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Weekly Digest

What Are Politicians Saying About Comcast/Time Warner Cable? (Part III)

With both the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission reviewing Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable, many elected officials are weighing in on the potential benefits and pitfalls of the deal. Comcast has noted that nearly 70 mayors and more than 60 additional state and local officials have gone on record as proponents of the proposed merger.

Weekly Digest

Who Should Pay for Universal Service?

Although news about Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable started to percolate this week (and there will be much more next week – we promise), we reach back today to look at a small action taken by the Federal Communications Commission earlier this month that could lead to a loud debate down the road.

Weekly Digest

#NetNeutrality News Never Sleeps (Even in August)

August in Washington (DC) is hot and muggy. Especially in an election year, denizens abandon the city and policy news generally grinds to a halt. But when the future of the Internet is at stake, there’s no break in the news.

President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Reid Back Net Neutrality

Weekly Digest

Can Online Public Files Combat the Flood of Money in Elections?

Time for our own disclosure: Michael Copps and Andrew Schwartzman, mentioned below, are both compensated writers for Benton’s Digital Beat blog. Schwartzman is the Benton Senior Counselor at the Public Interest Communications Law Project at Georgetown University Law Center's Institute for Public Representation (IPR). A past Benton Foundation grant supported the Campaign Legal Center’s efforts to require broadcasters to make their public inspection files available online.