Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Happy New Year! LGBT Technology Partnership hopes that you have had a relaxing holiday season and are entering 2015 refreshed and with renewed vigor! This year promises to be the year of all things connected with more electronics and apps synced to the Internet than ever before. Policymakers will no doubt spend a considerable amount of time in 2015 examining current regulations in an effort to keep up with an ever-changing tech landscape and make tough decisions on looming policy issues. We at the Partnership are excited to hit the ground running and are looking forward to a dynamic year. As always, we will continue to monitor the issues relevant to our community. A few things we are already keeping an eye on include: Net neutrality – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to finally hold a vote on the net neutrality rules advocated by President Obama. According to the LA Times, Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC, has indicated that he will propose net neutrality rules that treat broadband Internet service providers as utilities subject to more rigorous regulation than they have been to date. Late last year President Obama asked the FCC to put Internet providers under the same rules as telephone companies to uphold an Open Internet and prevent broadband providers from speeding up or slowing down some web sites over others. New net neutrality rules will be voted on at the Commission’s February 26th meeting.