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Benton Foundation provides free, daily summaries of articles concerning the quickly-changing telecommunications policy landscape.

Unraveling the Cable Bundle

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

Executives at media and cable companies have been resisting the idea of selling TV channels à la carte for years, saying it was not financially feasible. But that resistance is starting to give way to a more pragmatic approach that should benefit consumers. It is important that the Federal Communications Commission enact strong rules prohibiting broadband companies from blocking or interfering with Internet content.

US spectrum auction: cash, or carry on

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Federal Communication Commission has hired boutique company Greenhill & Co to gin up interest in an auction of the 600MHz spectrum band owned by local US broadcast television stations.

Americans Sick Of Gossip, Sports In News Coverage, Want More Substance

Location:
Harris Interactive, 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY, 10013, United States
Recommendation:
1

A new Harris survey finds that a large proportion of Americans are fed up with news coverage that skews toward the sensational, superficial, and sports-centric.

Silicon Valley spends big on lobbying

Location:
K Street, 1500 K Street, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Spending on lobbying was up at many major Silicon Valley companies last quarter. Quarterly disclosure reports showed beefed up lobbying at many major firms, as the industry continues to grow its presence in Washington. Immigration, cybersecurity, surveillance reform and trade issues were all top for many companies.

Social Media in a Time of Terrorism

Location:
Hudson Institute, 1015 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
1

In the debate about whether supporters of groups like Islamic State should be legally banned from social media, one argument runs that having material out in the open allows law enforcement to monitor Islamic radicals and those cheering on acts of terror. But online manifestations of terrorism can kill.

On TV, Hong Kong Openly Debates Democracy

Location:
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Recommendation:
2

After weeks of protests that have shaken Hong Kong’s 7.2 million people, residents thought they had seen it all. Then, on Oct 21, something even more extraordinary happened, on live television: a polite debate between earnest students wearing black “Freedom Now” T-shirts and top Hong Kong leaders over the future of democracy.

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Benton Foundation provides free, daily summaries of articles concerning the quickly-changing telecommunications policy landscape.

Unraveling the Cable Bundle

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

Executives at media and cable companies have been resisting the idea of selling TV channels à la carte for years, saying it was not financially feasible. But that resistance is starting to give way to a more pragmatic approach that should benefit consumers. It is important that the Federal Communications Commission enact strong rules prohibiting broadband companies from blocking or interfering with Internet content.

US spectrum auction: cash, or carry on

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Federal Communication Commission has hired boutique company Greenhill & Co to gin up interest in an auction of the 600MHz spectrum band owned by local US broadcast television stations.

Americans Sick Of Gossip, Sports In News Coverage, Want More Substance

Location:
Harris Interactive, 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY, 10013, United States
Recommendation:
1

A new Harris survey finds that a large proportion of Americans are fed up with news coverage that skews toward the sensational, superficial, and sports-centric.

Silicon Valley spends big on lobbying

Location:
K Street, 1500 K Street, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Spending on lobbying was up at many major Silicon Valley companies last quarter. Quarterly disclosure reports showed beefed up lobbying at many major firms, as the industry continues to grow its presence in Washington. Immigration, cybersecurity, surveillance reform and trade issues were all top for many companies.

Social Media in a Time of Terrorism

Location:
Hudson Institute, 1015 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
1

In the debate about whether supporters of groups like Islamic State should be legally banned from social media, one argument runs that having material out in the open allows law enforcement to monitor Islamic radicals and those cheering on acts of terror. But online manifestations of terrorism can kill.

On TV, Hong Kong Openly Debates Democracy

Location:
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Recommendation:
2

After weeks of protests that have shaken Hong Kong’s 7.2 million people, residents thought they had seen it all. Then, on Oct 21, something even more extraordinary happened, on live television: a polite debate between earnest students wearing black “Freedom Now” T-shirts and top Hong Kong leaders over the future of democracy.

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