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

The Many Wars of Tom Wheeler

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Frantically all year Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has been trying to save the Internet from President Barack Obama for the benefit (he thought) of President Obama.

Why Broadcast TV Is So Thankful for Thanksgiving

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Thanksgiving Day is now home to four of fall's most-watched programs.

What social media did for Ferguson

Location:
Ferguson, MO, United States
Recommendation:
1

When a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting an unarmed teenager, Twitter predictably lit up -- a sudden, sweeping surge of 3.5 million tweets that spiked just before 9:30 p.m. Eastern and simmered for hours.

Ferguson: How can you blame McCulloch for blaming the media?

Location:
Ferguson, MO, United States
Recommendation:
1

How did social media impinge the Ferguson investigation? What physical evidence released by the media prejudiced eyewitness accounts? What leaks thwarted St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s work?

TiVo CEO: ‘We’re All For Moving On Beyond CableCARD’

Location:
TiVo, 2160 Gold St, Alviso, CA, 95002, United States
Recommendation:
1

With the CableCARD regime set to end following passage of the satellite reauthorization bill and the Federal Communications Commission now tasked with pursuing a successor platform, consider TiVo to be pleased as punch about all of it.

Enabling Humanitarian Use of Mobile Phone Data

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Mobile phones are now ubiquitous in developing countries, with 89 active subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. Though many types of population data are scarce in developing countries, the metadata generated by millions of mobile phones and recorded by mobile phone operators can enable unprecedented insights about individuals and societies. Used with appropriate restraint, this data has great potential for good, including immediate use in the fight against Ebola.

What we can learn from Robert McCulloch’s media condemnation

Location:
Ferguson, MO, United States
Recommendation:
2

The circulation of unverified claims, particularly on social media but also from journalists, is arguably inevitable in a story like Ferguson (MO). The trick is in learning how to find and evaluate it.

FCC Names John Schanz Chair Of The CSRIC

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the appointment of John Schanz as the Chair of the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council.

United Nations to vote on anti-mass surveillance resolution

Location:
United Nations, First Avenue at 46th Street, New York, NY, 10017, United States
Recommendation:
1

A United Nations committee has passed a resolution that explicitly condemns mass online surveillance and calls for its victims to have legal redress.

US Expresses Concern Over Google Antitrust Debate in Europe

Location:
European Parliament, Strasbourg, France
Recommendation:
2

The US waded into a European debate over a possible breakup of Google, expressing concern about the politicization of antitrust investigations.

T-Mobile accuses AT&T of lying about data roaming rates

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

T-Mobile US and AT&T have been trading shots over the prices AT&T charges for data roaming as part of the government’s investigation into a complaint filed by T-Mobile.

2016: Democrats Win White House, FCC

Location:
The Carmel Group, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The momentum behind the huge topic that has broiled through several Republican and Democratic administrations and decades, and has rarely gone anywhere forward, i.e., the Immigration issue, moved substantially forward, again. Yet, again, it did so, solely at the hand of President Barack Obama. In that act, the more important political accomplishment by the chief executive was to capture another four years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a Democratic administration.

TV Tax Paid by Big-Box Blitzers and Small-Business Supporters

Location:
Women Impacting Public Policy, 1714 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA, 94133, United States
Recommendation:
1

Americans are paying too much for their televisions.

Why Serial is important for journalism

Location:
International Center for Journalists, 2000 M St NW , Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

The hit podcast Serial, a journalist’s exploration of whether a young man was wrongly convicted of murder, breaks new ground for our field.

Actually, Robert McCulloch, social media is doing a better job than you are

Location:
Ferguson, MO, United States
Recommendation:
1

Social media cannot be either angel or devil, able to quell and raise mobs at the drop of a hat. Instead, it's a constant devil's advocate, pushing back against things that don't necessarily make sense and chipping away at the authoritarian façades of those who wish it would just stop existing already.

Ferguson prosecutor slams “non-stop” social media while calling for increased attention to race

Location:
Ferguson, MO, United States
Recommendation:
2

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch delivered a sometimes combative 25-minute address to announce a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson (MO) police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. During the announcement, McCulloch focused particular attention on the role of social media in covering the story, which he blamed for misleading the public and making the investigation of Brown's death fraught from the start.

What Internet Users Know about Technology and the Web

Location:
Pew Internet & American Life Project, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

American Internet users’ knowledge of the modern technology landscape varies widely across a range of topics, according to a new knowledge quiz conducted by the Pew Research Center as part of its ongoing series commemorating the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

Carriers Issue Billions in Debt As Spectrum Auction Bids Top $36 Billion

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
2

As bids in an unexpectedly hot auction for US wireless spectrum topped $36 billion, carriers went about issuing billions of dollars in debt for when the time comes to pay for it.

$36B auction shows network neutrality is no threat to investment

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

When President Barack Obama called for network neutrality, AT&T said the sky would fall. It warned that a policy banning internet providers from giving special treatment to some websites over others would lead companies to stop investing in new network capacity. So much for that.

Verizon promises not to sue over net neutrality -- if FCC avoids utility rules

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

Verizon is trying to convince the Federal Communications Commission that it won't sue to block network neutrality rules as long as they're issued without reclassifying broadband providers as utilities.

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