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Earl Gregg Swem Library

In the Matter of Restoring Internet Freedom

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

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

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

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

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


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

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.


2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Annual report on U.S. view of human rights conditions in 199 other countries.  Click on regions of the world from left frame.  From the State Department


Order on Reconsideration in the Matter of Telecommunications Carriers Eligible for Universal Service Support …

Categories: Telecommunications/Internet

Reverses previous orders of the Commission that designated certain broadband providers to serve low income communities as Lifeline Broadband Providers (LBPs) and receive Lifeline reimbursement.  From the Federal Communications Commission


Walt Whitman Papers in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection

Categories: Homeland Security,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Aims to provide a high level overview of information security principles and detailed descriptions of “security control families.”  Includes sections on information security elements, threats and vulnerabilities, and information security policy.  From the National Institute of Standards and Technology


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