Charles Benton 1931-2015


Visionary Film Distributor and Philanthropist Helped Reinstitute Presidential Debates

Charles Benton, the founder and chairman of the Benton Foundation, was a determined, passionate, and agile businessman and philanthropist who, over many decades, pursued a vision of empowering people to use the latest communications tools to improve the lives of all.

We regret to report that on April 29, 2015, Mr Benton, 84, died at his home in Evanston from complications from renal cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie, daughter Adrianne Furniss, son, Craig, and five grandchildren.

Family, friends, and colleagues remember Charles Benton not just for his many accomplishments, but his passion and enthusiasm; his values and persistent vision; his positive attitude, indomitable spirit and continuous optimism.

Read more ... and see Missing Charles by Michael Copps


As Hillary Clinton has become a threatening force for Republicans in presidential contest 2016, at first sight this piece gives an impression of... read more
Mr. Copps can't get through two paragraphs without turning to populist demagoguery, envy and contempt for people and corporations who have committed... read more
Any form of “Master Key” or “Backdoor” is a security vulnerability and it WILL be discovered and leveraged by unauthorized parties. Regardless of... read more
Public utilities can't do that (sell a list of every phone number you call), right? One more reason the Internet should be treated as a "... read more
one more thing whatsapp also allows us to set cool whatsapp status: whatsapp status read more
Blair Levin responds: King Solomon sent his advisers in search of something that could make a happy person sad and a sad person happy. All failed,... read more
This farmer had only one horse, and one day the horse ran away. The neighbors came to condole over his terrible loss. The farmer said, "What makes... read more
A Declaration of Interdependence, I like that. A new age of sharing and cooperation. Super fast broadband deployment to try and make us number 1 in... read more
It indeed appears that zero rating is discriminatory if the traffic is carried for no charge. How about, however, if the originator of the traffic... read more
WiFi or Part 15 non-licensed transmitters are well regulated under FCC's Part 15 and Fraud and Criminal activities are regulated by State and Federal... read more

Digital Beat Blog

How do we define “in the public interest” in the Digital Age? Here’s unique perspectives on communications policy debates.

Our Work

ConnectED/E-rate Reform

The E-rate program was established in 1997 and represents the federal government’s largest education technology program. Learn More

Phone to Fiber

On our way to an all-IP future, how do we ensure that our newest technologies continue to support some of our oldest values? Learn More


The Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income consumers. Learn More


The Benton Foundation and Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) are exploring a potential digital literacy campaign that targets older adults. Learn More

Tracking Legislation

Congress is poised to make a number of critical yet irreversible decisions this year and next that will shape our communications future for decades to come. Learn More

Implementing the National Broadband Plan

America is on the verge of vast new broadband-driven digital transformation that promises to make life more livable, businesses more productive, jobs more plentiful, and the Internet more accessible. Learn More

Mergers & Acquisitions

Benton has made it easier to track regulatory review of major telecommunications mergers and acquisitions. Learn More

The New Network Compact

The New Network Compact: Making the IP Transition Work for Vulnerable Communities highlights the concerns of vulnerable communities in the move from telephone to broadband networks. read more

Benton Mobile

Install the app on your Android device.

If you have don't have an Android device you can access the app through your mobile browser.

Upcoming Events