Sam Gustin

A new bill could finally ban predatory inmate phone costs

March 8, a bipartisan group of US Senators introduced the Inmate Calling Technical Corrections Act that aims to restore federal authority to crack down on what prison reform advocates call the “usurious,” “abusive,” and “exploitative” business pra

Trump Is About to Find Out What Happens When You Mess With the Open Internet

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, met on April 4 with broadband industry officials to discuss how best to dismantle the legal basis underpinning the FCC's 2015 Open Internet net neutrality policy.

Internet Activists Plot 2018 Electoral Revenge Against Republican Privacy Sellouts

Open internet advocates are developing political strategies and street-level tactics designed to hold Republicans accountable in the 2018 midterm elections for what privacy watchdogs are calling one of the most brazen corporate giveaways in recent

How Mignon Clyburn, the FCC’s Lone Democrat, Is Fighting to Save Net Neutrality

As President Trump's Republican Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai moves to roll back a variety of Obama-era initiatives, the agency's sole remaining Democrat, Mignon Clyburn, is mounting a vigorous defense of the FCC's pro-consum

Here’s How Trump’s FCC Privacy Rollback Puts Your Internet Data at Risk

President Donald Trump's newly-installed Federal Communications Commission chief moved to halt a key policy protecting online privacy and data security on March 1, in what public interest advocates called the latest Trump-era attack on FCC consume

Here’s Why Net Neutrality is Essential in Trump's America

"Net neutrality is not simply about technology," said Steven Renderos, Organizing Director at the Center for Media Justice. "It's about the everyday people who use it and whether they will have the right to be heard online.

Here's How Net Neutrality Advocates Will Fight Trump's FCC

"Donald Trump is going to have to pry net neutrality from my cold dead hands," said Winnie Wong, a leading political organizer and co-author of the Women's March on Washington unity principles.

Trump’s FCC May Let ISPs Sell Your Private Data Without Your Consent

If you like your online privacy rights, can you keep them? Under President Donald Trump, the chances are grim.

Why Rep Marsha Blackburn’s Rise Is Bad News for Net Neutrality and Science

Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the arch-conservative who has received mountains of campaign cash from the telecommunication industry, has been chosen by the GOP to lead the House Communications Subcommittee, a key Congressional subcommittee with bro

How FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Became a Net Neutrality Champion

When Tom Wheeler was tapped by President Barack Obama to lead the Federal Communications Commission in 2013, many public interest advocates were skeptical, if not downright hostile, toward his appointment, because of his lengthy background as a to