• On March 7, 2011, FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker spoke the American Bar Association’s panel discussion on the FCC’s Open Internet Order, criticizing the order as exceeding the agency’s authority. Commissioner Baker suggested that, instead of the Open Internet rules that were adopted, better spectrum policies would have been a better use of FCC authority and would have ensured that wireless broadband could become an effective competitor to wireline broadband.
  • On March 9, 2011, the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women released a report titled “Winning the Future: A Policy Framework for Empowering Women with Broadband” that focuses on how broadband access will impact women. Citing a lack of specific focus on women in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, the report highlights “how women are using this technology to enhance family life, improve health outcomes, bolster their family’s education, and pursue additional economic opportunities.” The report makes many recommendations, including enhancing digital literacy through local, state, and federal programs, developing mobile broadband networks to serve as the backbone for health IT tools, and ensuring more broadband access and availability. The report may be found here.
  • The submission deadline for the FCC Open Internet Challenge is June 1, 2011. The FCC seeks ideas for monitoring Internet providers’ compliance with the Open Internet rules. The winner will get a trip to Washington, DC and will be honored at an FCC Chairman’s reception. More information can be found here.