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Op-ed

Defining Success in the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II Auction

Carol Mattey
Carol Mattey

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction will be the first significant U.S. effort to use competitive bidding to address the digital divide in rural America.

Op-ed
Analysis

Digital Inclusion and Equity: Why Now

I was recently on a panel discussion that focused on “digital inclusion and equity” and part of my assignment was to address this question: Why are we talking about digital inclusion and equity now in a way that is different from, say, eight years ago? The obvious answer – very different presidential administrations – only touches the surface.

Weekly Digest

FCC Repeals 2015 Net Neutrality Protections

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 December 11-15, 2017

November 27 - December 1, 2017
Weekly Digest

'Restoring Internet Freedom', Or the End of Net Neutrality?

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 27 - December 1, 2017

Analysis

Antitrust is Law Enforcement

At the end of October, Jonathan Baker, Fiona Scott Morton, and I organized a day-long conference entitled Unlocking the Promise of Antitrust Enforcement. Our premise was simple: In a time when the purpose and future of antitrust is again an important topic of political discourse, we need to understand what antitrust enforcers can do today with the laws that exist right now.

Benton Editorial

Transparency Isn’t the End, We Need Responsive Leadership

News reports indicate that we should expect to see Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal on net neutrality rules this week in advance of a December 14 vote on the rules. Whatever you think about net neutrality, Chairman Pai's move to release FCC rules before they are voted on is a step in the direction of good government. Transparency is a key ingredient to facilitate democratic participation, accountability, and trust in government.

Benton Editorial

FCC, Do No Harm

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will soon release a draft order that eliminates the FCC's rules that protect broadband internet access service customers from many abuses by their broadband providers.

Analysis

What's the FCC Doing to the Lifeline Program?

On November 16, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on an item that will impact the commission's Lifeline program, which provides discounts on telecommunications services for qualifying low-income consumers. On October 26, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released a draft of the item in advance of the November vote. Here we break down the rules that the FCC plans on changing immediately at the November meeting, the new proposals the FCC is seeking comment on, and the more general evaluation the FCC is launching into the program's "ultimate purposes."