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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: 

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Date: 
Thu, 08/27/2020 - 13:00

Rural broadband infrastructure is often financed using public and private sources of capital. Private sources tend to be community banks. But not as much is known about bank financing than about funding from government sources:



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Senate Commerce Committee

Date: 
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:00

The hearing will provide members an opportunity to examine policy issues before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and review the agency’s ongoing activities and proceedings. 

Witnesses



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Aspen Institute

Date: 
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:00

The uses and effects of technological change permeate through all of our systems, including our democracy. Yet given political polarization and uncertain legal rules, our current climate presents unique challenges to our ideas and values of democracy. How might we use and think about technology to better serve our democratic institutions?



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Micromobility Industries

Date: 
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 13:00

Wireless networks underpin almost every aspect of modern micromobility. Without them, it would be impossible to do things like manage a global fleet of scooters or track down a customer’s bike when it gets stolen or lost.

But the connectivity choices available to micromobility companies are limited. Both WiFi and Bluetooth have short range, and cellular data plans can be pricy. However, thanks to new advances in low-power, long-range networking technology, the connectivity landscape is changing. 



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Brookings

Date: 
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 16:00 to 17:00

The July tech antitrust hearing in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee stands to be historic. With the CEOs of Silicon Valley’s four most important firms — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Google’s Sundar Pichai — all testifying, this may be the moment Americans finally get answers about what makes Big Tech tick and the implications the industry holds for competition in an increasingly digital world.



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Open RAN Policy Coalition

Date: 
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:00 to 11:30

An essential part of the 5G technology evolution is the rapid implementation and sanctity of 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) technology. By standardizing or “opening” the protocols and interfaces between the various subcomponents in the RAN, we will move to an environment where networks can be deployed with a more modular design without being dependent upon a single vendor.

Open RAN technology and how the U.S. Congress can help facilitate a network evolution with the potential to create economic opportunities while increasing supply chain diversity and promoting competition.



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TVNewsCheck

Date: 
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 13:00

Television executives from E.W. Scripps, Tegna and the National Association of Broadcasters will assess what progress the industry is making toward diversity and inclusion both in front of and behind the camera and in its news coverage of minority communities during a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar.