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.
- Ashley Baker
Director Of Public Policy
The Committee for Justice
- George Slover
Senior Policy Counsel
- Barry Lynn
Open Markets Institute
- Jan Rybnichek
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Nancy Rose
Charles P. Kindleberger Professor Of Applied Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Underscored by the pandemic, lack of broadband access is a significant contributor to systemic inequality. In a remote-everything world, broadband is critical to ensuring that all Americans can telework, participate in remote learning, benefit from telehealth, and much more. The digital divide has been closing in recent years, but digital inequality remains due to lack of broadband infrastructure where geographic barriers have made build-out uneconomical, as well as the issue of broadband affordability, which is a problem that’s three times larger than broadband availability.
Net neutrality. Closing the digital divide. The future of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Whether the protections provided to social media platform by Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act will be transformed. These and a host of other communications policy issues await the FCC under President Biden. Policy changes could have profound impact on businesses of all shapes and sizes and all parts of the country.
The Federal Communications Commission rolled out details of the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, which provides discounts of up to $50 a month for broadband services, or $75 a month for those on tribal lands. How does the $3.2 billion federal initiative work? How will it help those at risk of digital disconnection? In this special breaking Broadband Breakfast Live Online, panelists will explore the program and how it will make a difference.
The Lifeline program's monthly webinar to hear updates about the program and an overview of the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD). During the webinar, you can ask questions and participate in a collaborative dialogue with USAC and stakeholders throughout the industry.
This webinar provides an in-depth look at all four USF programs and the Universal Service Fund contribution mechanism, highlighting major developments in the last year and trends for the upcoming year. Will discuss how the ongoing pandemic has influenced the importance of the USF and related policy decisions.