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October 3, 2014

Weekly Recap: Football, Spectrum Incentive Auctions and Facebook Research

Happy National Manufacturing Day! Football, the spectrum incentive auctions and research processes at Facebook were among the issues that cropped up this week. Here’s a look at some of the highlights along with a few Technocrat posts in case you missed them.

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September 22, 2014

Week Ahead: OkCupid, High-Skilled Immigration Policy & Cross-Border Data Flows

Lawmakers are out of town for several weeks, and that means a somewhat quieter week in Washington. But there’s still plenty going on, with OkCupid’s co-founder and president talking at Sixth & I as well as events on high-skilled immigration policy and and cross-border data flows.


OkCupid’s Christian Rudder caused a stir this summer over a blog post about experiments the online dating site has conducted. He has a new book out and he’ll be at Sixth & I on Monday talking to The Atlantic’s Megan Garber.

On Monday and Tuesday, The National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy hosts a conference titled “High-Skilled Immigration Policy & the Global Competition for Talent.”


On Tuesday, The Brookings Institution hosts an event releasing three papers proposing ways to spur more efficient use of government-owned spectrum.


The Center for Democracy & Technology on Wednesday holds an event on education, data and privacy.


On Thursday, Brookings hosts a panel discussion on challenges to cross-border data flows and their potential impacts on communications, trade and commerce.

July 17, 2014

Golden Goose Awards Honor Spectrum Auction Brainpower

Robert Wilson, Paul Milgrom and R. Preston McAfee will each receive Golden Goose Awards for work that led to the design of the first Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction.

The awards, offered by a group of university, research and other organizations, go to researchers whose federally-funded work has spurred big social impact.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 11:46 a.m.
R&D, Spectrum

June 17, 2014

Mobile Data Traffic More Than Doubled Last Year, According to CTIA

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Source: CTIA

CTIA says that wireless data traffic more than doubled to 3.2 trillion megabytes in 2013, from 1.5 trillion megabytes the previous year.

The group, which represents the wireless industry, released its annual industry survey and contended that its findings show the need for more wireless spectrum.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 5:09 p.m.
Broadband, Spectrum

June 12, 2014

Marco Rubio Zeroes In on Wireless Policy Proposals

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Rubio speaks during the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference on March 6. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Marco Rubio spoke at the startup group 1776 on Wednesday about what he wants to see in wireless policy. The prospective Republican presidential candidate says his proposal to reallocate 200 megahertz of government spectrum is his “entrance into the discussion.”

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May 21, 2014

Net Neutrality Wasn’t the Only Wheeler Hearing Topic

When FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler testified on the Hill yesterday,  the biggest news was the discussion of net neutrality. But there were several other issues in the mix, including municipal broadband.

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May 19, 2014

May 12, 2014

This Week: FCC’s Net Neutrality Meeting, Online Advertising, Cybersecurity

The Federal Communications Commission meets this week on net neutrality, a Senate panel holds a hearing on online advertising, USTelecom holds a cybersecurity forum, and more.

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May 9, 2014

Commentary Roundup: Bitcoin, Rural Broadband, Patents, Copper Lines

Some of the latest tech-oriented pieces from Roll Call’s Guest Observer files:

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May 8, 2014

Rural Service Would Lose Under Spectrum Plan, Boucher Says

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to set restrictions on the amount of spectrum that AT&T and Verizon can buy in the government’s upcoming incentive auctions, but former House Energy and Commerce subcommittee chairman argues that the plan would be a setback for expanding mobile broadband in underserved areas.

“What’s the best approach to achieving the goal of expanded rural service? Don’t restrict the auction by cutting out companies that currently serve rural America and want to expand their presence there,” wrote Rick Boucher, who represented a largely rural portion of Virginia in the House for nearly three decades, in a blog post at the Internet Innovation Alliance, where he is honorary chairman.

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