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

Frontier sued for alleged misuse of $40.5 Million in federal broadband stimulus funds

Location:
West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 1900 Kanawha Blvd, Charleston , WV, 2305, United States
Recommendation:
3

Frontier's woes in West Virginia have come to a new head as competitive provider Citynet is suing Frontier over abusing $40.5 million in federal stimulus funds to build a broadband network that would lock out competitors in the state.

FCC Approves Telcordia As the Next Local Number Portability Administrator

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Federal Communications Commission released an Order giving final approval to a recommendation that Telcordia Technologies serve as the nation’s next Local Number Portability Administrator, or LNPA. The LNPA oversees the critical system that allows consumers and businesses to keep their phone numbers when they switch providers, promoting choice and competition. Acting on the recommendation of its numbering advisory committee, the North American Numbering Council, the Commission found that Telcordia can meet the strict conditions set by the FCC to ensure reliability, security, and competitive neutrality of the numbering system.

What does the US government know about Russia and the DNC hack?

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Potentially unpleasant news for FBI Director Jim Comey: We need you to intervene in the 2016 election again. There is significant evidence that individuals acting at the direction of or on the behalf of Russia—the degree of coordination is unclear—are attempting to use organizational doxing to influence the United States presidential election.

How Spectrum Enables Agencies to Fight Wildfires

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and the National Interagency Incident Communications Division (NIICD) are responsible for coordinating communications when federal agencies are managing wildfires. Portable radios, which require access to radio frequency spectrum, are the primary communications tool for firefighters.

Netflix’s cable box deal with Comcast won’t exempt it from data caps

Location:
Netflix, 100 Winchester Cir., Los Gatos, CA, 95032, United States
Recommendation:
3

Netflix and Comcast will be available on the same cable box later in 2016, but Netflix video will still count against Comcast data caps. The deal raised questions about whether Netflix would be exempt from Comcast data caps, but it has already been decided.

How Sponsored Content Is Becoming King in a Facebook World

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

For some publishers unsettled by a fast-changing online advertising business, sponsored content has provided much-needed relief. In recent years, publications large and small have invested in teams to make sponsored content — written stories, videos or podcasts that look and feel like journalistic content — hoping to make up for declines in conventional advertising.

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

Frontier sued for alleged misuse of $40.5 Million in federal broadband stimulus funds

Location:
West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 1900 Kanawha Blvd, Charleston , WV, 2305, United States
Recommendation:
3

Frontier's woes in West Virginia have come to a new head as competitive provider Citynet is suing Frontier over abusing $40.5 million in federal stimulus funds to build a broadband network that would lock out competitors in the state.

FCC Approves Telcordia As the Next Local Number Portability Administrator

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Federal Communications Commission released an Order giving final approval to a recommendation that Telcordia Technologies serve as the nation’s next Local Number Portability Administrator, or LNPA. The LNPA oversees the critical system that allows consumers and businesses to keep their phone numbers when they switch providers, promoting choice and competition. Acting on the recommendation of its numbering advisory committee, the North American Numbering Council, the Commission found that Telcordia can meet the strict conditions set by the FCC to ensure reliability, security, and competitive neutrality of the numbering system.

What does the US government know about Russia and the DNC hack?

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Potentially unpleasant news for FBI Director Jim Comey: We need you to intervene in the 2016 election again. There is significant evidence that individuals acting at the direction of or on the behalf of Russia—the degree of coordination is unclear—are attempting to use organizational doxing to influence the United States presidential election.

How Spectrum Enables Agencies to Fight Wildfires

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and the National Interagency Incident Communications Division (NIICD) are responsible for coordinating communications when federal agencies are managing wildfires. Portable radios, which require access to radio frequency spectrum, are the primary communications tool for firefighters.

Netflix’s cable box deal with Comcast won’t exempt it from data caps

Location:
Netflix, 100 Winchester Cir., Los Gatos, CA, 95032, United States
Recommendation:
3

Netflix and Comcast will be available on the same cable box later in 2016, but Netflix video will still count against Comcast data caps. The deal raised questions about whether Netflix would be exempt from Comcast data caps, but it has already been decided.

How Sponsored Content Is Becoming King in a Facebook World

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

For some publishers unsettled by a fast-changing online advertising business, sponsored content has provided much-needed relief. In recent years, publications large and small have invested in teams to make sponsored content — written stories, videos or podcasts that look and feel like journalistic content — hoping to make up for declines in conventional advertising.

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