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FCC’s Wheeler to NATOA: The Broadband Speed Times Need A Changin'

Location:
Saint Paul, MN, United States
Recommendation:
2

Federal Communications Commission Chairman suggested that the country needed to start swimming together toward robust broadband or it will sink like a low-speed stone.

At the 11th hour, Verizon decides to cancel its controversial throttling plans

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

October 1 was supposed to be the day that Verizon’s new 4G “network optimization” policy went into effect. Verizon’s heaviest data users on grandfathered unlimited plans faced the possibility of having their speeds throttled down to make room on the LTE network for customers who pay for data by the gigabyte. But Verizon said it would pull the plug on the new policy before it went into effect.

ALA encouraged by E-rate momentum

Location:
American Library Association (ALA), 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States
Recommendation:
1

We are encouraged by the Federal Communications Commission’s commitment to making substantial improvements to the E-rate program and recognizing the vital roles libraries play in connecting our communities to critical online tools and resources.

Now entering political arena: Women in tech

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Men dominate boardrooms, money and jobs in Silicon Valley. But in at least one area, women are making inroads: politics.

Regulating the Internet "Like a Utility" Won't Yield an Open Internet - Unless ...

Location:
Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth, 1300 North 17th St, Arlington, VA, 22209, United States
Recommendation:
2

Regulating the Internet “like a utility” won’t work.

Netflix’s Chief Executive Pushes Net Neutrality in Europe

Location:
Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
1

Speaking at a conference in Brussels, Netflix’s Reed Hastings -- who has been a vocal critic of plans that would allow Internet service providers to charge extra for faster connections on their networks -- laid out again why he opposed such deals.

FCC Launches Financial Pitch For Incentive Auction

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission has begun sending out information packets to broadcasters making the financial case for why broadcasters should participate in the incentive auction. That includes breakdowns of what a station in each market, in an ideal scenario, could be paid for its spectrum, plus the median price in each market.

Gigabit Availability = $1.4 Billion in GDP

Location:
Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, 125 Half Mile Road, Red Bank, NJ, 07701, United States
Recommendation:
2

A new study finds that communities with widely available gigabit access have per capita GDP that is 1.1 percent higher than communities with little to no availability of gigabit services.

How We Solve the Tech Industry’s Gender Gap

Location:
Code for America, 85 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105, United States
Recommendation:
1

It seems impossible to address diversity in the tech workforce without addressing it earlier, in the education pipeline of potential employees. Over the past decades, countless organizations in the computer science community have worked on this problem.

Doctors Find Barriers to Sharing Digital Medical Records

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Doctors and hospital executives across the country say they are distressed that the expensive electronic health record systems they installed in the hopes of reducing costs and improving the coordination of patient care -- a major goal of the Affordable Care Act -- simply do not share information with competing systems.

Members of Congress Seek GAO Study of Auction Impact on LPTV, Translators

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States
Recommendation:
1

Reps Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) have asked the Government Accountability Office to study the impact of the Federal Communications Commission's incentive auction on low-power TV stations and translators.

FCC’s Pai: Government shouldn’t ban ‘Redskins’ name

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai cast doubts on any FCC effort to police the controversial name of the Washington football team.

Akamai: Average US Broadband Speed Jumps to 11.4 Mbps

Location:
Akamai Technologies, 8 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA, 02142, United States
Recommendation:
1

The average US broadband speed reached 11.4 Mbps in the second quarter of 2014, according to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report. That’s an increase of 8.9% over first quarter of 2014, which saw a 9% speed increase over the last quarter of 2013.

Fiber is coming: Seattle City Council strikes down restrictive rule

Location:
Seattle, WA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Seattle City Council unanimously removed a rule that put heavy restrictions on companies that wanted to implement fiber broadband access in the city.

How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

Location:
Brooklyn, NY, United States
Recommendation:
1

In a highly unscientific but delicious experiment, 380 New Yorkers gave up sensitive personal information -- from fingerprints to partial Social Security numbers -- for a cookie.

Vast majority of iPhone 6 buyers are rich, white men

Recommendation:
1

Nearly 80% of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus buyers in the United States are male, according to Slice, a company that tracks consumer purchases. Two-thirds of iPhone 6 owners are white, and more than half have a college degree. More than 60% make over $75,000 a year.

Offline and falling behind: Barriers to Internet adoption

Location:
McKinsey, 555 California Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States
Recommendation:
2

Not all countries have harnessed the Internet’s benefits to the same degree.

Debate Brews Over Disclosing Warrantless Spying

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

Obama Administration lawyers have been debating whether the Treasury Department must inform the people or groups it lists as foreign terrorists when it relies on warrantless surveillance as the basis for the designation, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.

More Cable Companies Take TV Off Menu

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A growing group of small cable-TV providers are realizing that both they and their customers can live without expensive TV channels.

MTV, ABC Family Get High Marks for Diversity From GLAAD -- A&E, Not So Much

Location:
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), 5455 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90036, United States
Recommendation:
1

GLAAD released its annual Network Responsibility Index, which rates LGBT content on networks during the 2013-2014 season.

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