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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Can Public Investment in Freight Rail Deliver the Goods?

Categories: Telecommunications/Internet,Virginia Issues

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202008%20Vol.%2084%20No.%202.pdf

Proposes the creation of a Virginia rail authority similar to the port authority to bolster freight railroad transportation within the state and reduce long-haul truck traffic on the highways. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

H.R.2884, Covfefe Act of 2017

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2884?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr2884%22%5D%7D&r=1

Introduced by Mike Quigley, a Congressman from Illinois, the bill would require the preservation of a president’s social media accounts. From Congress.gov

 

E-Stats 2015: Measuring the Electronic Economy

Categories: Business/Economics,Manufacturing,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2017/econ/e15-estats.pdf

Provides estimates of e-commerce activity in key sectors of the U.S. economy for 2015, revises earlier estimates, and places these estimates in historical context.  Covers manufacturing, wholesale, retail, and services sectors of the economy.  From the Census Bureau

 

In the Matter of Restoring Internet Freedom

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://web.archive.org/web/20170524013725/https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-17-60A1.pdf

Notice of proposed agency rulemaking which would undo the so-called net neutrality rules for Internet providers.  The proposal, published for public comment, would eliminate the public utility-type regulations for Internet providers approved by the Commission in 2015.  From the Federal Communications Commission

 

Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, July-December 2016

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless201705.pdf

The second half of 2016 marked the first time that a majority of American homes had only wireless telephones.  Preliminary results from the survey indicated that 50.8% of American homes did not have a landline telephone.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

The Net Neutrality Debate: Access to Broadband Networks

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40616.pdf

Reviews the controversy surrounding efforts to create regulations that would place restrictions on corporate owners of the networks that provide access to the Internet to ensure equal access and nondiscriminatory treatment.  Regulations adopted in 2015 would make Internet networks subject to more regulations but representatives of the Trump administration are opting for less regulation.  The report reviews FCC and Congressional activity on the matter.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

S.J. Res. 34: A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval … of the Rule Submitted by the Federal Communications Commission Relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.”

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/34

One of a series of measures passed by Congress to overturn regulations established during the last year of the Obama administration, this one does away with requiring Internet service providers to get the consent of subscribers before selling their confidential information such as sites visited to other entities.  From Congress.gov

 

Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide: Recommendations for Action: Bridging the Gender Gap in Internet and Broadband Access and Use

Categories: Telecommunications/Internet,United Nations,Women

http://broadbandcommission.org/Documents/publications/WorkingGroupDigitalGenderDivide-report2017.pdf

Offers recommendations for overcoming the barriers for women and girls, especially in lesser developed countries, to access and use of the Internet.  Also reviews current data on the digital gender gap and summarizes the reasons why access is important for womens’ empowerment.

 

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