Telecom & Technology

Comments on E-Rate Modernization

September 16, 2013

The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute and Education Policy Program submitted joint comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regard to modernizing the E-Rate program. Read the full comments (pdf) here.

Analysis of Siting and Spatial Distribution of Public Computer Centers in Philadelphia

September 4, 2013

In 2011 and 2012, the Open Technology Institute (OTI) at the New America Foundation collaborated with Azavea, a geospatial technology firm in Philadelphia, to develop a methodology for identifying areas of low broadband adoption and evaluating the accessibility of public computer centers. This work was part of OTI’s evaluation activities for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Project-funded Philadelphia Freedom Rings Partnership.

Dialing Down Risks: Mobile Privacy and Information Security in Global Development Projects

  • By
  • Hibah Hussain,
  • New America Foundation
August 22, 2013

Over the past decade, mobile phones have become increasingly prominent features of global development projects. Aiming to spur social and economic development in the Global South, a variety of international organizations and nonprofits have invested heavily in mobile-centric projects to address challenges in public health, financial inclusion, transparent governance, and more.

Reply Comments on 3550 MHz Proceedings

  • and Sean Vitka
April 5, 2013

The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute joined the Consumer Federation of America, Public Knowledge, and Free Press in submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on an amendment of the Commission's rules with regard to commercial operation within the 3550 - 3650 MHz band.

Despite the Risks: Guest Post from Tibetan Action Institute

August 5, 2013

The increased connectivity afforded by the spread of cheaper smartphones and 3G networks has also enabled governments to conduct greater digital surveillance. For targeted communities, communicating insecurely can be extremely risky. In this blog post, the second in our series on community technology, Lobsang Gyatso Sither of Tibet Action Institute talks about the problematic adoption of WeChat.

OTI's Red Hook Digital Stewards Bring Internet Access to New York City Housing Authority Facility

July 30, 2013


Tiwan Burrus (RHI) and Katherine Ortiz (RHI) attaching a PicoStation to a roof mount.

A 20-computer public computer center hosted at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Miccio Recreation Center now has Internet access following a day of installations by young adults trained by the Open Technology Institute (OTI), the Red Hook Initiative (RHI) and Brooklyn Fiber. Five Red Hook “Digital Stewards,” young adults engaged in a New York City workforce development effort, installed 6 new wireless routers into the Red Hook WiFi network in the beginning of July 2013. The Stewards connected two new partner institutions to RHI’s existing Red Hook Network with these installations - adding a local school and the NYCHA Miccio Recreation Center to a set of partners including churches, local residents and the Red Hook Initiative’s building. The public areas surrounding these buildings now have access to the Internet as well as local applications running on the neighborhood website.

Reply Comments on Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) Devices in the 5 GHz Band

July 26, 2013

The New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute joined Public Knowledge in submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding unlicensed access in the 5 GHz band. Read the full text of the comments (pdf) here.

Mountain-top repeaters and solar-powered Wi-Fi: Guest Post from Nepal Wireless

July 24, 2013

The Open Technology Institute convened over a dozen community technologists from across India and Nepal for the first international Commotion Wireless workshop in June. Over the next several weeks, we will be highlighting their innovative grassroots community technology projects on our blog.

OTI at the 2013 Allied Media Conference

July 22, 2013
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The Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation has participated in the Allied Media Conference each year since 2009, deepening our involvement each time. This year’s Allied Media Conference (AMC) – the 15th annual, held June 20-23, 2013, in Detroit, Michigan – was no exception. OTI:

An Alternative to E-Rate 2.0: Another FCC Commissioner’s Vision for Restructuring the Schools and Libraries Program

July 22, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is gearing up for a monumental task: revamping the E-Rate program, which subsidizes broadband connectivity to connect schools and libraries across the US. As the rulemaking process gets underway, various stakeholders (including two FCC Commissioners) have laid out their own proposals, which differ widely in two key areas: funding and establishing national targets for connectivity.

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