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

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Still A Lot To Do

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

While I celebrate the great grassroots movement that the Open Internet cause has fired up, I know we still have a long way to go before we can declare victory. The big Internet Service Providers (Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T), their business partners, and their armada of hired lobbyists are working even harder now because they are beginning to realize that this might not be the slam-dunk they hoped for as recently as a couple of months ago. They know the power of the money they wield—but I think it is beginning to dawn on them that a true grassroots firestorm just might be able to trump their almighty dollar.

Connecting All Schools and Libraries -- Learning from State Strategies and Data

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

Outreach to state and school district staff and library leaders has been a critical element of the E-rate modernization process. Federal Communications Commission staff has been in frequent contact with staff from school districts, state agencies, libraries, and research and education networks (RENs) from across the country. These outreach efforts provide important insights on the varying approaches that states are taking to the challenge of delivering high-speed broadband to all schools and libraries. Much of the knowledge gained from our outreach is compiled in the State Connectivity Profiles.

America should not shrug at its cyber vulnerability

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
2

There is a strange complacency about massive data breaches.

Green resigns top spot at Zuckerberg's FWD.us

Location:
FWD.us (DC), Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

FWD.us President Joe Green has resigned as head of the tech-backed immigration reform group.

For White House Cyber Czar, Being Called a Noob Comes with the Territory

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

Michael Daniel, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, courted controversy when he gave an interview on his role setting cyber policy for the Obama administration. But it wasn’t his thoughts on how the government can better protect its IT systems from intrusions or how the feds should respond to cyberattacks that caused a fuss. It was his résumé.

Congressional Conservatives Tip Scales to the Right on the Sunday Shows

Location:
American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC, DC, 20016, United States
Recommendation:
2

The parade of politicians on the Sunday morning talk shows veers to the right, not the left. Conservative members of the current Congress have appeared more often on the network talk shows than their liberal counterparts. Senators and representatives from the conservative end of the ideological spectrum have made 57 percent of the appearances, compared with 42 percent for liberals, according to data collected by American University.

The invasion of corporate news

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The lines between journalism and PR are rapidly becoming blurred as business interests bypass traditional media to get their message across.

Strengthening Our Cyber Community

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

Just as a neighborhood bands together to raise its collective safety, we can work as a community to strengthen our collective defenses to make it harder for those who wish to cause harm.

Netflix tells Canada regulator it shouldn't subsidize 'old media'

Location:
Canada, Canada
Recommendation:
1

Netflix told Canada's broadcast regulator that it opposes paying to support "old media" and its own commercial interests and market dynamics were enough to ensure it distributed Canadian content.

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Where Are We In The Net Neutrality Debate?

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Easily, network neutrality won the week in telecommunications wonkland. September 15 was the latest deadline for public comment at the Federal Communications Commission as it tries again to recraft what it calls Open Internet rules which, in the simplest terms, means treating all Internet traffic equally. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing called Why Net Neutrality Matters: Protecting Consumers and Competition Through Meaningful Open Internet Rules, and the FCC held four forums on the topic. With so much activity, it is wise to take a breath and figure out where we are.

Timothy Berners-Lee slams Internet fast lanes: ‘It’s bribery.’

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

A quarter-century ago, Timothy Berners-Lee designed the world's first Web browser and server, kicking off a thing that people started calling the World Wide Web. Now he says that system is in danger from Internet service providers (ISPs) who stand to amass too much power over what was intentionally built as a decentralized network -- one where no single actor could dictate outcomes to everyone else.

FCC Enforcement Bureau: Title II, Wireless Net Regulations Definitely On Table

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler that he is seeking dialog and thoughtful exchanges "so that we can search for the equities in [network neutrality]." He said the challenge in coming up with new Open Internet rules is to discover solutions that represent the multiplicity of interests and "legitimate positions" surrounding network neutrality.

Protecting What’s Best About the Internet

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

The New America Foundation is part of a broad coalition of public interest groups, tech companies, and consumer advocates that have called for the Federal Communications Commission to implement strong network neutrality protections grounded in the soundest possible legal framework -- which we believe means reclassifying broadband under Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act and applying fundamental common carriage principles to Internet access.

National Minority Organizations Want an Open Internet with Everyone Online

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

In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing solicitation for feedback on how to preserve an open Internet, 45 leading civil rights organizations came together to file Reply Comments in the Open Internet proceeding.

Former AT&T partners petition FCC to block DirecTV bid

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

More than ninety former business partners of AT&T are demanding the Federal Communications Commission block the wireless carrier's $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, saying the company engaged in anti-competitive behavior and violated fiduciary duty.

AT&T’s friends: Meet the companies and politicians “enthusiastic” about DirecTV buy

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

Customers, consumer advocacy groups, and small cable companies are speaking out against AT&T’s proposed purchase of DirecTV. But just as Comcast was able to claim broad support for its Time Warner Cable merger, AT&T has plenty of moneyed interests and politicians on its side.

RFD-TV Praises AT&T In Merger Comments

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

Flush with victory after AT&T agreed to carry the rural TV channel, RFD-TV had some encouraging words for the DirecTV acquisition in comments at the Federal Communications Commission.

Netflix Seeks OVD Conditions on AT&T/DirecTV

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

Netflix told the Federal Communications Commission that without conditions guarding against what it suggests are anticompetitive paid peering and data cap practices, the FCC should not approve the AT&T/DirecTV deal.

Comcast makes its case to FCC, listing its disruptors

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

Comcast filed with the Federal Communications Commission a detailed response to questions asked by the FCC.

Web companies give support to government-run Internet

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

The Internet Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission to consider blocking state laws that ban cities from building out their own Internet networks.

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