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September 19, 2014

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September 18, 2014

Disagreement Between FCC and its Watchdog Over New ‘Strike Force’

It was a jam-packed day of tech policy activity on the Hill Wednesday, with the Senate Judiciary Committee holding a hearing on net neutrality, a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee markup of a satellite television reauthorization bill, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler testifying before the House Small Business Committee, a House Judiciary subcommittee copyright hearing, and more. So, in case you missed it, there was an interesting rift that emerged between the FCC and its watchdog body during Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on FCC oversight, CQ Roll Call’s Joanna Anderson reports (subscription).

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September 12, 2014

Next Week: Net Neutrality, Big Data & Robotics Policy

It’ll be a busy week next week, with Monday being the deadline for filing Open Internet comments with the Federal Communications Commission, as well as a number of events here in Washington, among them the Federal Trade Commission’s big data workshop and the FCC’s Open Internet roundtables.

On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission holds a day-long workshop on big data and its impact on consumers, including the poor and under-served.

Also on Monday, The Brookings Institution hosts a panel discussion on robotics and the legal and regulatory policy surrounding it.

On Tuesday, the FCC hosts two roundtables on net neutrality, one in the morning on policy approaches  and another in the afternoon focusing on mobile broadband.

The Atlantic Council holds an event titled “The Final Frontier: Renewing America’s Space Program” on Tuesday.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Small Business Committee in a hearing on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the Software & Information Industry Association holds an event releasing a report on the economic impact of the software industry.

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a net neutrality hearing on Wednesday.

The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee holds a hearing on Wednesday on the FCC’s budget and management, followed by another hearing by a Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee hearing on cross border data flows.

The House Judiciary Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee holds a copyright hearing on Wednesday, followed by a hearing Thursday on U.S. Copyright Office oversight.

On Thursday, National Journal and The Atlantic hold an event on Hispanic millennials and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

On Friday, the New America Foundation and the Global Public Policy Institute host an event on “technology sovereignty” proposals.

The Progressive Policy Institute holds an event titled “Growing the Transatlantic Digital Economy” on Friday.

 

September 10, 2014

Legal Debate on Municipal Broadband Petitions Looks at Preemption Authority and Section 706

Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., are among a number of cities and towns that provide their own municipal broadband networks. About 20 states, depending on whom you ask, have laws that restrict them in some fashion.

This summer, in what could eventually be a landmark action, Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board, which runs its network, and the government of Wilson petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to preempt state laws they say prevent them from geographically expanding their broadband offerings. The legal debate has focused on whether the FCC has authority to preempt these state laws.

For the rest of the story, check out the Policy Focus in Roll Call here.

September 8, 2014

STEM, Technology and Education and Broadband Regulation This Week

Lawmakers are back in town this week, along with events on broadband regulation, technology and education and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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September 2, 2014

Harvard Internet Conference and FCC’s Wheeler’s Broadband Talk on Tap This Week

Congress is out of town for another week, but there are several events in D.C. and outside the Beltway, including a speech by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and an Internet policy conference at Harvard University.

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August 22, 2014

House Energy and Commerce Wants Comments on the Universal Service Fund

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has been looking to update the Communications Act and issued its latest white paper Friday on the Universal Service Fund. People seeking to comment on questions posed by the panel have until Sept. 19 to do so.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 5:01 p.m.
Broadband, Telecom

July 28, 2014

This Week: Wireless Cramming, Minority Media and Microsoft’s Data Warrant

The highlights include a look at Microsoft’s challenge of a warrant for data located in Ireland, a Senate hearing on wireless cramming and a conference on issues for minority media and telecom businesses.

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July 24, 2014

E-Rate Shakeup: Wi-Fi Money Is Available, but There’s a Catch

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to shake up the E-Rate program of federal subsidies for Internet service in public schools and libraries has only partly been successful — his FCC colleagues have agreed to make more money available for Wi-Fi, as Wheeler proposed in June, but only if the dollars aren’t needed for basic Internet connections.

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July 23, 2014

Transparency Rule Still in Place, FCC Reminds Broadband Providers

The Federal Communications Commission issued an advisory Wednesday reminding broadband service providers that they are still bound by part of the 2010 “open Internet” rule requiring accurate disclosure of information about their services.

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A Look at Technology at Libraries

A new report from the American Library Association, the University of Maryland and the International City/County Management Association on “digital inclusion” says that 39 percent of public libraries have fiber optic Internet connections and that 98 percent offer Wi-Fi.

Here are a few more statistics from the survey, which had breakdowns by locale:

  • Fiber connections were 58 percent for libraries in cities compared to 27 percent in libraries in rural areas.
  • City libraries have an average Internet download speed of over 100 Mbps. Rural libraries had an average download speed of over 21 Mbps.
  • 90 percent make e-books available.
  • 41 percent make laptops available. In this case, rural libraries offered this service at a higher percentage than city libraries.
  • 17 percent of libraries offer use of tablets.
  • 2 percent have 3-D printers.

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