The FCC Shares Their Biggest Complaints

May 26, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data News Roundup

A new online portal from the FCC offers a peek at submitted complaints, the OPEN Government Data Act could result in millions of datasets being shared with the public, and a White House Technology Policy Advisor pushes for government and industry IT leaders to lend their support to the open data movement. Catch up on all of this week’s big open data headlines in the Open Data Download:

The FCC is getting tons of net neutrality complaints

“The FCC has unveiled a new online portal where anybody can see the kind of complaints people have been submitting to the commission. And according to the info on the website, the FCC has received 20,991 net neutrality complaints since the rules took effect on June 12th, 2015. That’s an average of 61 submissions a day and is eclipsed only by the number of billing-related reports under the internet category.” Read more from Engadget.

White House official urges IT leaders to join open data efforts

“White House technology policy adviser Kristen Honey urged government and industry IT leaders to support the open data movement and showcase their work at two upcoming data innovation events.” Honey spoke at the Data Innovation Summit. Read more at FedScoop.

Giant wave of government data could be unleashed by proposed law

“Kevin Merritt, founder and CEO of Socrata, a Seattle-based cloud software company focused on improving access to government data, guesses that there could be 20 million government-generated data sets out there that aren’t yet being shared with the public. The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act would require federal agencies to create and share an inventory of the data sets that they’re generating, and to make that data free and publicly available in a machine-readable format through the website Read more at GeekWire.

Congress leads state legislatures in open data efforts — panel

“Although Congress is still struggling with open data, it remains far ahead of state and local legislatures when it comes to releasing data in machine readable and downloadable formats, according to a panel of experts and Congressional staffers.” Read more from FedScoop.

Meet the company helping Seattle police publish its records online

“Socrata is the behind-the-scenes partner for government bodies around the U.S. and in some foreign countries, helping them publish data online that the public can see and actually understand. One of Socrata’s customers is the city of Seattle, which last year joined the White House’s Police Data Initiative and pledged to release data sets that have not before been made public.” Read more from The Seattle Times.

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