Digital Beat Blog

benton logo

Many Voices, Many Eyes Needed

With the quality of our telecommunications system for the 21st century at stake, Federal policymakers need to hear not just from the telecommunications industry. They need to hear from you.

benton logo

A Gift to the Nation

We have just a few days left in 2008, but there's still time for the Federal Communications Commission to give us a gift and correct a great error made on Election Day. There's overwhelming consensus that we should be moving to universal, affordable broadband. Here's how the FCC could set us on that course.

benton logo

Your Turn: Call for Broadband Action

Now it is your turn. Will you ask President-elect Obama to get started on a National Broadband Strategy?

benton logo

Another DTV Opportunity Missed by the FCC

Last Friday, with about just two months left until the digital television (DTV) transition is completed, Sen Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Rep Henry Waxman (D-CA) sent Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin a letter asking him to confine his last FCC actions to smoothing the DTV transition and matters that "require action under the law." In response, Chairman Martin canceled the FCC's scheduled monthly meeting on December 18. That's a bad idea and another lost opportunity for digital television.

benton logo

A Broadband Action Plan for America

In the Digital Age, universal, affordable, and robust broadband is the key to our nation's citizens reaching for - and achieving - the American Dream.

benton logo

Putting the Public Interest Back Into Communications Part II: Broadband for Everyone, Everywhere

An invitation to speak at the annual conference of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, has Charles Benton thinking about defining our communications goals for the next Administration.

benton logo

Putting the Public Interest Back Into Communications Part I: The Civil Rights Imperative

On September 18, Charles Benton was invited to speak at the annual conference of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Benton was asked to appear on a panel titled "The Future of Communications: What is Coming in a New Administration and Beyond?" In these uncertain times, however, maybe it is too much for anyone or any one panel, to predict what our telecommunications future will look like. We can - and we should - however, take this moment to define our communications goals.

benton logo

Children Now: The stakes are too high to sell children's needs short

September 23, 2008 Children Now's Patti Miller testified before the US Senate on food marketing to children. She said that because there is no uniform nutrition standard; because unhealthy products creatively labeled as "better for you" are being passed off as healthy food for children; and because the media companies refuse to play a role in protecting children from the advertising of unhealthy food products, current voluntary industry initiatives to curb unhealthy food marketing to kids are not enough.

benton logo

Why Broadband Matters

The Senate Commerce Committee meets September 16 to hear testimony on the consumer benefits of broadband service. The question of the day is Why Broadband Matters? Charles benton could offer a long list of reasons why broadband matters, but the list of reasons is too long to enumerate here because it is over 305 million names long. Broadband matters for every American.

benton logo

"This" Is Our Digital Future?

Chicago has a rich media history, having been the center of the emerging broadcast industry in the early 1920's, home to the first radio station to broadcast the World Series, the "Chicago School of Television," and the city that pioneered the daytime-talk show format. Chicago has been an innovator and provider of high-quality content when new capacity demands new content. The question now is: As broadcast television migrates toward digital technology is Chicago media situated to be an innovative leader again? Unfortunately, the answer is "no." As the capacity of television broadcasters multiples with the migration to digital technology, far from acting as a model in creating new content and services, Chicago broadcasters are failing the community, mostly looking to the past for quick and cheap "solutions."

benton logo

Saving Red Lion

I was troubled to read over the weekend that the major broadcast television networks have filed briefs at the Supreme Court challenging Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. Federal Communications Commission, one of the seminal cases in the history of US broadcasting and a decision that strikes the correct balance of rights between broadcasters and citizens.

benton logo

The Future of Universal Service is Broadband

On Tuesday, a House hearing will consider the future of communications in America. The question of the day is whether America's future communications system should be based on 19th century technology - the telephone - or on 21st century digital broadband.

benton logo

Accelerating the Great Broadband Migration

We’re number 2! We’re number 2! China has now topped the United States in total number of broadband subscribers and its growth rate in this field doubles ours. In the U. S., we’re not used to being the runner-up. But when it comes to the Internet, we've become an “also ran” on the international scene.

benton logo

Intersection of Race and Telecomm Policy: Media Power in Wrong Hands Brings Neither "Peace of Mind nor Serenity of Spirit"

For over 30 years, Honig has devoted his life to advocating for greater diversity and minority participation in media and telecommunications, both heavily regulated industries. As Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and even the courts have shaped policies with far-reaching consequences, David Honig has steadfastly monitored communications issues and marshaled testimony and written countless briefs. His impact is unquestionable, even though the political climate has swung back and forth on such issues as affirmative action. Everyone who cares about minority representation in broadcasting knows that what progress has been made would be even less if not for Honig’s efforts.

benton logo

Will Kids Pay the Price for Recall Failures?

Will Kids Pay the Price for Recall Failures?

benton logo

Thoughts on the D Block/Public Safety Broadband Network Auction: Policy Right; Business Wrong

David Aylward is a founder and Director of COMCARE Emergency Response Alliance (www.comcare.org), President of National Strategies, Inc., and former Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the US House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance.

benton logo

Intersection of Race and Telecomm Policy: Andrew Schwartzman

The Benton Foundation is taking the opportunity to host a dialogue on the intersection of race and telecommunications policy. Today, a Q&A with Media Access Project President & CEO Andrew Jay Schwartzman.

Syndicate content