Policy

As it Appeared in USA Today 'Walking Dead' Producer Gale Anne Hurd says Feds Unleashing Piracy Apocalypse

FCC set-top box proposal will make zombies of your favorite TV shows.  Back in December of 2013, I attended Variety’s Content Protection Summit and delivered what turned out to be a pretty prophetic statement: “There’s a mistaken belief by many of my peers that piracy is somehow good. … I’m not sure they really understand … that the people…

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Lets Put Internet Users First in Advancing President Obama’s Open Internet Goals

This week, President Obama published his principles for the Open Internet on whitehouse.gov, noting: “More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here’s a big reason we’ve seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated Internet traffic equally.”…

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DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW HOW MANY CYBER PROFESSIONALS THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS?

Nearly everyone agrees there’s a shortage of cybersecurity professionals across government.  But quantifying the precise cyber talent gap remains an inexact science. “We always hear from agencies that they need more cybersecurity people, but they have a very difficult time pointing to what those positions are,” Tim Polk, assistant director for cybersecurity in the White…

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LISTA APPLAUDS THE FCC ON ITS EFFORT TO DIVERSIFY THE UPCOMING SPECTRUM AUCTIONS.

Latinos in Information Science and Technology Association (LISTA) applaud the Federal Commission Communications, the agency responsible for oversight of the nation’s communications system, for its timely and promising circulation of a proposed rule making on the Designated Entity (DE) program, created to identify and preserve small businesses for FCC’s spectrum auctions.  LISTA, the nation’s leading…

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How the U.S. Got Broadband Right By Lowell C. McAdam

As senators consider President Obama’s nomination of Tom Wheeler to lead the Federal Communications Commission, some observers have painted a dire picture of the state of Internet availability in America. One legal scholar, Susan Crawford, has argued that “prices are too high and speeds are too slow,” though she supports Mr. Wheeler, a venture capitalist…

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U.S. the leader on broadband By David L. Cohen

Last week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors convenes its “Innovation Summit” here in Philadelphia, including a focus on broadband, the Internet, and all they enable. There’s was no better location for this summit. After all, Philadelphia was home to Benjamin Franklin, America’s first great innovator. Franklin founded our nation’s first public hospital, first public library,…

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Rockefeller Calls for GAO Study of TV Station Shared Service Agreements

Says there are serious questions about impact of coordinated TV station sales and operations Senate Commerce Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) has asked the Government Accounting Office to look into the impact of TV station joint sales agreements (JSAs) and shared service agreements (SSAs) on consumers.  In a letter dated Monday, Rockefeller outlined some…

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Why We Need to Move Ahead on IP by Ajit Pai.

We can’t regulate modern technologies the way we did Ma Bell The ancient Greek thinker Heraclitus believed that “the only constant is change.” He obviously didn’t have modern telecommunications networks in mind, but his philosophy fully applies to those networks nonetheless. Not too long ago, we lived in a world dominated by monopolies. To make…

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Eyes Political Push on Immigration.

Mark Zuckerberg appears to have found his next venture: politics. The 28-year-old Facebook CEO and billionaire — after mostly staying out of the political fray while running his company’s day-to-day operations — is joining with other executives to form an issues advocacy organization, with an initial focus on comprehensive immigration reform, according to sources familiar…

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