November 18, 2015 - Earlier this month, Cox Communications agreed to pay $595,000 and enter into a seven-year consent decree with the FCC to settle a case involving a hack that exposed the data of 61 Cox customers. This was the FCC's first privacy and data security enforcement action against a cable operator and is likely to reinforce concerns about the FCC's new authority.
October 20, 2015 - Earlier this month, House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) took aim at the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposal to extend a longstanding cable regulatory regime to new Internet streaming services. When the senior Democrat on the committee criticizes a major proposal from the Democratic-controlled FCC, it is news. Presumably, the FCC is listening.
September 25, 2015 - Many have feared that unlicensed spectrum would suffer from a "tragedy of the commons," in which the spectrum becomes congested as more users dive in without regard to their effects on other users. Engineers and others have worked hard to prevent that outcome.
September 22, 2015 - The continued growth of wireless broadband depends in large part on the availability of spectrum. A recent study estimates that by 2019 the U.S. will need more than 350 additional megahertz of licensed spectrum to support projected commercial mobile wireless demand - 50% more than is currently available.
September 9, 2015 - The Technology Policy Institute's 2016 Aspen Forum will be held August 21 - 23 at the St. Regis Aspen Resort in Aspen, Colorado.