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Daily Archives: February 6, 2017

FCC Chairman rescinds policies and rulemaking to expand Internet service to low income households

“Last Friday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai rescinded close to a dozen policies of the FCC, including rulemakings on expanding the program providing Internet service to low income households, rulings on several TV stations’ violations of political file rules and further restricting TV shared services and joint sales agreements. Chairman Pai also announced the end of the Commission’s probe into the controversial wireless “zero rating” data plans. The American Library Association has been a proud partner in initiatives to support broadband opportunity and access to information, including the expansion of the Lifeline program. We also have supported many policies that improve equity and access to information the Chairman unilaterally rescinded on Friday. We believe these moves will make the digital divide wider and are troubled by the direction this Chairman appears to be heading with “Friday news dumps” that give little to no time for discussion or dissent. Please see below for a statement from ALA President Julie Todaro on Friday’s alarming moves by the FCC: On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoked all of the designations of Lifeline Broadband Providers and ordered the retraction of multiple reports, including the “E-rate Modernization Progress Report” and “Improving the Nation’s Digital Infrastructure. The American Library Association (ALA) is dismayed by these actions to reduce digital opportunity and revise the public record. ALA President Julie Todaro released the following statement.

“The American Library Association (ALA) strenuously objects to recent actions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). First, the ALA is alarmed by the sudden revocation of the nine Lifeline Broadband Provider designations. Reducing options for Lifeline broadband services is a step back in efforts to close the homework gap and digital divide, and is at odds with Chairman Pai’s stated desire to advance digital empowerment. The 2016 Lifeline modernization order represented a critical milestone in our national commitment to connect low-income Americans to the broadband that powers educational and economic opportunity. ALA and our nation’s 120,000 libraries are committed to advancing digital opportunity for all, and we urge the FCC to increase the number of broadband options available for Lifeline customers. “The ALA also calls for the FCC to maintain an accurate and complete historical record. While new FCC leadership may have new policy directions, the public record should not be permanently altered. Governmental agencies must be accountable in this regard. We urge the reversal of the retraction decisions and an agreement that the FCC will not order the removal of any other documents from the public record. Such actions undermine the credibility of the FCC and Chairman Pai’s recent move to increase transparency of the Commission’s rulemaking.”

M&A Review Global Full year 2016

Via Bureau Van Dijk – The following report details mergers and acquisitions activity in Full Year 2016 using data from the Zephyr database. M&A Review Global Full year 2016. Continue Reading

White House Office of Management and Budget missing from Trump WhiteHouse.gov

Sunlight Foundation – “Every new administration has put its own spin on Whitehouse.gov since the website first went online way back in the 1990s. When a new President swings in, an archived version of the old site maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration remains online, but the incoming administration takes over the domain.… Continue Reading

UNESCO Thesaurus published with Semantic Web standards and Open-Source software

Via UNESCO – “Sparna conducted in 2016 the replacement of the Thesaurus Management Software and thesaurus publication platform for the UNESCO, with Open-Source tools all relying on Semantic Web technologies. The result is the new UNESCO vocabularies publication platform at http://vocabularies.unesco.org. The project was conducted in 2 phases : a new thesaurus publication platform based… Continue Reading

Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox

Khan, Lina, Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox (January 31, 2017). Yale Law Journal, Vol. 126, 2017. Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2911742 “Amazon is the titan of twenty-first century commerce. In addition to being a retailer, it is now a marketing platform, a delivery and logistics network, a payment service, a credit lender, an auction house, a… Continue Reading

Tech Companies File Legal Brief Against Trump’s Immigration Order

Bloomberg – “More than 120 companies, from Apple to Zynga, filed an impassioned legal brief condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, stepping up the industry’s growing opposition to the policy. The amicus brief was filed late Sunday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco and emphasizes the importance of immigrants in… Continue Reading

WaPo – Federal appeals court decides to schedule a hearing on Trump travel order

Follow up to previous posting and related sources – Responses to immigrant ban include legal stay and legislation – via The Washington Post – “A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to restore President Trump’s controversial immigration order, marking a critical juncture for the president’s directive temporarily barring refugees and those from… Continue Reading

Bloomberg – GSA’s Next Move on Trump Lease Could Spark Court Battle

Sam Skolnik – “The pending decision from the General Services Administration over the ownership of President Donald Trump’s hotel near the White House has become one of the most closely watched matters in the modern history of the agency. It has also cast a spotlight on the process the agency uses to weigh alleged lease… Continue Reading

Directory of Federal Historical Offices and Activities

Society for History in the Federal Government – “The Directory of Federal Historical Offices and Activities provides information on offices in all branches of government that perform history-related work.” Continue Reading