• On August 5, 2011, the FCC announced the winners of the Open Internet App Challenge which invited “researchers and software developers to engage in research and create apps that help consumers foster, measure, and protect Internet openness.” The winners developed software designed to measure mobile broadband performance, detect traffic discrimination or “shaping” by Internet Service Providers, and evaluate the functionality of Internet connectivity. More information can be found here. Chairman Genachowski’s remarks on the awards are available here.
  • Chairman Genachowski has announced his five-step action plan for deploying next-generation 911 (NG911) service. Noting that “It’s hard to imagine that airlines can send text messages if your flight is delayed, but you can’t send a 9-1-1 text message in an emergency,” he described his plan to work with carriers, manufacturers, and the public safety community to establish cost-effective, standardized methods for enabling consumers to send texts, photos, and video to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). For more information, click here.
  • The next Open Meeting of the FCC will be September 22, 2011, at 10:30 am Eastern. We will publish the Tentative Agenda when it is released. For more information, click here.
  • The FCC is seeking nominations for persons to serve on the Open Internet Advisory Group which was created by the Open Internet Order adopted in December 2010. Nominations are due September 1, 2011. For more information, click here.