• It was reported that the FCC Open Internet Rules have been approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget, which is an important step toward its publication in the Federal Register. Publication now could occur in the next few weeks. Once the Rules are published, parties will have 60 days to appeal them in a federal Court of Appeals. Verizon and MetroPCS filed challenges shortly after the rules were voted on by the FCC in December 2010, but the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed the challenges as premature.
  • The deadline for submissions to the “Apps for Communities” challenge has been extended to October 3, 2011. The challenge is a joint initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the FCC aimed toward increasing Internet accessibility for underserved populations. It offers up to $100,000 in prizes to the winning developers. Contest judges include Marc Andreessen, Mayor Cory Booker, Charles Best, and Tom Lee. More information is available here.
  • Nominations for the FCC Open Internet Advisory are due October 1, 2011. For more information, click here.
  • Reply Comments on the FCC Notice of Inquiry (NOI) for next year’s “section 706” report are due October 4, 2011. To view the NOI, click here.