• On May 16, 2011, the White House released the United States' first-ever International Strategy for Cyberspace, a paper that explains "what the U.S. stands for internationally in cyberspace, and how we plan to build prosperity, enhance security, and safeguard openness in our increasingly networked world," according to White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard A. Schmidt. To view a press statement about the paper, click here. To view the paper, click here.
  • On May 17, 2011, Sandvine, "a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators," released a report titled "Global Internet Phenomena Report: Spring 2011." The report found that Netflix is the "largest source of Internet traffic," comprising 29.7% of peak downstream traffic, and has overtaken BitTorrent in that regard. It also found that "Real-Time Entertainment applications consume 49.2% of peak aggregate traffic, up from 29.5% in 2009 – a 60% increase." Sandvine forecasts in its report that "the Real-Time Entertainment category will represent 55-60% of peak aggregate traffic by the end of 2011." 'Real-Time Entertainment' is defined as "Applications and protocols that allow 'on-demand' entertainment that is consumed (viewed or heard) as it arrives." A summary of the report is available here. The report itself can be found here.
  • On May 19, 2011, Chairman Genachowski spoke at the Telecommunications Industry Association Inside the Network policy forum in Dallas, Texas. He emphasized the need for incentive auctions to fight the looming spectrum crunch and praised TIA members who had urged Congress to pass legislation authorizing the auctions. He also praised companies that are developing technologies like femtocells that will help relieve the spectrum crunch. The Chairman highlighted Google’s efforts to build a high-speed network in Kansas City, Kansas, but stated that the nation needs "20, 30, 40 of these community innovation test beds." Chairman Genachowski’s speech is available 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.