• EDUCAUSE Comments: FCC “Business Data Services” (BDS) Rule-Making

    (August 17, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) EDUCAUSE recently joined with Internet2 to submit comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s pending rule-making about “business data services” (i.e., broadband data and voice services sold to businesses). Internet2 and EDUCAUSE highlighted why the FCC should clarify its definition of BDS to ensure that regulations not intended for research and education (R&E) networks are not extended to them.

  • EDUCAUSE Policy: Interesting Reads

    “Interesting Reads” blog posts highlight articles on federal policy issues and developments that are relevant to EDUCAUSE members or provide insights on higher education policy in general. Issues in this set include privacy considerations for learning analytics and implementation of net neutrality, “myths” about DMCA take-down notices, and distance education state authorization regulations.

  • U.S. Dept. of Education to Audit for Security Rule Compliance

    (July 14, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) The U.S. Dept. of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office has released a new letter highlighting plans to include compliance with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) Safeguards Rule in its annual audits of institutions participating in federal financial aid programs. The letter also encourages institutions to evaluate their data security posture in light of NIST Special Publication 800-171, which covers federal guidelines for protecting “controlled unclassified information.”

  • DOJ Seeks Fresh Input on Web Accessibility Regulations

    (June 21, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released a notice seeking input on potential web accessibility regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The public comment deadline is August 8th for a notice spanning over 120 questions, some of which directly address higher education.

  • Federal Appeals Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules

    (June 20, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) A three-judge federal appeals court panel upheld the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order last week, sustaining the net neutrality rules detailed in the order as well as clarifying the legal authority under which the FCC established them. EDUCAUSE supported the rules as part of a higher education/libraries coalition including the Association of Research Libraries, which posted an analysis of the findings leading to the court’s decision.

  • Cybersecurity, Internet Policy in Speaker Ryan’s National Security Agenda

    (June 17, 2016 – Jennifer Ortega) Earlier this month, House Speaker Paul Ryan released a proposed national security agenda as part of his “A Better Way” policy platform for House Republicans heading into this year’s elections. While the agenda primarily focuses on terrorism and veterans issues, it also includes policy prescriptions for cybersecurity and Internet policy.

  • House Committee Hearing on FCC Privacy Rules

    (June 17, 2016 – Jennifer Ortega) The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently held a hearing on the FCC’s alleged overreach in establishing new privacy rules for ISPs under the 2015 Open Internet Order. A major, bipartisan concern of the Committee is that the FCC’s rules will lead to inconsistent treatment of consumer data and thus create confusion for consumers about what they can expect in terms of online privacy protections.

  • House Passes Rep. Castro’s Cybersecurity Bill

    (June 3, 2016 – Jennifer Ortega) U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced cybersecurity legislation that will allow nonprofit entities, including higher education institutions, to work with the Department of Homeland Security to strengthen cyber defenses and protect local communities from cyber attacks. The bill passed the House with near unanimous support.

  • New Overtime Regulations Webinar: June 17, 2016 (1:00 PM, EDT)

    (June 3, 2016 – Jarret Cummings) With new federal overtime regulations set to take effect on December 1, 2016, colleges and universities are turning their attention to how they can comply, knowing that the new rules may entail a significant expansion in the number of employees covered by time-tracking and overtime pay requirements. EDUCAUSE is co-sponsoring a June 17 webinar being conducted by the American Council on Education in partnership with CUPA-HR and NASPA to help institutions prepare.

  • IHEP Releases Datapalooza

    (June 3, 2016 – Jennifer Ortega) The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) recently issued a series of policy papers based on the research and analysis of a working group sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The papers provide recommendations on how to improve the nation’s data infrastructure in relation to postsecondary education.