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.
A live Q&A event on Instagram to share how libraries are planning to use the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program supporting digital equity efforts through libraries and schools nationwide.
A virtual webinar to provide additional information about the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program, on fcc.gov/live. Prior to, or during, this event, questions can be submitted by sending an email to [email protected]
The webinar will highlight frequently asked questions about the ECF Program and application process. Participants will also have an opportunity to submit any additional questions they may have during, or in advance, of the event. The webinar will be recorded and available on the FCC’s website.
The event will feature remarks by Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and FTC Chief Technologist Erie Meyer, as well as presentations and discussions on a variety of privacy and data security research.
The event will be tweeted live from the FTC’s Twitter page (@FTC) using the hashtag #PrivacyCon21.
The Broadband Data Task Force is hosting this webinar to provide information about the proposed technical requirements for the mobile challenge, verification, and crowdsourcing processes required under the Broadband DATA Act. During the webinar, staff will provide an overview of the proposals in the recently released Public Notice on this topic and be available to answer participant questions.
At this meeting, the Task Force will hear updates from the Working Group leadership and discuss progress towards recommendations.
Lack of access to broadband is a problem in both metropolitan and rural areas, but efforts to close the digital divide often overlook the “Black Rural South” — 152 rural counties with populations that are 35 percent Black or higher in the southern region of the United States. In the Black Rural South, 38 percent of African Americans do not have access to home internet. This is driven by a lack of availability and affordability of broadband services.