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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

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.

July 21, 2014

New Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown

Georgetown University Law Center has created a new Center on Privacy and Technology and has hired Senate Judiciary Committee staffer Alvaro M. Bedoya as its executive director.

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Satellite Television, Internet Governance and Open Data This Week

The House will take up a satellite television bill this week and a subcommittee holds a hearing on three tech bills. Elsewhere in Washington, events on Internet governance, open data and broadband regulation are coming up.

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July 18, 2014

Sizing Up the National ‘Research Enterprise’

Is the U.S. measuring its “research enterprise” well enough?

At a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing Thursday, Stephen Fienberg, a statistics and social science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, talked about some findings in a report the National Academy issued last month:

We found that current measures are inadequate to guide national decisions about what research investments will expand the benefits of science. Moreover, we noted that the U.S. lacks an institutionalized capacity for systematically evaluating the nation’s research enterprise taken as a whole and assessing its performance and developing policy options for federally-funded research.

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July 16, 2014

Stanford University: Valleywag Just Can’t Take It Anymore

Just in time for tomorrow’s 6th annual happy hour cruise for Stanford University grads in D.C., the antagonistic Silicon Valley blog Valleywag has posted a profane screed against the tech-company feeder school. “It’s time we talk about Stanford as it is: a stuck-up temple to new plutocracy, cronyism, and greed,” writes Sam Biddle.

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July 11, 2014

Census’ STEM Numbers

The Census Bureau released an interactive graph Thursday linking various college degrees to occupational fields. Interestingly, it looks like even among people who majored in computers, math, statistics and engineering, their occupations are roughly split between STEM and non-STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics, for the uninitiated).

It’s worth noting that Census includes sciences like social science as STEM. The graph also has specific tabs for graphs according to gender and race.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 6:19 p.m.

Praise and Criticism After FCC E-Rate Vote

Reactions to the Federal Communications Commission’s Friday decision to approve a modified overhaul of a program that discounts telecommunications and Internet bills for schools and libraries ranged from praise to criticism of the process to calls for more money in the future.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 5:20 p.m.
Broadband, Education

July 10, 2014

More From Lawmakers Ahead of Friday’s E-Rate Vote

The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Friday on a plan to overhaul the program that provides discounts to schools and libraries for telecommunications and Internet service, and lawmakers have over the past few days continued to voice concerns.

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July 8, 2014

FCC’s E-Rate Proposal Draws Questions from Rockefeller, Markey

The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee has concerns about a Federal Communications Commission proposal to overhaul the program that provides discounts to schools and libraries for telecommunications and Internet service. The FCC is slated to vote on the proposal on Friday.

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