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Focused Comments on E-Rate Modernization

April 7, 2014

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.

OTI to White House: Internet Surveillance is the Biggest "Big Data" Issue of All

April 4, 2014

Today, New America's Open Technology Institute submitted comments to the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, the office that's been charged by the President with leading a 90-day review of the implications of "big data" for privacy, the economy, and public policy.

Comments on the Open Internet Remand

March 24, 2014

Below is an excerpt of the Open Technology Institute's comments to the Federal Communications Commission in the matter of the Open Internet Remand. To download the full comments in PDF form, click here. To view the comments on the FCC's website, click here.

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.

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