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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Broadband Coverage in Europe 2015

Categories: European Union,Science/Technology,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

Examines the progress in 31 European countries of specific broadband coverage objectives and analyzes the availability of nine broadband technologies across each country at national and rural levels.  From Eurostat



Chairman Wheeler’s Proposal to Promote Fairness, Competition, and Investment in the Business Data Services Market

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

Proposal that would promote competition in the telecommunications industry by revising regulatory environment.  Calls for lowering price caps and changing policies on sharing of sensitive customer data by telecom companies.  Represents a revision of an earlier proposal.  From the Federal Communications Commission


Request for Information Regarding Data Portability

Categories: Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Asks for responses on the benefits and drawbacks of increased data portability, the types of data that would most benefit, best practices in implementing it, and the specific steps that government, industry, and associations might take to foster it.  From the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


The Open Government Partnership: Announcing New Open Government Initiatives

Categories: Foreign Assistance,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt Procurement,Telecommunications/Internet

Announces several new initiatives to those already introduced with the Third Open Government National Action Plan in October 2015.  Among the new initiatives: supporting global Internet connectivity, open contracting, harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development, and promoting greater transparency in delivery of foreign assistance.  From the White House, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.


The State of Broadband 2016: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet,United Nations

Latest global snapshot of broadband network access and affordability with country  by country data measuring access against key targets.  Finds that just 6 populous countries account for 55% of those not connected to the Internet.  From the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development


The OPM Data Breach: How the Government Jeopardized Our National Security for More Than a Generation

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Homeland Security,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

Committee staff report on the hacking of Office of Personnel Management data bases by foreign sources in 2015.  The report blames the agency for failing to heed repeated warnings about inadequate security and for misleading the public on the extent of the damage.  From the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform


FBI Releases Documents in Hillary Clinton E-Mail Investigation

Press release announcing public availability of the summary of Hillary Clinton’s July 2016 interview with FBI officials concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored/transmitted on a personal e-mail server.  Also includes a factual summary of the FBI investigation.  Contains links to text of documents in FBI’s Vault site. The documents released for public viewing represent only a portion of the material turned over to congressional committees. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


Mapping Broadband Health in America

Categories: Health/Medical,Maps/Geography,Telecommunications/Internet

Allows users to visualize, overlay, and analyze the relationship between broadband connectivity and health data in the U.S.  Allows for detailed study of the intersection between Internet connectivity and health for every county in the U.S.  From the Federal Communications Commission


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