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Benton Foundation provides free, daily summaries of articles concerning the quickly-changing telecommunications policy landscape.

Critics warn FCC will choke off online TV

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission proposed new regulations that would expand its definition of cable and satellite TV services to also include new types of online video that go beyond services like Netflix or Hulu. Opponents of the new regulations are warning that the agency will inadvertently ruin the future of TV.

Senators Resolve to Promote Internet of Things

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

A group of Senators has introduced a resolution calling for prioritizing and accelerating the development and deployment of the Internet of Things. Sponsoring the resolution were Sens Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Brian Schatz (D-HI).

Will FirstNet Become the Next Healthcare.gov?

Location:
State of Washington, 210 11th Ave. SW, Suite 300, Olympia, WA, 98504, United States
Recommendation:
1

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) appears headed down a path similar to the original Healthcare.gov. We can recognize the danger signs.

AT&T drops goal of deploying 40,000 small cells by end of 2015, citing benefits of Leap deal

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
1

AT&T no longer plans to deploy 40,000 small cells on its network by the end of 2015, a goal that had been a key element of its Project Velocity IP (VIP) network initiative. The carrier is not saying how many small cells it plans to deploy by the end of 2015, but said that its 2014 acquisition of Leap Wireless removed the need to deploy as many small cells as it originally had planned because the deal gave AT&T more macro cell sites for capacity.

Who Retweets Whom? How Digital and Legacy Journalists Interact on Twitter

Location:
Tow Center for Digital Journalism, 2950 Broadway Columbia University - Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY, 10027, United States
Recommendation:
2

Traditional journalists’ online interactions primarily focus on others from their professional sector. This was manifestly not the case, however, for digital journalists.

The FTC wants to know how companies are tracking you across computers and smartphones

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
1

Consumers these days connect to the Internet using lots of devices -- a person might move almost seamlessly between a laptop or tablet at home to browsing on a smartphone during a commute. Companies are increasingly trying to capture that movement to build more comprehensive profiles of people. And now the Federal Trade Commission says it will look into just what this so-called "cross-device tracking" means for consumers.

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Benton Foundation provides free, daily summaries of articles concerning the quickly-changing telecommunications policy landscape.

Critics warn FCC will choke off online TV

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission proposed new regulations that would expand its definition of cable and satellite TV services to also include new types of online video that go beyond services like Netflix or Hulu. Opponents of the new regulations are warning that the agency will inadvertently ruin the future of TV.

Senators Resolve to Promote Internet of Things

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

A group of Senators has introduced a resolution calling for prioritizing and accelerating the development and deployment of the Internet of Things. Sponsoring the resolution were Sens Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Brian Schatz (D-HI).

Will FirstNet Become the Next Healthcare.gov?

Location:
State of Washington, 210 11th Ave. SW, Suite 300, Olympia, WA, 98504, United States
Recommendation:
1

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) appears headed down a path similar to the original Healthcare.gov. We can recognize the danger signs.

AT&T drops goal of deploying 40,000 small cells by end of 2015, citing benefits of Leap deal

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
1

AT&T no longer plans to deploy 40,000 small cells on its network by the end of 2015, a goal that had been a key element of its Project Velocity IP (VIP) network initiative. The carrier is not saying how many small cells it plans to deploy by the end of 2015, but said that its 2014 acquisition of Leap Wireless removed the need to deploy as many small cells as it originally had planned because the deal gave AT&T more macro cell sites for capacity.

Who Retweets Whom? How Digital and Legacy Journalists Interact on Twitter

Location:
Tow Center for Digital Journalism, 2950 Broadway Columbia University - Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY, 10027, United States
Recommendation:
2

Traditional journalists’ online interactions primarily focus on others from their professional sector. This was manifestly not the case, however, for digital journalists.

The FTC wants to know how companies are tracking you across computers and smartphones

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
1

Consumers these days connect to the Internet using lots of devices -- a person might move almost seamlessly between a laptop or tablet at home to browsing on a smartphone during a commute. Companies are increasingly trying to capture that movement to build more comprehensive profiles of people. And now the Federal Trade Commission says it will look into just what this so-called "cross-device tracking" means for consumers.

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