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The Last Smash and Grab at the Federal Communications Commission

The Last Smash and Grab at the Federal Communications Commission

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItAT&T and Verizon secured arguably one of the biggest regulatory benefits from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the agency ending the last remnants of telecom competition law. In return for this massive gift from the federal government, they will give the public absolutely nothing. A Little Bit of Telecom History When the Department of Justice successfully broke up the AT&T monopoly into regional companies, it needed Congress to pass a law to open up the regional companies (known as Incumbent Local...

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California Is Putting Together A Broadband Plan. We Have Thoughts.

California Is Putting Together A Broadband Plan. We Have Thoughts.

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare It Share ItThe long-awaited [pdf] by the House Judiciary Committee staff on Big Tech’s monopoly power hits all the right notes—and just a few wrong ones. Following a year of hearings and research, the staff of the Subcommittee on Antitrust found that Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple all...The early 1980s were a period of tremendous foment and excitement for tech. In the four years between 1980 and 1984, Americans met: The Vic-20 (1980); The Commodore 64 (1981); The IBM PC (1982); and (1984) But no matter how...

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Oct 16
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California Governor Newsom's Broadband Plan Lays Important Foundation and Opens Possibilities

California Governor Newsom's Broadband Plan Lays Important Foundation and Opens Possibilities

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItTwo bills before the California legislature in its final month of session, S.B. 1130 and A.B. 570, chart very different courses for the state’s broadband infrastructure program. In considering them, the state faces a fundamental question about how to invest its money: in modern, high-capacity fiber networks, or slow wireless...It’s not enough to say that the Internet is built on interoperability. The Internet is interoperability. Billions of machines around the world use the same set of open protocols—like...

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Californians, Sacramento Needs Your Voice on the State's Broadband Future

Californians, Sacramento Needs Your Voice on the State's Broadband Future

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItSB 1130 Charts a Course to Equality of Access and Ending Decades of Neglect for Communities that Major ISPs Have Ignored AB 570 Funds the Wrong Infrastructure in the Wrong Century and Leaves Too Many Behind. But This Can Be Fixed.nothingWe Can All be Winners, Especially California Residents, if the Legislature Fixes What’s Wrong with AB 570type whoShare ItIt’s not enough to say that the Internet is built on interoperability. The Internet is interoperability. Billions of machines around the world use the same set of...

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California Legislator Introduces Anti-Rural Fiber Legislation That Prioritizes DSL

California Legislator Introduces Anti-Rural Fiber Legislation That Prioritizes DSL

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItCA: Tell Your Lawmakers to Oppose Anti-Rural Fiber LegislationprioritizeShare ItIt’s not enough to say that the Internet is built on interoperability. The Internet is interoperability. Billions of machines around the world use the same set of open protocols—like TCP/IP, HTTP, and TLS—to talk to one another. The first Internet-connected devices were only possible because phone lines provided interoperable communication...Definitions matter. Especially when those definitions come from the federal government. In the...

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Jul 28
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The American Federal Definition of Broadband Is Both Useless and Harmful

The American Federal Definition of Broadband Is Both Useless and Harmful

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare It"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." -President George W Bush Anti-monopoly enforcement has seen a significant shift since the 1970s. Where...EFF Legal Intern Rachel Sommers contributed to this post. When Google announced its intention to buy Fitbit in April, . Google, a notoriously data-hungry company with a track record of reneging on its privacy policies, was about to...

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Jul 17
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The House Has a Universal Fiber Broadband Plan We Should Get Behind

The House Has a Universal Fiber Broadband Plan We Should Get Behind

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItAmerica is behind on its transition to a 21st-century, fiber-connected Internet with no plan for how to fix the problem. Until today. For the first time, legislation led by Majority Whip James Clyburn would begin a national transition of everyone’s Internet connection into multi-gigabit capable fiber optics has been introduced and is likely heading towards a vote on the House floor as part of the overall COVID-19 recovery effort. After that its future remains in the hands of the Senate. Share ItKeeping the internet...

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Jun 24
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Why Slow Networks Really Cost More Than Fiber

Why Slow Networks Really Cost More Than Fiber

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItA myth often pushed by incumbents who want to forestall universal fiber is that there is a high “cost” of fiber and cheaper alternatives. They’ll point to figures that for example show that a fiber-to-the home approach costs several thousands of dollars per household,  when upgrading the copper DSL line or cable line can be done at a fraction of the price. They then use this argument for “cheaper” networks to advocate that government subsidies and public investments make a short-sighted focus on building networks...

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Trump’s Executive Order Seeks To Have FCC Regulate Platforms. Here’s Why It Won’t Happen

Trump’s Executive Order Seeks To Have FCC Regulate Platforms. Here’s Why It Won’t Happen

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItThis is one of a series of blog posts about President Trump's May 28 Executive Order. Other posts are and .The inaptly named seeks to insert the federal government into private Internet speech in several ways. In particular...This is one of a series of blog posts about President Trump's May 28 Executive Order. Other posts can be found , and .The inaptly named (EO) seeks to insert the federal government into private Internet...This is one of a series of blog posts about President Trump's May 28 Executive...

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The House Passed Legislation to Keep People Online Despite COVID-19, And the Senate Should Follow

The House Passed Legislation to Keep People Online Despite COVID-19, And the Senate Should Follow

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItThere's a dirty secret in the incredible growth of Silicon Valley's tech giants: it's a cheat. Historically, US antitrust regulators would be deeply concerned about mergers with major competitors in concentrated markets ("mergers to monopoly") and acquisitions of small companies to neutralize future competitive threats ("catch and kill"). And while...Our friends and right to repair leaders at iFixit are can-do people. If they see a need they can fill, they step up to do it – even if that need is massive....

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May 18
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House Legislation Guarantees Internet Access for Those Affected by COVID-19

House Legislation Guarantees Internet Access for Those Affected by COVID-19

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItCompanies and governments across the world are building and deploying a dizzying number of systems and apps to fight COVID-19. Many groups have converged on using Bluetooth-assisted proximity tracking for the purpose of . Even so, there are many ways to approach the problem, and dozens of proposals...This blog post with co-authored with of , a Santa Clara Principles partner. As COVID-19 has spread around the world and online platforms have scrambled to adjust their operations and workforces to a new...

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Katharine Trendacosta
May 13
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Frontier’s Bankruptcy Reveals Why Big ISPs Choose to Deny Fiber to So Much of America

Frontier’s Bankruptcy Reveals Why Big ISPs Choose to Deny Fiber to So Much of America

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEven before it announced that it would seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Frontier had a well-deserved reputation for mismanagement and abusive conduct. In an industry that routinely enrages its customers, Frontier was the , an and of the industry's and . As Frontier’s bankruptcy has shown, there was no good reason they—and all old big Internet service providers—couldn’t provide blazing-fast fiber on par with services in South Korea and Japan.Frontier's bankruptcy announcement forced the company to its finances, past...

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Ernesto Falcon
Apr 30
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California Legislator Introduces Fiber Broadband for All Bill

California Legislator Introduces Fiber Broadband for All Bill

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItSenator Lena Gonzalez has , which would allow the California state government to actively promote the transition of the state’s legacy communications infrastructure into a multi-gigabit fiber network that is competitive, affordable, and available to all residents lacking high-speed access. It does so by reforming the current California Advanced Services Fund (CASF): raising the fund's minimum standards of what constitutes being “served” by broadband, requiring that any broadband network funded by the state to be...

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New York State Legislator Introduces a Very Bad “Net Neutrality” Bill

New York State Legislator Introduces a Very Bad “Net Neutrality” Bill

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIn 2018, California established the of what states should be doing on net neutrality by passing a model law for other states to copy. So, naturally, that makes the job of any legislator truly interested in protecting net neutrality pretty easy: just copy and paste. But that did not happen in New York’s state legislature this week. State Senator Kevin Parker, the Senate Telecommunications Chairman, has instead introduced legislation that not only ignores critical net neutrality issues such as zero rating, but it...

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Mar 12
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Coalition Asks California's Governor Newsom to Support Fiber Broadband for All

Coalition Asks California's Governor Newsom to Support Fiber Broadband for All

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe Electronic Frontier Foundation recently joined several California-based ISPs, tech companies, non-profits, and local governments to commend Governor Newsom for adopting a “Broadband for All” vision. But simply saying “broadband” without a clear eye towards the future risks having government policies adopt infrastructure plans that work in the short run, but fall woefully behind as the demand for data continues to increase. In order to ensure California’s Broadband for All plan is future-proofed, the coalition...

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