On Tuesday January 14 2014 the D.C. Circuit Court issued its ruling on the the FCC’s Open Internet rules aka Net Neutrality. The same day new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Tom Wheeler issued a brief formal statement, but also posted a lengthy feisty blog post Ensuring an Open Internet Now and for the Future. Two days later he made the same points more concisely as part of his keynote at the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council’s Broadband and Social Justice Summit, which was carried live on C-SPAN. Video is below.
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On Tuesday January 14 2014 the D.C. Circuit Court issued its ruling on the the FCC’s Open Internet rules aka Net Neutrality. On Friday January 17 2014 Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC) hosted a discussion – D.C. Circuit Decision on FCC Open Internet Rules: Net Neutrality Win or Loss? – in Washington DC. Panelists: Markham Erickson, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson; Russell Hanser, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer ; Matt Wood, Policy Director, Free Press ; and Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania Law School. Moderator: David Sohn, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). The event was webcast live by C-SPAN. Video/audio is below. The C-SPAN link includes a transcript and a timeline.
View on C-SPAN: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/317269-1
Download audio: http://www.netcaucus.org/audio/2014/20140117fccnn.mp3
Twitter: @NetCaucusAC | #netneutrality
On Wednesday January 15 2014 the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing – #CommActUpdate: Perspectives from Former FCC Chairmen – the first in its Communications Act Update process. Witnesses were Richard Wiley, Reed Hundt, Michael Powell, and Michael Copps. Video is below.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Rzmm5U4-StQ
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/DkWhiXz5BdFG/
Background memo: http://docs.house.gov/meetings/IF/IF16/20140115/101648/HHRG-113-IF16-20140115-SD002-U1.pdf
On Wednesday January 8, 2014 DC Legal Hackers hosted #LegalHack Broadband Infrastructure, a meetup to discuss the efforts of city, state, and federal governments to create and maintain maps of broadband infrastructure to improve awareness, choice, and competition in the broadband market. Speakers included Virginia Maloney, Senior Project Manager, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC); Anne Neville, Director, State Broadband Initiative, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); Mike Byrne, Geographic Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission (FCC); Greta Byrum, Senior Field Analyst, Open Technology Institute (OTI). Moderator was Julia Pulidindi, Senior Associate, The National League of Cities. The event was webcast live by the Internet Society North America Bureau, video is below.
VIDEO: Communications Safety Net – How Lifeline Connects Families and Communities @NewAmerica #fcc #LifelineWeek
This last week was designated Lifeline Awareness Week. Since 1985, the FCC’s Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers. In 2005, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund. In December 2012 the FCC announced it had saved $210m through aggressive fraud elimination, $41m of which was redirected to broadband adoption programs. The future of the program is under consideration by policy makers. On Thursday September 12 2013 more than 80 civic groups wrote to congress urging further support for the program.
That same day, the New America Foundation, along with the National Urban League and others, hosted Communications Safety Net – How Lifeline Connects Families and Communities – an event to bring together advocates and policy makers to discuss the importance of the Lifeline program. FCC Acting Chair Mignon Clyburn delivered a keynote at the event. Video is below.
WEBCAST TODAY: #FCC #Accessibility & Innovation Initiative Speaker Series: Dr. Yevgen Borodin #aiispeaker #a11y
Today. Thursday, September 12, 2013, the FCC’s Accessibility & Innovation Initiative will host Dr. Yevgen Borodin as part of an ongoing Speaker Series. His presentation is called “Improving Accessibility for the General Public.” In this talk, Dr. Borodin will give a historic overview of how we have been “chasing the moving target” on the example of Web accessibility. He will examine the strategies we could have pursued to keep up with the chase. Finally, he will propose a solution that could help us win this race. The talk will be webcast live.
What: Improving Accessibility for the General Public
Where: FCC, Washington DC
When: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10am-Noon EDT | 1400-1600 UTC
VIDEO: FCBA @FCC Incentive Auction Proceeding Panel in NYC #incentiveauction #wireless #broadband #spectrum
On Wednesday 5th June 2013 ISOC-NY joined the NY Chapter of the Federal Communications Bar Association as they hosted a moderated discussion on the FCC’s efforts to advance incentive auctions to meet the ever-increasing demand for mobile services. Representatives from various entities engaged in the FCC proceeding and other experts highlighted the current debate. Video is below:
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/tKJeL2AYZjE
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/vkIRrWhrAYTl/
· David Donovan, New York State Broadcasters Association
· Christopher Wieczorek, T-Mobile US, Inc.
· Charles Bell, Consumers Union
· J. Armand Musey, The Summit Ridge Group
· Jonathan Cohen, Wilkinson Barker & Knauer, LLP
Twitter: #incentiveauction | #spectrum
AUDIO: Faceoff: A Fact-Based Debate on U.S. Internet Policy and Access Networks @NetCaucusAC #broadband #icacbroadband
Today June 7 2013 the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee’s Internet Ecosystem Economics Task Force hosted a debate Faceoff: A Fact-Based Debate on U.S. Internet Policy and Access Networks. This discussion featured different perspectives on the role of broadband access networks in the Internet economy, and what role, if any, government regulation should play in overseeing these networks. Audio is available.
What: Faceoff: A Fact-Based Debate on U.S. Internet Policy and Access Networks
Where: Washington DC
When: June 7 2013
- Bryan Tramont, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP (moderator)
- Ev Ehrlich, ESC Company
- Jeff Eisenach, Ph.D., Managing Director and Principal, Navigant Economics
- Rob Frieden, Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications and Law, Penn State University
- Ellen Goodman, Professor, Rutgers School of Law, Co-director, Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law
On Wednesday, April 24, 2013 the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will host a free Senior Digital Literacy Day seminar, How the Internet Can Benefit Older Americans.. Seniors, and those who work with and/or care for seniors, are invited to attend and learn about how Broadband (high speed Internet services) can benefit older Americans. Panelists, including representatives from the FCC, communications companies and non-profit organizations will focus on the many ways the Internet can benefit seniors, with emphasis on its safe and secure use. The seminar will include interactive demonstrations of electronic devices, such as cell phones, tablets, iPads, desktops and e-readers, and user-friendly computer programs that can benefit Seniors. Thomas Kamber of NYC’s Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) is one of the speakers. The seminar is free and open to the public, and will be streamed live.
What: How the Internet Can Benefit Older Americans
Where: FCC headquarters, 445 12th Street SW, Washington D.C. 20554.
When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9.30am-12.30pm EDT | 1330-1630 UTC
Twitter: #fcc | #seniors
On November 18 2009 Professor David J. Farber, now an Internet Society Trustee, gave a talk – The Technical and Political Evolution of the Internet – in the University of Delaware’s ECE Distinguished Lecturers Series. Commencing with a “how did we get here?” potted history, and continuing to prognosticate where we might go next, it is an indispensable overview of the Internet’s development from one of its prime movers. Prof. Farber is known for his ‘Farberisms‘ – mangled metaphors that push his point home. Keep an ear out for those! Video / audio can be downloaded, and it has been posted to YouTube.