New America in the News: 2014

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

Should The U.S. Regulate Broadband Internet Access As A Utility? | The Wall Street Journal

May 12, 2014

They say broadband is rapidly evolving and that regulating it like a monopoly would kill investment. They believe broadband should be regulated like other industries: through antitrust and consumer-protection laws. Tim Wu, a Columbia Law School ...

Five Key Questions About the Ed. Department's Move on NCLB Waivers | Education Week

May 12, 2014

Arizona, Kansas, and Oregon have all submitted tweaks to their teacher evaluation systems, with the goal of getting off high risk status. Now that the department has opened the door to way more flexibility on the issue, it would seem these states are in a good position to shed the "high risk" label, according to Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation who has closely studied the waivers.

"It sounds like the department isn't taking a hard line on [teacher evaluation] in the extension process," she said.

Anne-Marie Slaughter on Forging Confidence and a Career

May 12, 2014

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Parent PLUS Loans Are a Dubious Higher-Ed Option, Study Finds | Deseret News

May 12, 2014

But viewing PLUS loans as a revenue source for the school is perverse, argues Rachel Fishman, an education policy analyst with the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. The questions, Fishman argues, should be squarely centered on students and their families and whether they can afford the burdens they are acquiring. There are, she says, ample evidence that consumer protections are lacking.

Wheeler Proposes Uniform Duplex Gap in 600 MHz Band Plan | TR Daily

May 12, 2014

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated a new draft of the incentive auction order to be considered at the May 15 meeting, agency sources said today.

The new draft proposes a uniform 11 megahertz duplex gap, according to sources. Previously, FCC staffers had recommended a duplex gap between 6 and 11 MHz depending on how much TV broadcast spectrum was recovered, with guard band spectrum also in that range. The new draft order was circulated May 9.

Qaeda Affiliate Steps Up Video Propaganda Push | The New York Times

May 12, 2014

It is the latest evidence that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula “is a much more nuanced political actor” than its cousins around the region, said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism scholar at the New America Foundation. Over time, he said, the Yemen ...

Different Standards for Different Students | The Chicago Tribune

May 11, 2014

"I think a lot of people are asking, 'Are waivers creating a better accountability system?'" said Anne Hyslop, an analyst at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. The answer is, "We don't know yet," she said.

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The Argument for Public Broadband | IMI TechTalk

May 11, 2014

Electricity, Water, and Internet? One of these is not like the other, but some say it should be. Patrick Lucey sits down with us to discuss the arguments for making broadband internet a public utility (like Chattanooga, TN has done).

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FCC Chairman to Tech Companies: I Care About Net Neutrality Too | Mashable

May 10, 2014

Alan Davidson, the Vice President for Technology Policy and Strategy at the New America Foundation, who helped coordinate the tech companies' letter to the FCC, and who received Wheeler's letter, reacted with cautious optimism.

"We’re glad to see the chairman reiterating his support for net neutrality," he said in a statement to Mashable. "The key question is what this means for the open Internet proceeding. We look forward to seeing progress towards real protections for consumers against discrimination on their Internet connections."

The Battle to Retake Our Privacy Can Be Won – Really! | The Guardian

May 10, 2014

Reactions to the new bill from NSA reform supporters have been mixed. Both the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and American Civil Liberties Union called it a positive step, but emphasized how much still needs to be fixed. Wheeler was more cynical in her analysis, suggesting it may be just as bad as the Intel bill that was so universally panned by national security watchers. But Kevin Bankston, the longtime surveillance reform crusader and policy director at the Open Tech Institute, explained the predicament well:

Defending The Open Internet | The New York Times

May 10, 2014

Tim Wu, 41, a law professor at Columbia University, isn't a direct participant in the rule making, but he is influencing it. A dozen years ago, building on the work of more senior scholars, Mr. Wu developed a concept that is now a generally accepted norm.

FCC’s Wheeler Denies Trying to Divide Internet Into “Haves” and “Have Nots” | ReCode

May 9, 2014

“We’re glad to see the chairman reiterating his support for net neutrality,” said Alan Davidson of the New America Foundation, which helped pull the Internet companies’ letter together. “The key question is what this means for the commission’s Open Internet proceeding. We hope it signals real progress toward stronger protections for consumers against discrimination on their Internet connections.”

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Debate Over Common Core in Marshfield Boils Over | Marshfield News Herald

May 9, 2014

“It looks like he’s setting a new record, or at least it’s close to the record, in terms of the weirdest things I’ve heard yet about the Common Core,” said Conor Williams, a senior education policy researcher at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute.

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FCC Chair Responds to Net Neutrality Backlash: ‘I Could Not Agree With You More’ | The Washington Post

May 9, 2014

Alan Davidson, director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute and a coalition organizer, said he was glad to see the response.

"The key question is what this means for the commission's open Internet proceeding and it's upcoming rule-making notice," Davidson said. "We hope it signals real progress towards stronger protections for consumers against discrimination on their internet connections."

Ed. Dept. to Extend NCLB Waivers Without Considering Teacher Evaluation | Education Week

May 9, 2014

But Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation, said the finer details are really going to matter here. She noted that Delisle said in her letter that states may make "targeted substantive changes" to their plans. But it's still unclear exactly what that means.

"Is it just the timeline" for implementation, she wondered. "How far can states push?" She noted that many states did a test run of their teacher evaluation plans this year and found things that needed to be tweaked and changed.

Death of the Infomercial? | KCRW

May 8, 2014

Since the 1950s, late night TV has been the world of the infomercial: late night hucksters selling ginsu knives, wearable towels, Snuggies... But infomercials have become a victim of their own success. At more than $200 billion, the late night “direct response television” industry has attracted big companies that are squeezing out the backyard inventors that used to populate the space. Is the infomercial as we know it disappearing? Is that a bad thing?

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Webcast:The Future of FATA: Practical Solutions | Atlantic Council

May 8, 2014

Join the Atlantic Council on May 8 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. for a discussion on Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Regions (FATA). Faiysal AliKhan, Carnegie fellow, New America Foundation, will look beyond the military solution at practical approaches to change the economic and social landscape of the volatile border region.

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Silicon Valley Sees ‘Grave Threat’ in Internet Toll Roads | Bloomberg

May 8, 2014

“This letter represents the collective voice of the world’s strongest innovators and demonstrates a shared commitment to meaningful network neutrality,” Alan Davidson, director of the Open Technology Institute at the Washington-based New America Foundation policy group, said in an e-mailed statement.

“The Internet works best when consumers control what they say and do on the connections that they pay for, and the FCC’s rules should protect those connections from discriminatory interference,” said Davidson, a former Google executive.

Bill to Reform NSA Set to Move to House Floor | The Washington Post

May 8, 2014

“The bill is admittedly an imperfect compromise,” said Kevin Bankston, policy director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. “But make no mistake: USA Freedom, if passed, would still be the most powerful new law to regulate government’s national security surveillance powers since the spying scandals of the ’70s prompted Congress to pass the original Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”

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