| Sept. 10, 2014, 7:10 p.m.
On the issue of municipal broadband, the opposing sides are focused on the Federal Communications Commission and not Congress, but it’s still a topic that’s come up on the Hill, including during hearings, in letters to the FCC and on the House floor.
| Sept. 10, 2014, 3:36 p.m.
Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., are among a number of cities and towns that provide their own municipal broadband networks. About 20 states, depending on whom you ask, have laws that restrict them in some fashion.
| Sept. 9, 2014, 4:04 p.m.
Here’s an interesting political trivia question: “What was the only veto of President George H.W. Bush to be overridden by Congress?” The answer is the 1992 Cable Act.
| Aug. 22, 2014, 1:55 p.m.
European lawmakers and regulators will tell you that their recent adventures into Internet regulation are aimed at upholding a “fundamental human right” to privacy. They’ll claim the right to be forgotten is not a “super right” trumping other fundamental rights. But in their headlong rush to protect Internet users from themselves, they’ve done just that and downgraded other fundamental human rights like the right to free expression.
| July 23, 2014, 4:49 p.m.
The Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program is formally known as the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries . It was created under the 1996 Telecommunications Act and is administered through the Universal Service Administrative Company, an independent, not-for-profit corporation.
| July 23, 2014, 4:44 p.m.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to shake up the E-Rate program of federal subsidies for Internet service in public schools and libraries has only partly been successful — his FCC colleagues have agreed to make more money available for Wi-Fi, as Wheeler proposed in June, but only if the money isn’t needed for basic Internet connections.
| July 22, 2014, 6:49 p.m.
Already this year, we’ve seen announcements of two major transactions in the media and telecommunications space: Comcast announced plans to acquire Time Warner Cable, and AT&T announced plans to acquire DirecTV. Congress has begun weighing in on these transactions and, if recent press reports are to be believed, they will soon have an opportunity to review the long-rumored merger of Sprint and T-Mobile. It is this third proposed transaction that is most interesting because it carries the potential of a policy dilemma for both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
| July 21, 2014, 4:49 p.m.
The productivity and growth of rural America are essential to the overall economic well-being and prosperity of our country. These regions are critical to our sustainability and should not be neglected when considering policies that promote job creation, investment and innovation. While Ohio’s 5th District boasts more than 60,000 manufacturing jobs, it is also the largest agricultural district in the state. Ensuring our rural areas are accounted for, especially when examining ways to tap our country’s technological potential, must be a top priority.
| July 17, 2014, 11:42 a.m.
At Tuesday’s congressional briefing on marine mammal strandings, Congressmen William Keating, D-Mass., and Jared Huffman, D-Calif., spoke to approximately 80 congressional staffers and others about how crucial The John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program is for conducting important marine mammal rescue work and government-mandated research not only for their states, but nationwide.
| July 9, 2014, 7:11 p.m.
Discussions of the Aereo case on broadcast copyrights often include references to the Cablevision court case in 2008 and its importance to “cloud” computing.
| July 9, 2014, 7:04 p.m.
When the Supreme Court ruled last month that the television streaming service Aereo had violated the copyrights of major broadcasters, the justices also cautioned that their ruling was limited in nature.
| July 7, 2014, 6:43 p.m.
A June 24 Roll Call op-ed, “The Far Right’s Assault on Science Won’t Help Economy” made numerous unfounded charges against Republicans on the House Science Committee. While the author attempts to come across as an independent observer, his allegations are tired partisan rhetoric.
| June 24, 2014, 3:55 p.m.
It wasn’t too many years ago that the Environmental Protection Agency came under fire for promulgating regulations that critics claimed had insufficient scientific validity. The pendulum now seems to have swung the other way, if a policy provision in the “Department of Energy Research and Development Act of 2014” is any indicator.
| June 19, 2014, 5 a.m.
With every passing day, our video laws grow more outdated and unable to keep up with the amazing changes in technology. Our current system of TV rules was created in 1992 and is based on decades of antiquated communications law.
| June 18, 2014, 7:56 p.m.
Here’s the status of various legislative moves in Congress, including those that would slow down the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s move to step out of Internet domain functions:
| June 18, 2014, 3:59 p.m.
Could authoritarian governments gain power over the Web if the U.S. steps out of its role in the Internet domain name system?
| June 11, 2014, 2:57 p.m.
As members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, we are keenly aware — thanks to our nation’s law enforcement and intelligence communities — of the potential damage a cyberattack on our nation’s critical infrastructure could cause.
| June 11, 2014, 2:25 p.m.
A pediatric research bill Congress cleared this week is winning praise for boosting efforts to combat childhood diseases, but the measure will not change any spending levels unless appropriators allocate money for the work to the National Institutes of Health.
| June 11, 2014, 2:17 p.m.
Approving tax treaties with other nations used to be relatively routine business on Capitol Hill, but that’s no longer the case.
| June 10, 2014, 2:58 p.m.
Recently, U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., prodded his Senate colleagues to move forward with a piece of legislation that has vital implications for the security of individuals, businesses and our nation as a whole. Speaking at George Washington University, Rogers addressed the need for the Senate to pass a comprehensive cybersecurity bill. The House has already passed their own bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which facilitates increased information sharing about cyber-threats between government and the private sector. The Senate, however, must produce its version so that the two can go to conference committee and produce meaningful legislation that can be signed into law.