Weekly Digest

News broke on November 8 that the Department of Justice is seeking to alter, if not block, AT&T’s proposed purchase of Time Warner. What until recently had seemed like a done deal is now up in the air. 

Digital Beat

Benton Editorial
Adrianne Furniss
November 20, 2017

News reports indicate that we should expect to see Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal on net neutrality rules this week in advance of a December 14 vote on the rules. Whatever you think about net neutrality, Chairman Pai's move to release FCC rules before they are voted on is a step in the direction of good government. Transparency is a key ingredient to facilitate democratic participation, accountability, and trust in government. The question in the days ahead is, 'Will FCC leadership be responsive to the public's concerns in the net neutrality debate?'

Benton Editorial
Kevin Taglang
November 20, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will soon release a draft order that eliminates the FCC's rules that protect broadband internet access service customers from many abuses by their broadband providers. Without the FCC's 2015 Open Internet regulations, your broadband provider will make the rules that govern how you access the internet.This should make you nervous. The companies who reach you over the internet -- think Netflix, Pandora, Etsy, and even World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) -- are certainly nervous. They are telling their investors -- in documents filed at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission -- that they are concerned about the significant and increasing market power of wireline and wireless broadband providers.

Larra Clark
Op-ed
Larra Clark
November 8, 2017

Libraries are a lynchpin for national, state, and local digital inclusion efforts—particularly our 16,500+ public library locations across the country. Mobile Beacon’s report “Creating Opportunity Through Connectivity”, as well as research on rural library hotspot lending in “At the Edges of the National Digital Platform”, provide evidence of this critical library role and the need for affordable, mobile, and uncapped internet service to empower all people to fully participate in our digital world.

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