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

Republicans Try to Pre-empt the FCC

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
2

Democrats in Congress and President Obama should be ready to defend the FCC.

White House preps expansive online privacy bill

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

Apparently, the White House is preparing to send a sweeping online privacy proposal to Congress that would restrict how companies like Google and Facebook handle consumer data while greatly expanding the power of the Federal Trade Commission to police abuses -- ideas that are likely to incite strong opposition in Congress.

Waze a danger to cops? Police reveal their own location on social media

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck has been vocal in his concerns about the Google-owned Waze app and its feature that allows users to point out where police are. But LA police themselves often reveal their location on social media.

Majority of UK broadband users satisfied with service, says Ofcom

Location:
Ofcom, 2a Southwark Bridge Road Riverside House, London, SE1 9HA, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
1

Almost one in 10 UK broadband users are still dissatisfied with their service, even as the number of people embracing internet based communications and media is rising.

Chairman Thune at American Enterprise Institute

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD), speaking about the upcoming network neutrality vote at the Federal Communications Commission, said, "The legal and regulatory uncertainty about what the FCC can and will do… has become a major problem for people both at the edge of the Internet and at its core. Congress, however, is the only entity that can settle this uncertainty, and I believe we can do so in a way that will empower the FCC with the strong tools many believe are needed to protect the Internet while simultaneously ensuring the agency is appropriately limited in its reach and authority.”

Ensuring rural access to reasonably priced video programming

Location:
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States
Recommendation:
1

The ability of providers of all kinds -- but especially small, rural providers -- to obtain video content at affordable rates and under reasonable terms and conditions will not only improve competition in the video services market but will also spur broadband investment and adoption in rural service areas.

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

Republicans Try to Pre-empt the FCC

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
2

Democrats in Congress and President Obama should be ready to defend the FCC.

White House preps expansive online privacy bill

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

Apparently, the White House is preparing to send a sweeping online privacy proposal to Congress that would restrict how companies like Google and Facebook handle consumer data while greatly expanding the power of the Federal Trade Commission to police abuses -- ideas that are likely to incite strong opposition in Congress.

Waze a danger to cops? Police reveal their own location on social media

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck has been vocal in his concerns about the Google-owned Waze app and its feature that allows users to point out where police are. But LA police themselves often reveal their location on social media.

Majority of UK broadband users satisfied with service, says Ofcom

Location:
Ofcom, 2a Southwark Bridge Road Riverside House, London, SE1 9HA, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
1

Almost one in 10 UK broadband users are still dissatisfied with their service, even as the number of people embracing internet based communications and media is rising.

Chairman Thune at American Enterprise Institute

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD), speaking about the upcoming network neutrality vote at the Federal Communications Commission, said, "The legal and regulatory uncertainty about what the FCC can and will do… has become a major problem for people both at the edge of the Internet and at its core. Congress, however, is the only entity that can settle this uncertainty, and I believe we can do so in a way that will empower the FCC with the strong tools many believe are needed to protect the Internet while simultaneously ensuring the agency is appropriately limited in its reach and authority.”

Ensuring rural access to reasonably priced video programming

Location:
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States
Recommendation:
1

The ability of providers of all kinds -- but especially small, rural providers -- to obtain video content at affordable rates and under reasonable terms and conditions will not only improve competition in the video services market but will also spur broadband investment and adoption in rural service areas.

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