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The 2014 Allied Media Conference MagicNet: Third Time’s the Charm

July 21, 2014
Pair of network installers

OTI works with Digital Stewards to construct this year’s conference-wide network.

At the 2014 Allied Media Conference, the Open Technology Institute partnered with the Detroit Digital Stewards to construct the conference-wide mesh network, MagicNet. This network provides a basic wireless connection to the Internet, as well as a platform for local applications and services for conference attendees. In previous years, OTI has led the MagicNet planning and construction as a training exercise for Digital Stewards from both Detroit and Red Hook, Brooklyn. This year, the newest round of Detroit Stewards led the process with minimal assistance from Open Technology Institute staff.

Sharp Divide Seen in Net Neutrality Comments on Rules for Mobile Broadband | Communications Daily

July 21, 2014
Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, said in a news release the revised rules should not treat wireless and wireless differently. “The FCC must not create two different Internets, one wireline and open, the other wireless and closed,” Calabrese said Thursday. “Individuals will increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices that will connect to the Internet over a variety of fixed and mobile carrier networks de- pending on location, need and cost.”

Net Neutrality a Key Battleground in Growing fight over Encryption, Activists Say | PCWorld

July 18, 2014
Activists and tech companies fended off efforts in the U.S. in the 1990s to ban Internet encryption or give the government ways around it, but an even bigger battle over cryptography is brewing now, according to Sascha Meinrath, director of X-Lab, a digital civil-rights think tank launched earlier this year. One of the most contested issues in that battle will be net neutrality, Meinrath said.

OTI and Benton Foundation Argue for Strong Open Internet Protections Under Title II Authority | Benton Foundation

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • New America Foundation
July 18, 2014 |
Over the past few months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received over a million net neutrality comments—a reflection of the broad and vocal interest around the country in the debate over the best path forward for strong open Internet protections. Yesterday, New America’s Open Technology Institute added our voice to the conversation, filing joint comments with the Benton Foundation in the Open Internet docket.

House Vote Threatens Local Broadband Initiatives

July 18, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a lot on its plate right now.

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