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Is Facebook a 'Bug' in Our Democracy? Part 1

This article is the first in a series looking at Facebook's influence on our democratic discourse and elections. (see Part II and Part III)

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Weekly Digest

Now that the RAY BAUM’S Act is Law, What's In It?

 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 April 2-6


Kevin Taglang


Louis Brandeis: A Man for This Season

Benton Foundation

“If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold.”


Report Reveals Surprising Data About Mobile Broadband Usage in Schools

A recent Mobile Beacon report analyzing mobile broadband usage by non-profit organizations, including schools, finds that schools utilizing Mobile Beacon’s 4G LTE internet service indicate that the ability to supplement and/or extend existing school networks is the greatest benefit of the service.


A Cost-Effective Strategy to Connect Rural America

Extending broadband's reach to every American community has been a vexing problem for policymakers for years. Today, the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition offers research we believe will contribute to finding a solution. 


Setting the Bar for Public Funding: Aiming Higher with the Connect America Fund

The Federal Communications Commission concluded in a recent report that broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion, but there’s more work to be done. On the latter point, there’s widespread agreement.


Rep Mike Coffman Outlines a Net Neutrality Compromise

Remarks of Rep. Mike Coffman, Republican, Sixth District of Colorado 

INCOMPAS Policy Summit


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