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

FCC Raises Fresh Concerns Over ‘Zero-Rating’ by AT&T, Verizon

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

The Federal Communications Commission raised new concerns about AT&T’s practice of excluding its new DirecTV Now streaming service from data charges and, for the first time, lobbed similar questions at Verizon Communications.

Commissioner Pai on FCC's zero-rating investigation

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

This end-run around Congress’s clear instruction is sad—and pointless. For any unilateral action taken by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Chairman’s direction in the next 49 days can quickly be undone by that same bureau after January 20, 2017.

Commissioner O'Rielly on FCC's zero-rating investigation

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

In light of the multiple directives we have received from Congress to avoid directing attention and resources to complex or controversial matters, the staff of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is inappropriately pressing forward and escalating its investigation of certain providers’ zero-rated video services.

Facebook plans to invest $20 million in affordable housing projects

Location:
Facebook, 1601 S California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, 94304, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook has agreed to invest $20 million in affordable housing initiatives after facing intense criticism for failing to help low-income residents in Silicon Valley where the technology boom has exacerbated displacement and gentrification.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Dead, and That's Good for Internet Freedom

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is on its deathbed. After international outcry and intense grassroots organizing, US lawmakers from both parties rejected the 12-country deal, including every leading presidential candidate.

How Trump Term Could Shape the Internet

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

Republicans who generally oppose regulation seem likely to take charge at the Federal Communications Commission.

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

FCC Raises Fresh Concerns Over ‘Zero-Rating’ by AT&T, Verizon

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

The Federal Communications Commission raised new concerns about AT&T’s practice of excluding its new DirecTV Now streaming service from data charges and, for the first time, lobbed similar questions at Verizon Communications.

Commissioner Pai on FCC's zero-rating investigation

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

This end-run around Congress’s clear instruction is sad—and pointless. For any unilateral action taken by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Chairman’s direction in the next 49 days can quickly be undone by that same bureau after January 20, 2017.

Commissioner O'Rielly on FCC's zero-rating investigation

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

In light of the multiple directives we have received from Congress to avoid directing attention and resources to complex or controversial matters, the staff of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is inappropriately pressing forward and escalating its investigation of certain providers’ zero-rated video services.

Facebook plans to invest $20 million in affordable housing projects

Location:
Facebook, 1601 S California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, 94304, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook has agreed to invest $20 million in affordable housing initiatives after facing intense criticism for failing to help low-income residents in Silicon Valley where the technology boom has exacerbated displacement and gentrification.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Dead, and That's Good for Internet Freedom

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is on its deathbed. After international outcry and intense grassroots organizing, US lawmakers from both parties rejected the 12-country deal, including every leading presidential candidate.

How Trump Term Could Shape the Internet

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

Republicans who generally oppose regulation seem likely to take charge at the Federal Communications Commission.

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