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

This tiny legal tweak could change the way you watch TV and get online

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a tweak to the nation's TV rules, suggesting that new online video providers be treated just like the country's traditional cable and satellite TV companies. That means companies offering live television over the Internet -- such as the now-shuttered Aereo -- would be given the same privileges (and requirements) that apply to companies such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable.

Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I Support Authorized for Eleven Winning Bids

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

On December 19, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission issued a public notice authorizing Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I support for eleven winning bids.

Vermont connects broadband library network

Location:
VT, United States
Recommendation:
2

Representatives from the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Telecommunications Authority and Sovernet Communications gathered to announce the completion of the project that provides broadband to 43 libraries from Pownal and Vernon to Montpelier and Plainfield.

Julie Drizin named executive director of Current

Location:
Current, 6930 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD, 20912, United States
Recommendation:
1

The American University School of Communication has hired public media journalist, producer and critic Julie Drizin for the new position of Executive Director of Current, as the newspaper and website seeks to expand its coverage and impact in US public and nonprofit media.

US attributes Sony attack to North Korea

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States
Recommendation:
2

Federal investigators accused North Korea of carrying out a computer attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, blaming the government for an intrusion that exposed corporate e-mails, wiped out computer data and underlined the cyber capabilities of one of the United States’ top adversaries. The new claim marks a significant escalation -- the first time that the United States has openly laid blame on a foreign government for a destructive cyberattack against an American corporation.

President Obama: Sony Pictures 'made a mistake' in canceling 'The Interview'

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Barack Obama addressed Sony Picture's decision to halt the release of "The Interview," during a press conference, saying he believed the studio made "a mistake" by pulling the film.

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

This tiny legal tweak could change the way you watch TV and get online

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a tweak to the nation's TV rules, suggesting that new online video providers be treated just like the country's traditional cable and satellite TV companies. That means companies offering live television over the Internet -- such as the now-shuttered Aereo -- would be given the same privileges (and requirements) that apply to companies such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable.

Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I Support Authorized for Eleven Winning Bids

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

On December 19, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission issued a public notice authorizing Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I support for eleven winning bids.

Vermont connects broadband library network

Location:
VT, United States
Recommendation:
2

Representatives from the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Telecommunications Authority and Sovernet Communications gathered to announce the completion of the project that provides broadband to 43 libraries from Pownal and Vernon to Montpelier and Plainfield.

Julie Drizin named executive director of Current

Location:
Current, 6930 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD, 20912, United States
Recommendation:
1

The American University School of Communication has hired public media journalist, producer and critic Julie Drizin for the new position of Executive Director of Current, as the newspaper and website seeks to expand its coverage and impact in US public and nonprofit media.

US attributes Sony attack to North Korea

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States
Recommendation:
2

Federal investigators accused North Korea of carrying out a computer attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, blaming the government for an intrusion that exposed corporate e-mails, wiped out computer data and underlined the cyber capabilities of one of the United States’ top adversaries. The new claim marks a significant escalation -- the first time that the United States has openly laid blame on a foreign government for a destructive cyberattack against an American corporation.

President Obama: Sony Pictures 'made a mistake' in canceling 'The Interview'

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Barack Obama addressed Sony Picture's decision to halt the release of "The Interview," during a press conference, saying he believed the studio made "a mistake" by pulling the film.

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