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Legislative Analysis

Legislative Analysis

California Governor Newsom's Broadband Plan Lays Important Foundation and Opens Possibilities

On August 14, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to establish a state goal of 100 mbps download speeds for all Californians, citing the 2 million Californians who lack access to high-speed broadband today. This announcement is significant, as it firmly illustrates that the state of California...

Californians, Sacramento Needs Your Voice on the State's Broadband Future

Two bills before the California legislature in its final month of session, S.B. 1130 and A.B. 570, chart very different courses for the state’s broadband infrastructure program. In considering them, the state faces a fundamental question about how to invest its money: in modern, high-capacity fiber networks, or slow wireless...

The American Federal Definition of Broadband Is Both Useless and Harmful

Definitions matter. Especially when those definitions come from the federal government. In the case of “broadband,” the definition set by the federal government creates our standard of Internet living. Depressingly, the American government’s definition means ISPs get away with offering very poor levels of “broadband.”The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is...

5 Serious Flaws in the New Brazilian “Fake News” Bill that Will Undermine Human Rights [UPDATED]

Update: On Tuesday night (6/30), the Brazilian Senate approved the “PLS 2630/2020”, the so-called “Fake News” bill. A final amendment cut back on article 7 “Account Registration” so that mandatory identification no longer applies to all users and is, in principle, optional in general. Under the revised text, companies...

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The House Passed Legislation to Keep People Online Despite COVID-19, And the Senate Should Follow

The just-passed HEROES Act is a massive relief package designed to alleviate the harm of a massive crisis. In it is the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, which would make it easier for Americans affected by COVID-19 to stay connected to the Internet. As the Senate takes up this legislation, it...

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Why Cable Companies Oppose California's Universal Fiber Effort (SB 1130)

More than a million people in California's rural regions and neglected low-income neighborhoods lack broadband access to handle the social distancing needs of COVID-19 and state law prevents the government from financing an upgrade for them. In response, Senator Lena Gonazalez introduced S.B. 1130 to amend the state’s limited Internet...

House Legislation Guarantees Internet Access for Those Affected by COVID-19

The House of Representatives has introduced new COVID-19 emergency response legislation to address the largest public health and economic calamity the United States has faced in generations. Like the crisis it is meant to address, the bill is massive. One provision deserves particular attention: guaranteeing free Internet access if...

California Legislator Introduces Fiber Broadband for All Bill

Senator Lena Gonzalez has introduced legislation (SB 1130), which would allow the California state government to actively promote the transition of the state’s legacy communications infrastructure into a multi-gigabit fiber network that is competitive, affordable, and available to all residents lacking high-speed access. It does so by reforming the...

Social Distancing, The Digital Divide, and Fixing This Going Forward

Social distancing, work from home, shelter in place—these are all strategies employed in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Americans who have jobs allowing them to engage in social distancing are very dependent on their Internet connection. That dependence is only going to grow as time goes on. As parents depend...

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