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Weekly Digest

Is AT&T/Time Warner a Bad Deal? Or Getting a Bad Deal?

Robbie McBeath
McBeath

You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Round-up, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The round-up is delivered via e-mail each Friday.

Round-Up for the Week of November 4-10, 2017

Op-ed

From Availability to Accessibility: Why the Detroit Public Library Began Partnering with Coin Laundromats

Availability ≠ Accessibility

Increasing the availability of information does not necessarily increase its accessibility. What’s the difference?

Margaret is a mother with two kids in elementary school. She purchases Internet for her family at home, but does not know how to use the school’s web portal to help her children find their homework assignments. In this case, the school’s web portal is technically available, but is it accessible? How do Margaret and her family learn the digital skills required to use the school’s web portal? 

June 11-15, 2018
Weekly Digest

AT&T-Time Warner and a Sea Change for the Internet

 You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Round-up, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The round-up is delivered via e-mail each Friday.

Round-Up for the Week of June 11-15, 2018

Benton Editorial

An Open Letter to My Daughters on Net Neutrality

Adrianne B. Furniss
        Furniss

Whenever we spend time together – and you give me grief for asking you, yet again, for help on something social media- or technology-related – I realize how freely you interact with digital technologies to consume, to share, to connect, and to learn. You and your peers are digital natives, well adapted to our new information era.

June 4-8, 2018
Weekly Digest

Sharpening Blades in the FCC's Regulation Weed Wacker

 You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Round-up, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The round-up is delivered via e-mail each Friday.

Round-Up for the Week of June 4-8, 2018

Op-ed

How Nonprofits Help Digitally Disadvantaged Communities Connect

Researchers at Purdue University maintain that the digital divide is the most critical issue of the 21st century. It is a persistent social problem that hobbles millions of Americans and one that multiple types of nonprofits work on. TechSoup donor partner Mobile Beacon has conducted some very interesting research on how nonprofits are getting digitally disadvantaged communities connected to the information economy. Here's what Mobile Beacon found.

May 21-25, 2018
Weekly Digest

Happy GDPR Day

 You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Round-up, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The round-up is delivered via e-mail each Friday.

Round-Up for the Week of May 21-25, 2018

Analysis

Politics v. Antitrust: We Draw the Line

Jonathan Sallet
Jonathan Sallet

A successful presidential candidate calls for the government to pursue specific antitrust actions against specific companies, while decrying concentrated corporate power. Last month, a United States Senator called for antitrust examination of companies that he asserts are harming democracy.

May 14-18
Weekly Digest

An Historic Vote for Net Neutrality in the Senate

 You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Round-up, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The round-up is delivered via e-mail each Friday.

Round-Up for the Week of May 14-18

 

Kevin Taglang
   Taglang

Benton Editorial

Mignon Clyburn, Speaking Up For You

Adrianne B. Furniss
        Furniss

May 9 marks the end of a chapter. But this book is still being written.

Today, we celebrate the many accomplishments of Mignon Clyburn, Federal Communications Commissioner.