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March 26, 2015

What Issue Could be Drawing Republican Praise of the FCC?

It’s not something you hear often. CQ Roll Call’s Shawn Zeller reports that House Republicans on Thursday took a break from blasting the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules to offer the agency “rare praise” as lawmakers look to additional auctions of spectrum.

From Zeller’s story (subscription), which mentions comments by the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology subcommittee at a Thursday hearing:

Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, who recently threatened to try to freeze the agency’s budget, applauded agency staff for its management of a recent auction of government-held spectrum to wireless providers that netted more than $40 billion. The spectrum is used to deliver voice and data services.

March 23, 2015

The Week Ahead: Internet of Things, Net Neutrality and More

Members of the Federal Communications Commission are back on the Hill this week, with Chairman Tom Wheeler and commissioner Ajit Pai testifying in budget and net neutrality hearings. Hearings and events on the Internet of Things are also on tap in the week ahead.

Monday

Georgetown University holds a panel discussion on discrimination and big data.

Tuesday

The Brookings Institution hosts a discussion with Craig Silliman, Verizon’s general counsel and executive vice president for public policy, on updating communications law and regulations.

An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the Internet of Things.

A House Appropriations subcommittee holds an FCC budget hearing.

A House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee holds a hearing on the James Webb Space Telescope.

A Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on drones.

Wednesday

A House Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on abusive patent litigation.

The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the FCC’s net neutrality rules.

Thursday

The FCC holds an open meeting.

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on spectrum policy.

Microsoft holds a panel discussion on the Internet of Things.

New America holds an event on mobile health data.

The Telecommunications Industry Association hosts an event on the Internet of Things.

January 30, 2015

Spectrum Auction: Competition, Dish and Relocation

The Federal Communications Commission’s auction of a set of spectrum called AWS-3 raised a lot of money. A new record of nearly $45 billion to be exact, and much more than had been predicted.

Thursday’s announcement means that more than $20 billion will go towards deficit reduction and $7 billion for the nationwide public safety broadband network known as FirstNet, according to an FCC blog post.

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of interesting bits of Thursday’s coverage:

Wall Street Journal: “The bidding highlights the enormous scale needed to compete in the U.S. wireless market, a reality that makes it hard for rivals to challenge the market’s leaders. AT&T and Verizon control most of the industry’s most lucrative customers and the bulk of its revenue and profit, which gives them enormous financial firepower in such auctions.”

Reuters: “The auction will also be important to Dish, which already owns similar airwaves whose value will now be crystallized for the first time. Its shares had hit an all-time peak during the course of the auction and rose 3.1 percent to $73.75 on Thursday afternoon.”

CNET: “It could take some time before wireless operators can put their new spectrum to use. The Department of Defense is using some of the frequencies that were sold for things like missile guidance systems and drone training programs. The agency has said some of these programs may take five to 10 years to relocate to other spectrum.”

January 26, 2015

The Week Ahead: State of the Net, Data Breach Hearing & FCC Open Meeting

The State of the Net Conference, a House hearing regarding data breach legislation and the Federal Communications Commission’s January open meeting are on tap for this week.

Tuesday

The Federal Communications Commission hosts a “Small Business & Emerging Technologies Conference and Tech Fair.”

A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing titled “What are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?”

A subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee holds a cybersecurity hearing.

The Internet Education Foundation hosts its annual State of the Net Conference.

Wednesday

The American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy hosts an event on tech policy issues in 2015.

The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy hosts a panel discussion on media mergers and independent programmers.

A subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee holds a hearing on supercomputing.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing titled “Protecting America from Cyber Attacks: The Importance of Information Sharing.”

Thursday

The Center for Democracy and Technology holds an event titled “Always On: The Digital Patient.”

The Federal Communications Commission holds its January open meeting.

George Mason University School of Law’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property co-hosts a discussion on patents and startups.

October 27, 2014

The Week Ahead: Yelp’s CEO, Cybersecurity & Identity Theft

Events on cybersecurity and identity theft are on tap this week and Yelp’s Jeremy Stoppelman stops by 1776.

Monday

The State Educational Technology Directors Association and the National Association of State Boards of Education host a day-long education technology event.

Tuesday

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a day-long cybersecurity forum.

The Progressive Policy Institute hosts an event on wireless policy.

Wednesday

The Identity Theft Resource Center hosts an event related to a survey they’re releasing on the impacts of identity theft on victims.

Thursday

Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology hosts a day-long event on the Privacy Act and the 1974 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.

1776 hosts a discussion with Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and chief executive officer of Yelp.

October 24, 2014

Weekly Wrapup: Spectrum Incentive Auction, ECPA & Online Sales Tax Bill

Among some of the news in tech policy this week: the Federal Communications Commission announced a delay of the spectrum incentive auction as well as a pause on its 180-day review of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV transactions. In case you missed it, Technocrat had posts on Sen. Orrin G. Hatch‘s call for enactment of legislation targeting abusive patent litigation and changes to electronic privacy law next Congress as well as the state of play on the online sales tax bill.

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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.

Monday

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.”

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

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