Techno Bits & Bytes
Robbie McBeath on 09/18/2017
Ten years ago, the world population was 6.6 billion; 3 billion of those people lacked access to broadband internet connectivity. Fast forward a decade to 2017, and the global population has risen by 1 billion, but so has the number of disconnected people.
Robbie McBeath on 09/07/2017
What does gigabit civic engagement look like? The initial winners of the Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Award demonstrate not just what “could be” but what “is”. ...
- Robbie McBeath on 06/26/2017
Robbie McBeath on 06/09/2017
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the US Department of Agriculture is awarding four loans to help provide broadband service in rural portions of California, Illinois, Iowa and Texas.
Robbie McBeath on 05/18/2017
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) took to the Senate floor to say it was time to put the fear-mongering aside and protect the open internet with bipartisan legislation, the kind of legislation Chairman Thune said he had offered but then-chairman Tom Wheeler rejected.
Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and 94 other tech companies call travel ban ‘unlawful’ in rare coordinated legal actionBenton Foundation on 02/06/2017
Silicon Valley is stepping up its confrontation with the Trump administration.
Robbie McBeath on 12/18/2015
A Virginia jury has issued a $25 million verdict against Cox Communications in an online piracy case that could mean more trouble for downloaders of illegal content.
Robbie McBeath on 12/16/2015
In the debate, if Trump meant that the Internet is a magical gift America bestowed on the rest of the world that can be taken away at will -- it speaks to a worldview that attributes vast, imaginary powers to the Oval Office. And leadership is as much about understanding boundaries as it is about breaking them.
Robbie McBeath on 10/20/2015
Representatives for news organizations who plan to cover 2016's convention are protesting a move by the Republican National Committee to charge news media organizations a $150 access fee for seats on the press stand.
Robbie McBeath on 09/23/2015
Chinese officials have summoned top American tech executives to Seattle (WA) for a forum on Sept 23 in a show of force that could make the Obama Administration’s standing in Silicon Valley appear weak by comparison.
Benton Foundation on 07/16/2015
Jul 22 2015 - 2:30am - 5:00pm
Promoting Broadband Infrastructure Investment
Communications and Technology Subcommittee
House Commerce Committee
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Robbie McBeath on 06/30/2015
What does a centuries-old whiskey company have to do with the Internet? A lot, it turns out. You don't often see bourbon makers rubbing elbows with telecommunication regulators, but Jim Beam made an exception when it sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission arguing that the agency needs to ensure that high-speed Internet remains plentiful, competitive and cheap.
Robbie McBeath on 05/12/2015
Verizon announced the acquisition of AOL Inc. for $50 per share, amounting to $4.4 billion. Public Knowledge encourages the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to secure consumer privacy as broadband carriers leverage their unique relationship with subscribers to harvest private information traditionally considered confidential or proprietary.
Benton Foundation on 03/24/2015
According to the Federal Communications Commission's most recent report, nearly 14 million Americans lack any access to fixed broadband. In an effort to remedy this, in 2011, the FCC established the Connect America Fund (CAF) within the USF high-cost program to provide federal universal service support to private carriers serving high-cost parts of the nation. While progress has been made to implement various parts, thanks to the great work of staff, there hasn't been a sense of urgency at the FCC due to a lack of energy and commitment to complete the hard tasks that remain. Sadly, unless something significant changes, unserved Americans will have to wait even longer to get access to broadband.
Benton Foundation on 02/28/2015
Online activists played a significant role in the vote to regulate broadband Internet service as a utility. And even before the vote, outside the headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission, they started taking a bow.
Benton Foundation on 01/26/2015
One month before the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on new rules to treat the Internet like a utility, activists participating in the Battle for the Net campaign have launched an online countdown clock that they are making available for sites across the Web.
Benton Foundation on 12/22/2014
President Barack Obama says he doesn't consider North Korea's hack of Sony Pictures "an act of war." "It was an act of cybervandalism," President Obama said.
Benton Foundation on 06/24/2014
Jun 26 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Digital Diplomacy and Proactive Monitoring: Challenges to Solutions
New America Foundation
Thursday, June 26, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Rebecca on 03/11/2014
The Internet Infrastructure Coalition is one of 10 global organizations that recently petitioned the co-facilitators of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to keep Internet policy negotiations open and collaborative for the 10-year review.
Benton Foundation on 09/20/2013
The House Intelligence Committee is firing back at lawmakers who have accused the panel of withholding access to information about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs from other members of Congress.
Benton Foundation on 06/10/2013
The dreamers, brains and cranks who built the Internet hoped it would be a tool of liberation and knowledge. Last week, an altogether bleaker vision emerged with new revelations of how the United States government is using it as a monitoring and tracking device.
Benton Foundation on 03/21/2013
The Advertising Council and Connect2Compete, a nonprofit group whose goal is to eliminate the digital divide in the United States, are introducing a public service campaign to help those who are not digitally literate find free training to obtain these skills.
Benton Foundation on 08/17/2012
The Department of Justice says Verizon can go ahead with its $3.6-billion purchase of wireless spectrum from the cable industry, but not without some tweaks to help protect consumers from telecom behemoths becoming too cozy.
Benton Foundation on 02/24/2012
Validas, a company that analyzes wireless bills, said it looked at data from 55,000 cellphone bills from AT&T and Verizon subscribers in 2011. Depending on the conditions of their networks, AT&T and Verizon sometimes throttle customers who are in the top 5 percent of data users. So Validas analyzed data use on bills from unlimited data plans and customers on limited, tiered plans to calculate the amount of data used by the top 5 percent for each type of customer.
Benton Foundation on 02/06/2012
The partisans of an unfettered Internet saw their moment, and seized it. They unleashed a wave of protest that included much waving of the First Amendment and an attention-grabbing blackout of Wikipedia, the company’s most conspicuous foray into protest politics. The legislation is dead, and proponents of the open Web have shown that they are the new power in Washington. The question is, how will they use their muscle now?