Telecom & Technology

The FCC must protect against further consolidation and preserve the open Internet we know and love

September 5, 2014

As a consumer of communications services, you’re undoubtedly concerned about monthly fees that seem to constantly creep upward; about the quality of the programming in your cable package or the consistency of your Internet connection; and about your ability to both communicate with users around the world and access all of the amazing content the Internet has to offer.

OTI advocates for local broadband networks by submitting comments and joining a coalition

September 2, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been busy lately. In addition to reviewing comments about important issues like network neutrality, the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, and spectrum auctions, the FCC has also invited comments on two petitions that, if approved, could help pave the wave for more local broadband networks across the country.

Comments on Municipal Broadband Petitions

August 29, 2014
The Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Petitions Pursuant to Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 for Removal of State Barriers to Broadband Investment and Competition. Read full text of the comments here [pdf]

OTI Urges FTC to Address Effects of Big Data Technologies on Underserved Communities

August 20, 2014

Last week, New America’s Open Technology Institute urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to confront the challenges of determining the effects of big data technologies on underserved communities.

OTI submits Reply Comments in latest round of Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service proceeding

August 19, 2014

On Friday OTI joined with Public Knowledge, Common Cause, and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in submitting reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the effort to establish a Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service in the 3.5 GHz band of spectrum.

Reply Comments on 3.5 GHz Citizen Broadband Radio Service

August 15, 2014
The Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation joined Public Knowledge, Common Cause, and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the Commission's rules on Licensing Models and Technical Requirements in the 3550-3650 MHz Band. Read full text of comments here [pdf]

President Obama comes out in favor of strong open Internet rules

August 15, 2014

Last week, President Obama made it clear that he supports an open Internet and would be opposed to a system where discrimination that favors “big wealthy media companies” is the norm.

Privacy Groups Submit Comments to the NTIA on Metadata Privacy Protections

August 6, 2014

Yesterday, OTI joined a coalition of public interest organizations, including Public Knowledge, Common Cause, and Free Press in submitting comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on the importance of strong legal protections for telecommunications metadata.

Surveillance Costs: The NSA's Impact on the Economy, Internet Freedom & Cybersecurity

  • By
  • Danielle Kehl,
  • Kevin Bankston,
  • Robyn Greene,
  • Robert Morgus,
  • New America Foundation
July 29, 2014

It has been over a year since The Guardian reported the first story on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs based on the leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, yet the national conversation remains largely mired in a simplistic debate over the tradeoffs between national security and individual privacy. It is time to start weighing the overall costs and benefits more broadly.

Comments on Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

July 17, 2014

The following is the executive summary of the comments. Download a PDF of the full comments here.

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