

KUOW Public Radio and the Center for an Informed Public

Date: 
Tue, 06/09/2020 - 15:00 to 16:00

There is more information shared on social media than any other time in history, and the information is not always factual. What can big tech companies like Facebook and Twitter do to regulate misinformation without infringing on users’ right to free speech? Will the government regulate these companies, and what would that look like? How will this help or hurt the coming elections? 



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Lincoln Network

Date: 
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 13:30

The spectrum debate rests squarely on one central question: How can we widen our 5G broadband footprint?



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Wall Street Journal

Date: 
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:30

In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web. Almost two decades later, he launched Inrupt, a startup set out to reshape the internet by putting personal data back in the hands of individuals. Join our talk with Berners-Lee and his Inrupt co-founder John Bruce about whether or not the internet’s dependence on advertising is sustainable. They’ll also cover how, as we all work and learn from home, internet connectivity has now more than ever become an equality issue.



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Brookings

Date: 
Wed, 06/03/2020 - 14:00 to 15:00

Cambridge Analytica, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the California Consumer Privacy Act propelled federal privacy legislation to unprecedented momentum at the outset of the 116th Congress. Legislative proposals from both sides of the aisle, including Sen. Maria Cantwell’s (D-Wash.) Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act and Sen. Roger Wicker’s (R-Miss.) United States Consumer Data Privacy Act, showed promising development and consensus on many provisions.



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New America

Date: 
Thu, 06/04/2020 - 15:00 to 16:00

At the height of the last recession, the federal government invested $2 billion in community colleges to create innovative workforce programs through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants.



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National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics

Date: 
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 09:00 to 10:00

Description: As we all navigate through the new normal of social distancing having a strong digital advocacy strategy for your memers and clients has become essential to success. Join us to learn the best strategies to mobilize your members and clients to participate in political advocacy through the use of technology and social media. 

Speaker: Eric Storey, Director of Grassroots and Digital Advocacy, American Bar Association



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Gigabit Libraries Network

Date: 
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 08:00 to 09:00

As the country and the world at large attempt re-openings, what new and unexpected issues may arise? What are the opportunities and even obligations of public libraries to support the monumental task of school openings this fall? Have the public budget crunches started landing yet?

And perhaps most urgent, how to provide neighborhood library access stations as drive-up or walk-up hotspots for those lacking other connections? And that’s only the starting point for a raft of usability /skills questions. Millions more new users will need training and ongoing support.