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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

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

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

Description: This report discusses the major debate over the government's role in the Internet that is currently occurring. 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. The FCC adopted an Internet Policy Statement in 2005 that expressed the agency's support for a policy of non-discrimination toward Internet traffic, subject to reasonable network management.
Date: September 26, 2011
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress

Description: As the Internet grows and becomes more pervasive in all aspects of modern society, the question of how it should be governed becomes more pressing. Currently, an important aspect of the Internet is governed by a private sector, international organization called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages and oversees some of the critical technical underpinnings of the Internet such as the domain name system and Internet Protocol (IP) addressing. ICANN makes its policy decisions using a multistakeholder model of governance, whereby a “bottom-up” collaborative process is open to all constituencies of Internet stakeholders. A key issue for Congress is whether and how the U.S. government should continue to maximize U.S. influence over ICANN's multistakeholder Internet governance process, while at the same time effectively resisting proposals for an increased role by international governmental institutions such as the U.N. The outcome of this debate will likely have a significant impact on how other aspects of the Internet may be governed in the future, especially in such areas as intellectual property, privacy, law enforcement, Internet free speech, and cybersecurity. Looking forward, the institutional nature of Internet governance could have far reaching implications on important policy decisions that will likely shape the future evolution of the Internet.
Date: February 9, 2012
Creator: Kruger, Lennard G.
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: September 21, 2009
Creator: Ruane, Kathleen Ann
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rural Broadband: The Roles of the Rural Utilities Service and the Universal Service Fund

Description: This report discusses Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband and Telecommunications Programs. Since the initial deployment of broadband in the late 1990s, Congress has viewed broadband infrastructure deployment as a means towards improving regional economic development, and in the long term, to create jobs.
Date: May 9, 2012
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A. & 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