Techno Bits & Bytes

  • During the same week that President Donald Trump fired the man in charge of the investigation into the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the ...

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  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement on the announcement that Verizon Communications has agreed to purchase at least $1.05 billion in optical fiber from Corning Incorporated.

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  • In an effort to address the spotty access to broadband in many rural regions, Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduced the Public Lands Telecommunications Act.

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  • The Federal Communications Commission is required by law to promote competition in the TV set-top box market. Yet the fact that cable programming must be available on apps on competitive devices, on nondiscriminatory terms, is being framed as some kind of Federal Communications Commission overreach, or a "compulsory license," or as interfering with contracts or copyright.

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  • The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee took aim April 20 at the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality Open Internet order and ex parte contacts in a hearing on "The Administrative State: An Examination of Federal Rulemaking."

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  • One key storyline of this election season has been how presidential campaigns are using technology -- whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or e-mail -- to target voters online. But an arguably more important story is how, if elected, those candidates would help the 55 million Americans who don’t have access to the Internet at all get online in the first place.

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  • Level 3 said that Charter Communications' peering proposal lacks a number of key details that could affect future relationships.

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  • After Comcast announced it would no longer pursue its acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Washington policymakers responded ...

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  • Bill Stemper, president of Comcast's business services unit, took to the Web to make a business case for the Time Warner Cable merger. Stemper is definitely in agreement with Vice President Joe Biden, who has pitched broadband as a way to help small businesses be more competitive.

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  • While development organizations, nonprofit groups and some of our largest technology companies push for a global Internet, a tale of two cities highlights the difficulties inherent in getting a population to use services intended for their development (even if they’re free). The divergent paths of broadband adoption in Stockholm and New York highlight just how difficult getting local populations to move online can be.

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  • Does Comcast’s awful customer actually provide legal grounds for the Federal Communications Commission to block the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger? Actually, yes.

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  • Oluvus is a new kind of telecom that hopes to make money by giving away Internet access in the US and use any profits to support connectivity projects in the developing world.

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  • After years of pressure from Internet service providers, network neutrality is under threat by the Federal Communications Commission itself.

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  • The big technology companies have put forth a united front when it comes to pushing back against the government after revelations of mass surveillance. But their cooperation goes only so far. Microsoft suggested that it would deepen its existing efforts to allow customers to store their data near them and outside the United States. Google, for its part, has been fighting this notion of so-called data localization.

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  • Streaming video on a connected TV device is now the second most popular way for adults 18-49 to view primetime TV programming behind watching traditional live television, according to a recently completed survey commissioned by Crackle, the unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment that offers ad-supported on-demand streaming video programming.

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  • Facebook along with six other telecom and tech companies has unveiled a grand plan to bring Internet connectivity to the 4 billion humans who don't yet have access, a move that "tries to pair humanitarian goals with the profit motive." What doesn't get much discussion is what benefit the 4 billion people Facebook hopes to connect will get from all this.

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  • The recent leaks about government spying programs have focused attention on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its role in deciding how intrusive the government can be in the name of national security. Less mentioned has been the person who has been quietly reshaping the secret court: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

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  • As Comcast nears completion of its $16.7 billion buyout of General Electric Co.'s stake in media giant NBCUniversal, it faces a slowdown in what has long been the engine of the business: NBCU's cable channels.

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  • Oct 25 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

    The FTC has proposed a number of revisions to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In comments recently filed with the FTC, a wide range of voices criticized these proposed changes as undermining the ability of operators to provide websites and services to children and raising First Amendment concerns. Join us for a lunch discussion with leading experts on the current state of COPPA as they debate fundamental questions about whether COPPA is even effective, and how it should be reformed.

    Revising COPPA: A Discussion of the FTC's Proposals

    Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Oct 9 2012 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

    This event will highlight the disparate regulatory structures facing firms that provide wired and wireless telecommunications and Internet services. These disparate regulatory structures were borne in a 20th century era of highly distinct technological delivery mechanisms and a lack of substitutability by consumers across these services.

    Is it Time to Unify Telecommunications Policy? The Economic Evidence

    The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Washington, DC

  • The Walt Disney Company, in an effort to address concerns about entertainment’s role in childhood obesity, plans to announce that all products advertised on its child-focused television channels, radio stations and Web sites must comply with a strict new set of nutritional standards.

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  • The United Kingdom's High Court ruled that The Pirate Bay must be blocked by all local Internet services providers, thereby cutting it off from a potential user base of over 50 million people.

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  • Oct 18 2011 - 9:00am - 11:00am

    Project to Get Older Adults onLine

    Tuesday, October 18th

    8:300 - 11:00 a.m.

    National Press Club

  • A top Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity official told lawmakers that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would likely be among the private sector firms that would be subject to federal oversight under the White House's proposed cybersecurity legislation.

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