Telecom & Technology

Brief: Methodology for Identifying and Addressing Urban Areas with Low Broadband Adoption

  • By
  • Greta Byrum,
  • Joshua Breitbart,
  • Georgia Bullen,
  • New America Foundation
March 13, 2014
This brief describes the different phases of research to prepare for planning and managing broadband interventions at various scales. Using this guide, researchers can compile geospatial broadband profiles including environmental and demographic data, local community assets, and available technical infrastructure.

This Week: "Transparency Reporting for Beginners" in San Francisco and Austin

March 3, 2014

This afternoon in San Francisco at the Internet and human rights conference Rightscon, OTI's policy director Kevin Bankston will be appearing on the panel "Transparency Reporting for Beginners", with a repeat performance on Friday at the SXSW interactive media conference in Austin, Texas.

Connected Communities in an Age of Digital Learning

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Sarah Morris,
  • Lindsey Tepe,
  • New America Foundation
February 26, 2014
​The need to upgrade America’s Internet infrastructure to support innovative digital learning tools and services has never been greater. In the past year, members of Congress, Federal Communications Commissioners, and President Obama have all recognized the issue, publicly calling for an expansion of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) E-rate program to provide next-generation Internet connectivity to schools and libraries across the country.

US Government Clarifies Tech Authorizations under Iranian Sanctions

February 12, 2014

In complex sanctions regulations, a couple of words can make all the difference. That’s why, when the U.S. government made a few alterations and inserted additional explanatory language into a personal communications authorization last week, it took important steps to advance freedom of expression in Iran.

Next-Generation Connectivity for Schools and Libraries: What’s the word on E-rate and ConnectED?

February 5, 2014

Education technology advocates have gotten a big boost from President Obama in the past week.

OTI Signs Letter to FCC to Reclassify Broadband

January 30, 2014
Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) joined over 80 public interest, social justice, and grassroots advocacy groups in asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify broadband service under Title II of the 1996 Communications Act.

Spectrum for Democracy: Special Issue of the Journal of Information Policy

January 3, 2014

The impact of communication technology, new media tools, and government censorship on free speech and democratic discourse has come into much greater focus since the 2011 Arab Spring. But the topic of reforming spectrum allocation and regulation—which could dramatically improve access to both traditional and new media—remains one of the least discussed policy areas.

Reply Comments on E-rate Modernization

November 8, 2013
The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program submitted joint reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regard to modernizing the E-Rate program.

The Cost of Connectivity 2013

  • By
  • Hibah Hussain,
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Patrick Lucey,
  • Nick Russo,
  • New America Foundation
October 28, 2013

Data Summary

Last year, the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute published The Cost of Connectivity, a first-of-its-kind study of the cost of consum

Pervasive surveillance, individual freedoms, and collective justice

October 18, 2013

The problem of pervasive surveillance technologies drums up passionate defenses of individual freedom and civil liberties, but what about collective rights?

Organizers on the frontlines of social justice battles–from immigrant rights to criminal justice, from economic justice to communication rights–met on September 27, 2013, at the New America Foundation (NAF) in Washington, DC, to dig into this question during a private roundtable gathering cohosted by NAF’s Open Technology Institute and the Center for Media Justice.

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