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

A Milestone in Expanding Broadband to Rural America

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

On Aug 27, the Federal Communications Commission reached a major milestone in its mission to connect rural America to robust broadband. Aug 27 was the deadline for some of the nation's largest phone companies to decide whether to accept "Phase II" funds from the FCC's Connect America Fund to expand broadband to their rural customers.

Wi-Fi blocking debate far from over

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Wi-Fi blocking debate far from over months after the Federal Communications Commission warned that it would no longer tolerate the Marriotts of the world blocking visitors’ Wi-Fi hotspots.

NAB, NATOA Sue FCC Over Effective Competition Decision

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have filed suit in federal court to block the Federal Communications Commission's decision that cable operators are subject to effective competition unless proved otherwise.

Who’s online right now? The public can track which federal Web sites are most popular.

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

The public and federal agencies now know how many people are clicking on the biggest federal Web sites at any given moment, starting with the most popular.

Twitter sets employee diversity targets

Location:
Twitter (new home), 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
1

Twitter announced several diversity objectives. The company’s workforce is 34% female. By next year, the social media site wants to boost that number to 35%.

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How the FCC is Bringing Broadband to Rural America

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

Earlier in 2015, the Federal Communications Commission found that broadband deployment in the United States -- especially in rural areas -- is failing to keep pace with today’s advanced, high-quality voice, data, graphics and video offerings.

FCC Authorizes Additional Price Cap Carriers to Receive Almost $950 Million in Phase II Connect America Support

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

By this Public Notice, the Wireline Competition Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission authorizes AT&T Services, CenturyLink, Inc, Cincinnati Bell Telephone Company LLC, and Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. to receive Connect America Phase II modelbased support for the states identified below.

US court hands win to NSA over metadata collection

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns.

Moving From Dot-Com to Not-Com

Location:
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), 1875 I (EYE) Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
1

There’s a downside to the relative freedom and lack of gatekeepers on the Internet, including that most anyone can buy a Web address that ends in “.com.”

Satellite Technology and Spectrum Key to Better Weather Forecasting

Location:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW Room 5128, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
1

Ten years ago, one of the deadliest hurricanes in history struck the Gulf Coast, decimating coastal cities and communities from Gulfport (MS) to New Orleans (LA).

Verizon did kill wireless contracts, but only for new customers

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
1

Verizon Wireless' announcement three weeks ago that it's no longer offering contracts and device subsidies was missing one caveat: customers who are still on contracts can continue to renew them and get new phones under the traditional subsidy model.

You can't escape the campaign ad

Location:
Democratic National Committee, 430 South Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Democratic National Committee met in Minneapolis (MN) the week of Aug 24. Among the items on the agenda was a strategy to transform the party’s voter databases into something they can use to target online ads.

FCC Group Presents Multiple Post-CableCARD Paths

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

As expected, an Federal Communications Commission-appointed committee on Aug 28 presented the FCC with multiple paths toward a post-CableCARD world for retail video devices, including downloadable video security options that would allow for competitive user interfaces.

Commissioner Wright Will Be Missed at the FTC

Location:
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP (AGG), 1775 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington , DC, 20006, United States

Commissioner Joshua D. Wright left the Federal Trade Commission to return to his faculty position at George Mason University.

European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google

Location:
Council of the European Union, Rue de la Loi 175, Brussels, B-1048, Belgium
Recommendation:
2

In private sessions in the summer of 2015, giant publishers and media companies from Germany, France and elsewhere have met with European officials about proposals to regulate Europe’s digital economy.

FTC Announces PrivacyCon, Issues Call to Whitehat Researchers and Academics for Presentations

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

The Federal Trade Commission will host a conference in January examining cutting-edge research and trends in protecting consumer privacy and security.

PrivacyCon: The research search is on

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

It’s called PrivacyCon and the first-of-its-kind FTC event is scheduled for January 14, 2016. The conference will examine trends in protecting consumer privacy, with a focus on original research findings.

US tech policy needs real tech research behind it

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

So how can the Federal Trade Commission better protect consumers and promote innovation as personalization, connected cars, health and fitness devices, and other technologies emerge? By making sure our work is informed by the best minds helping to drive the digital revolution.

Ensuring the Resiliency of Our Communications Infrastructure

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

I'm circulating a proposal to my colleagues that would enhance the security and reliability of undersea cable, a key piece of the Internet's physical infrastructure.

AT&T and Verizon CAF Plans for Rural Broadband Heading in Two Different Directions

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

AT&T and Verizon Connect America Fund plans were revealed, and it appears they have differing views on their rural broadband future.

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