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Since 1996, the Benton Foundation has provided free, daily summaries of articles concerning the quickly-changing telecommunications policy landscape. Since September 2005, we've used individual stories to help track developments in telecommunications legislation, the media ownership debate and efforts to ensure universal broadband.

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

3 Ways Governments Are Working to Make Broadband Universally Accessible

Location:
Austin, TX, United States
Recommendation:
2

How is government enabling broadband? The state of Utah, the city of Austin, Texas, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida all offer compelling examples of the ways in which government at various levels is attempting to tackle the problem.

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The Facebook Election Machine

As the 2016 Presidential primaries were starting in February, we looked at the digital tools offered by Facebook and Google to help voters gain information -- and be reached by candidates. Then, we were worried about people who don’t have Internet access or, god forbid, don’t use Facebook. A few articles we read this week now makes us more concerned for the people who do use Facebook. Obviously, even back in February we knew that convenient access to political news and debate through Facebook comes with some cost -- political spin, intrusive ads, and reduced privacy. And we knew then that news outlets were losing their primacy in political discourse -- Internet search results and ‘trends’ are now as integral as old-fashioned polls. In this atmosphere, we wondered, whose voices are being amplified? A set of articles gives us a peek behind the curtain.

FCC Review of State Opt-Out Requests from FirstNet, et al.

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

This Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addresses the 758-769/788-799 MHz band, which the Federal Communications Commission licensed to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on a nationwide basis pursuant to the provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. The Report and Order adopts rules intended to resolve the remaining questions posed in the 2013 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in these dockets.

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

3 Ways Governments Are Working to Make Broadband Universally Accessible

Location:
Austin, TX, United States
Recommendation:
2

How is government enabling broadband? The state of Utah, the city of Austin, Texas, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida all offer compelling examples of the ways in which government at various levels is attempting to tackle the problem.

benton logo

The Facebook Election Machine

As the 2016 Presidential primaries were starting in February, we looked at the digital tools offered by Facebook and Google to help voters gain information -- and be reached by candidates. Then, we were worried about people who don’t have Internet access or, god forbid, don’t use Facebook. A few articles we read this week now makes us more concerned for the people who do use Facebook. Obviously, even back in February we knew that convenient access to political news and debate through Facebook comes with some cost -- political spin, intrusive ads, and reduced privacy. And we knew then that news outlets were losing their primacy in political discourse -- Internet search results and ‘trends’ are now as integral as old-fashioned polls. In this atmosphere, we wondered, whose voices are being amplified? A set of articles gives us a peek behind the curtain.

FCC Review of State Opt-Out Requests from FirstNet, et al.

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

This Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addresses the 758-769/788-799 MHz band, which the Federal Communications Commission licensed to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on a nationwide basis pursuant to the provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. The Report and Order adopts rules intended to resolve the remaining questions posed in the 2013 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in these dockets.

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