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This EDUCAUSE resource library page underscores the connections among national, state, and campus levels and how Congress, federal agencies, and the courts all play a role in shaping IT law, as well as why this matters to higher education. EDUCAUSE Policy is the program that directly works in this area.
Below are some links to additional helpful resources outside of EDUCAUSE.
- United States Congress
- Independent Federal Agencies
- The White House & Executive Agencies
- National Associations and Alliances
- Institutes/Programs/Think Tanks
Links to Senate and House committees on telecommunications and Internet-related issues as well as other congressional resources.
United States Senate
This page links to the Senate schedule and provides access to Committee and individual Senator websites. The following Senate Committees deal with telecommunications and Internet-related issues:
House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives
This page links to the House of Representatives schedule and provides access to Committee and individual Representative websites. The following House of Representative Committees deal with telecommunications and Internet–related issues:
- House Committee on Energy and Commerce
- House Committee on the Judiciary
- House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus
This organization provides non–partisan information to Congress on Internet–related issues.
Live webcasts of House and Senate floor activities, press conferences and committee hearings.
- Library of Congress Thomas Legislative Information database
Provides access to past and pending congressional legislation and committee reports, among other useful information on how Congress makes laws.
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.
FCC bureaus and offices of special interest to the higher education community:
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the United States federal government whose mission is to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.
NSF directorates/resources of special interest to the higher education and networking communities:
National Science Board
The National Science Board is the governing board of the National Science Foundation, composed of 24 part–time members, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. They are selected on the basis of their eminence in basic medical, or social sciences, engineering, agriculture, education, research management or public affairs.
White House Resources
The White House
White House offices of special interest to the higher education and networking communities:
- Office of Science and Technology Policy
- National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development
The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Information Technology Research and Development (IT R&D) coordinates planning, budget, and assessment activities for the Federal Networking and IT R&D Program. This 12–agency collaborative effort pioneers fundamental advances in the critical technologies of the Nation's information infrastructure, including high performance computing, large–scale networking, and high assurance software and systems design.
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the White House's principal voice on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues.
NTIA offices of special interest to the higher education and networking communities:
Department of Education Resources
U.S. Department of Education
The U S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress.
Department of Education offices and resources of special interest to the higher education and networking communities:
Department of Justice Resources
- American Association of Community Colleges
- American Association of State Colleges and Universities
- American Council on Education
- American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy
- Association of American Universities
- Association of Computing Machinery
- Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA)
- Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
- Association of Research Libraries
- Computing Research Association
- Digital Due Process Coalition
- National Association of College and University Business Officers
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
- Open Internet Coalition
- The Quilt
Benton Foundation Communications Policy Program
The Benton Foundation's mission is to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. The foundation's projects cover a wide–range of domestic and international social issues involving information technology and the Internet.
Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)
CDT works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age, focusing on free expression and privacy in global communications technologies.
Cornell University Computer Policy and Law Program (UCPL)
Provides leadership and discussion forum for higher education institutions developing information technology policies.
The Institute for Computer Policy and Law
Provides leadership to colleges and universities in developing technology policies.
The Markle Foundation
The mission of the Markle Foundation is to accelerate the use of information and communications technology to address critical public needs. One of their three main categories of research is “Policy for a Networked Society.” A full list of research –related publications are available on their website.
The New America Foundation
An independent, non–partisan, non–profit public policy institute that has as one of its many focal points, federal information policy, in particular spectrum policy.
Washington Internet Project/Cybertelecom
Excellent, up–to–date, resource on wide–range of federal Internet and telecommunications policy issues.
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Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Federal Policy and Law
- FCC wants to know: Is degrading P2P traffic 'reasonable'?
January 15, 2008
"As foreshadowed at the Consumer Electronics Show last week , federal regulators this week took the first formal step into investigating complaints about how Internet service providers, s…
- Colleges serious about dealing with copyright, P2P issues
December 5, 2007
"If you were responsible for a college's network and were faced with infringement notices from the recording and motion picture industries, how would you handle them? That's the qu…
- Mounting Peer-to-Peer Pressure for Comcast
November 19, 2007
"Comcast's traffic-filtering efforts are the subject of FCC complaints and a lawsuit. At issue: ISPs right to control the flow of data over their networks" …
- Comcast Blockage of BitTorrent 101
October 23, 2007
"According to an Oct. 19 article by the Associated Press, Comcast has been actively degrading and blocking BitTorrent traffic, amounting to "the most drastic example yet of data discri…
- Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic
October 19, 2007
Comcast has been blocking the sharing of certain files on their users network as a means of managing its network to keep file-sharing traffic from swallowing too much bandwidth and affecting the…
- Reply Comments to the FCC on Broadband Industry Practices (Docket 07-52) July 16, 2007
July 16, 2007
This document is a reply to a comment filed by NBC Universal requesting that the FCC require that broadband providers “use readily available means to prevent the use of their broadband networks…
- Illegal P2P at Illinois State: On the Road to Good Digital Citizenship
March 13, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2007
Illinois State University has embarked on a multifaceted comparative study of what works and what doesn't regarding P2P, media, and copyright on campus including RIAA and MPAA involvement. Hea…
- Advanced Internet Bandwidth and Security Strategies
October 19, 2005
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2005 Annual Conference
How does a university with 1,800 residential students manage to receive less than one copyright infringement notice per month, while still allowing peer-to-peer computing? Find out how your institu…
- Peer-to-Peer Computing: Meeting the P2P Challenge
January 1, 2005
"Napster may be old news, but new file-sharing woes are confounding campus technologists. Help is on the way if you know where to find it." &…
- Surveying the Digital Landscape: Evolving Technologies 2004
January 1, 2004
© 2004 EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Committee EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 39, no. 6 (November/December 2004): 78–92. Surveying the Digital Landscape: Evolving Technologies 2004 The …