‘What’s Hot’ List: 9/19/14

AT&T’s fascinating third-way proposal on net neutrality (The Washington Post’s Switch Blog, 09/15/2014) Imagine an Internet with fast lanes that you — not your cable company — controlled. That’s what AT&T is proposing to the Federal Communications Commission in an attempt to bridge the gap between regulation-wary industry groups and net neutrality advocates who want strong government protections for the open Internet.

Freedom to innovate key to Internet future (USA Today, 9/16/2014) For anyone born after 1985, the idea of connecting with a relative on FaceTime, Skyping a friend traveling abroad or discussing a Halo mission with friends over a headset in real time is second nature. But it’s equally true that these services might never have come to pass without significant efforts over a decade ago by many in the Internet community to keep government regulators at bay as they actively considered how to regulate one of the forerunners of these technologies — a novel Internet-based communications service called Free World Dial-up (FWD).

Auction Season at the FCC (Official FCC Blog, 09/15/2014) Preparations for the AWS-3 auction are ramping up. Applications must be submitted before 6pm ET today. The auction begins on November 13. Several government agencies have worked hard to make substantial information available to potential bidders in advance of this auction about the scope of coordination that will be required with these federal incumbent users of the band. Wednesday, we announced the release by NTIA of a new Workbook and Workbook Information File, prepared by the Department of Defense (DoD). DoD developed the Workbook to provide guidance to potential bidders about their obligation to coordinate with DoD systems in 1755-1780 MHz. This release is unprecedented in terms of the scope and granularity of government data provided to help applicants prepare for an auction. The Wireless Bureau strongly encourages all applicants to delve into this important resource.

The Word From Wheeler; In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview, the FCC chairman weighs in on net neutrality, sports telecast blackout rules and the upcoming spectrum incentive auction (Broadcasting & Cable, 09/13/2014) Were you surprised by the blowback online to your Sec. 706 proposal for re-crafting net neutrality rules? 
We have put ideas out there and we are looking at all the feedback on that now and we are obviously looking forward to the round-tables that are going to take place in the next couple of weeks. We’ll be seeing where things go after that. 
Are you still targeting the end of the year for a new Open Internet order?

Google Report Shows Governments’ Increasing Demands for Users’ Data (New York Times, Bits blog, 9/15/2014) Governments of all sizes are demanding that Google hand over growing troves of data about its users, according to the Internet giant’s latest transparency report. The report is a tally of all the times a government has used its legal authority to demand that Google hand over internal data about the people who use Google products like Gmail, YouTube or its namesake search engine.

“Analog Thinking” for Digital Policy Making (Brookings, Tech Talk blog, 9/16/2014) Important issues of digital policy face the FCC in the coming months following yesterday’s deadline for reply comments in a high-profile rulemaking. The proceeding, which has attained an unusual amount of national attention, concerns the Commission’s rationale and legal authority to regulate various relationships between broadband network operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

NCTA: Title II is the “Un’ Answer (Multichannel News, 9/15/2014) The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said that anticompetitive paid prioritization would create Internet fast and slow lanes, but that the FCC’s proposed approach to restoring net neutrality rules would prevent that from happening. By contrast, NCTA tells the FCC in its latest round of comments on new Open Internet rules, a change to a Title II approach would be “Unlawful, unnecessary, and profoundly unwise.”