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The FCC's Authority to Regulate Net Neutrality After Comcast v. FCC

Description: This report examines the ramifications of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit's April 6, 2010 ruling that the FCC could not base ancillary authority to regulate cable Internet services solely upon broad policy goals contained in the Communications Act. The decision has intensified the Net Neutrality debate and made the governments regulatory authority on the matter less clear.
Date: December 2, 2010
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cybersecurity: Selected Legal Issues

Description: This report discusses selected legal issues that frequently arise in the context of legislation to address vulnerabilities of private critical infrastructure to cyber threats, efforts to protect government networks from cyber threats, and proposals to facilitate and encourage sharing of cyber threat information amongst private sector and government entities. This report also provides an overview of the ways in which federal laws of these types may preempt or affect the applicability of state law.
Date: April 17, 2013
Creator: Liu, Edward C.; Stevens, Gina; Ruane, Kathleen Ann; Dolan, Alissa M.; Thompson, Richard M., II & Nolan, Andrew
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The FCC's Authority to Regulate Net Neutrality after Comcast v. FCC

Description: This report examines the ramifications of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit's April 6, 2010 ruling that the FCC could not base ancillary authority to regulate cable Internet services solely upon broad policy goals contained in the Communications Act. The decision has intensified the Net Neutrality debate and made the governments regulatory authority on the matter less clear.
Date: April 23, 2010
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Overview and Issues for Implementation of the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative: Implications for Federal Information Technology Reform Management

Description: This report explains what cloud computing is, including cloud deployment models and service models, discusses issues that should be considered when adopting cloud services, and presents the federal government's planning for IT reform.
Date: January 20, 2015
Creator: Figliola, Patricia Moloney & Fischer, Eric A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Future of Internet Governance: Should the U.S. Relinquish Its Authority Over ICANN?

Description: The report provides background information on Domain Name System and the role of the U.S. government. This report discusses the U.S. government limited authority over the Internet's domain name system, primarily through the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract between the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Date: May 5, 2015
Creator: Kruger, Lennard G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Broadband Loan and Grant Programs in the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service

Description: This report discusses the broadband loan and grant programs at Rural Utilities Service (RUS) that is intended to accelerate the deployment of broadband services in rural America. “Broadband” refers to high-speed Internet access and advanced telecommunications services for private homes, commercial establishments, schools, and public institutions.
Date: May 16, 2013
Creator: Kruger, Lennard G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Policy Implications of the Internet of Things

Description: This report briefly discusses the Internet of Things (IoT), which is an umbrella term that many policymakers use to refer to the technologies and network structures that interconnect objects, humans, and animals to collect and analyze data and manage processes.
Date: August 25, 2015
Creator: Moore, Linda K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Evolving Broadband Infrastructure: Expansion, Applications, and Regulation

Description: This report discusses issues for policymakers regarding how to craft a comprehensive broadband strategy that not only addresses broadband availability and adoption problems, but also addresses the long term impacts of next-generation networks on consumer use of the Internet and a regulatory framework that must keep pace with evolving telecommunications technology.
Date: February 19, 2009
Creator: Moloney Figliola, Patricia; Gilroy, Angele A. & Kruger, Lennard G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative: Legal Authorities and Policy Considerations

Description: This report discusses the legal issues and addresses policy considerations related to the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI). The CNCI establishes a multi-pronged approach the federal government plans to take in identifying current and emerging cyber threats; shoring up current and future telecommunications and cyber vulnerabilities; and responding to, or proactively addressing, entities that wish to steal or manipulate protected data on secure federal systems.
Date: March 10, 2009
Creator: Rollins, John & Henning, Anna C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Net Neutrality: The Federal Communications Commission's Authority to Enforce Its Network Management Principles

Description: This report discusses the major debate over the government's role in the Internet. Legally, the question appears to be whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) currently has the authority to regulate the ways in which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) manage Internet traffic over their networks.
Date: February 20, 2009
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cybersecurity: Selected Legal Issues

Description: This report discusses selected legal issues that frequently arise in the context of legislation to address vulnerabilities of private critical infrastructure to cyber threats, efforts to protect government networks from cyber threats, and proposals to facilitate and encourage sharing of cyber threat information amongst private sector and government entities. This report also provides an overview of the ways in which federal laws of these types may preempt or affect the applicability of state law.
Date: April 20, 2012
Creator: Liu, Edward C.; Stevens, Gina; Ruane, Kathleen Ann; Dolan, Alissa M. & Thompson, Richard M., II
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Siting of Wireless Communications Facilities: An Overview of Federal, State, and Local Law

Description: The siting of wireless communications facilities has been a topic of controversy in communities all over the United States. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 governs federal, state, and local regulation of the siting of communications towers by placing certain limitations on local zoning authority without totally preempting state and local law. This report provides an overview of the federal, state, and local laws governing the siting of wireless communications facilities.
Date: September 4, 2008
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Broadband Loan and Grant Programs in the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service

Description: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) houses the only two federal assistance programs exclusively dedicated to financing deployment of broadband Internet access in rural America. This report provides detailed background information on the RUS broadband loan and grant programs, outlines criticisms of how the RUS broadband program has been implemented thus far, and discusses issues that Congress considered during the reauthorization process.
Date: November 17, 2008
Creator: Kruger, Lennard G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Overview and Issues for Implementation of the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative: Implications for Federal Information Technology Reform Management

Description: This report explains what cloud computing is -- including cloud deployment models and service models -- discusses issues that should be considered when adopting cloud services, and presents the federal government's planning for IT reform. It also provides information on assessments that have been conducted on agency cloud adoption and discusses both the challenges and drivers of cloud adoption. Finally, the report provides possible mechanisms for Congress to monitor agencies as they implement cloud computing.
Date: February 3, 2014
Creator: Figliola, Patricia Moloney & Fischer, Eric A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Net Neutrality: The FCC's Authority to Regulate Broadband Internet Traffic Management

Description: This report discusses the major debate over the government's role in the Internet. Legally, the question appears to be whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) currently has the authority to regulate the ways in which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) manage Internet traffic over their networks.
Date: March 26, 2014
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department