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Weekly Digest

We Know What You Did During Spring Break

Although Headlines staff were away April 2-6, we still collected and summarized the major news from that week and have posted here and here. So this week’s round up is really a quick look at the news of the past two weeks.

Op-ed

Real Disclosure for Real Democracy

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From the desk of
Michael Copps
Benton Editorial

Our Deepest Gratitude to Media Access Project

The public interest community and media reform movement suffered a major body blow today, when the Media Access Project (MAP) announced it will suspend operation next month. I personally have looked to my friend and colleague Andy Schwartzman for leadership and guidance on media policy issues for more than three decades. Under his tenure, MAP has been at the forefront of major telecommunications and media policy fights, always with the mission of representing the public interest.

Weekly Digest

Washington Crams Before Spring Break

With a two-week Spring Recess looming, Washington communications policymakers were busy this week. Here’s some highlights.

Keeping Low-Income Consumers in Mind While Reviewing the Verizon Spectrum Buy

Back in December 2011, Verizon Wireless and some of the largest cable TV companies in the US announced a transaction in which Verizon will pay the cable companies $3.6 billion for wireless spectrum. With that spectrum, Verizon can build what amounts to another LTE network parallel to its current 4G network at 700 MHZ.

Weekly Digest

Harmless Collaboration or a Threat to Competition and Consumers?

On March 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights held a hearing on Verizon’s proposed acquisition of spectrum from cable companies and related commercial agreements. The deal -- announced December 19, 2011 – is being reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice.

Weekly Digest

Happy Birthday, National Broadband Plan!

Happy Birthday, National Broadband Plan

We’re taking a step back today from our usual focus on the past seven days to look at the progress made on implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) over the last two years.

Weekly Digest

Celebrating National Consumer Protection Week

As we’re sure you know, March 4-10 is officially National Consumer Protection Week. President Barack Obama asked that government officials, industry leaders, and advocates across the Nation to share information about consumer protection and provide our citizens with information about their rights as consumers.

Weekly Digest

The Awesome Power of Information Infrastructure -- And You

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From the desk of
Michael Copps

Today I begin a monthly blog for the Benton Foundation. I’m excited about doing this and thank my friend Charles Benton for the opportunity to share my thoughts with Benton’s faithful readers.

Weekly Digest

A Week in Barcelona

The Mobile World Congress convened in Barcelona, Spain, this week. The agenda-setting event is where wireless network operators, cellphone manufacturers, content providers, advertising gurus, and Internet players gather to assess the nearly $2 trillion wireless industry. Although we like the shiny new devices launched at the event as much as anyone, we’ll focus instead on trends in the business and the changes sought in regulation of the industry.