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Sinclair, the FCC and Things Going Wrong—But for How Long?

Talk about a curveball. Last week, FCC Chairman Pai struck a potentially fatal blow to a deal that President Trump favored, the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media.

If it had gone through, the deal would have had a major adverse impact on future election cycles, making Sinclair the king of the hill with unfettered capabilities to control political advertising and messages across all of its stations.


The Secret to Smart Policies About Smart Cities

Remarks of

Blair Levin

Brookings Metropolitan Project

at the

Next Century Cities Conference

Pittsburgh, PA

July 25, 2018



I want to talk about the secret to smart policies about smart cities. 

Weekly Digest

How Do You Change the Net Neutrality Debate?

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 July 16-20, 2018


Under Assault


Michael J. Copps
Michael Copps


From Availability to Accessibility: Hyper-Local Public-Private Partnerships

In 2016, Libraries Without Borders established the Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI) to expand the access and accessibility of information to families waiting for their clothes to wash and dry in laundromats. This article discusses the private-public partnerships between small, mom-and-pop laundromat businesses and library branches that have made this work possible.