blog, I pointed out that the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is by no means certain. Section 702 provides authority for the US government to target foreign individuals to obtain intelligence to defend American security. Specifically, Section 702 allows the attorney general and the director of National Intelligence to direct warrantless surveillance of non-US persons “reasonably believed to be outside US borders.” Conversely, it forbids collecting information from targets inside the US.
decries an “anti-consumer agenda” at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under its new Chairman Ajit Pai, but the reality is the opposite. In just a month under the new chairman, the FCC has launched a dozen pro-consumer initiatives including a rulemaking on the next generation TV standard; extending the area for AM radio broadcast; setting the rules for the reverse auction of spectrum for rural broadband; authorizing new LTE-U devices; ending the politically driven investigations of the money-saving, free data plans that consumers love; launching numerous long overdue process reform measures; appointing Mike O’Rielly to the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service to ensure cooperation continues; promoting transparency by requiring the publishing of text of rulemaking before votes; disbursing Connect America Fund monies to eligible areas of New York State; launching the Digital Empowerment Agenda to close the digital divide; and establishing a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee to which a whopping 475 potential volunteers applied.