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Commissioner Clyburn vows to fight for net neutrality at rally

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

Mignon Clyburn, the lone Democratic commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, joined with activists on Capitol Hill to commemorate the anniversary of the agency's landmark network neutrality rules and vowed to fight to defend them.

Trump: New York Times has 'evil' intentions

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Donald Trump lashed out at The New York Times in an interview with Breitbart News, saying that he can handle rough treatment from the media but that the nation’s largest newspaper is out to sink him at any cost.

How Does Donald Trump Think His War on the Press Will End?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

No matter what the president says, no matter who he calls fake, the best journalists will be doing what they must. They’ll be reporting. Fearlessly, fairly, truthfully, and relentlessly. And nothing the president says will stop them.

FCC Chairman Pai’s Alternative Personalities, Facts, Economics and Law—Part Two

Location:
Penn State University, State College, PA, 16801, United States
Recommendation:
3

Who made the following public statement: "What would be best for consumers? My view is pretty simple. Our goal should not be to unlock the box; it should be to eliminate the box. If you are a cable customer and you don’t want to have a set-top box, you shouldn’t be required to have one. This goal is technically feasible, and it reflects most consumers’ preferences—including my own."

FCC Chairman Pai’s Alternate Facts Part 3, Privacy "Protection" for Broadband Consumers

Location:
Penn State University, State College, PA, 16801, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has opposed broadband consumer privacy protection safeguards largely based on a false dichotomy: that Internet content providers, like evil Google and Facebook could collect, process and exploit consumer usage data, while ISPs could not.

Rural broadband bills fail to advance in Colorado

Location:
Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO, 80203, United States
Recommendation:
3

In Jan, Gov John Hickenlooper (D-CO) announced the creation of a broadband office that he said would move the state from 70 percent to 80 percent coverage by the end of 2018 and to 100 percent by 2020. He'll likely have to do it with little to no help from the General Assembly.

Commissioner O'Rielly Statement on Commission Consideration of Broadband Privacy Interim Stay Order

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

As I indicated in my dissenting statement when the previous Commission adopted these rules, I believe they are fatally flawed from the standpoints of both statutory authority and public policy. I support the Chairman's proposal to allow the Commission and Congress time to take another look at these ill-considered rules before they have a chance to throw broadband providers' data security practices into unsettled territory.

Sen Markey Joins Public Interest Groups in Opposition to Congressional Plan to Kill Online Privacy

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) laid down another marker on the issue of broadband privacy, headlining a press conference with privacy groups vowing to fight Republican efforts in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission to roll back FCC broadband privacy rules.

Rep Pallone Seeks GAO Study of Broadband Privacy Oversight

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Government Accountability Office has been asked by House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to study the status of broadband privacy regulatory authority over both Internet service providers and the edge.

Sen King Leads Letter Calling on FCC to Protect Broadband Funding for Rural Healthcare Clinics

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Angus King (I-ME) led five of his colleagues, including Sen Susan Collins (R-ME), in sending a bipartisan letter calling on the Federal Communications Commission to work to avoid cuts or spending reductions to the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program, which helps deliver vital health care services and telemedicine to people who live in rural areas by providing funding for broadband.

USDA Helps Expand Broadband Service in Rural Illinois and Oklahoma

Location:
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20250-0002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning announced that the US Department of Agricutlure is awarding $19.3 million in loans to provide broadband in rural portions of Illinois and Oklahoma.

Not Enemy of the People, Just Doing Our Jobs

Location:
News Media Alliance, 4401 Wilson Boulevard (Formerly the Newspaper Association of America), Arlington, VA, 22203-1867, United States
Recommendation:
3

We are in uncharted times. Republicans and Democrats alike are adding their voices in protest to recent attacks by President Trump and others on the media.

How the Trump White House is trying to intimidate journalists

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

Attacks on the press by President Trump and his aides are so frequent that they blur together. But not all attacks are the same. Some, such as the “opposition party” label applied by White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, are aimed at the entire mainstream media. Others target certain news outlets, such as the “failing” New York Times and “fake news” CNN. Still others zero in on individual journalists

Trump’s Former Labor Nominee Claims He Was Victim Of ‘Fake News Tsunami’

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Andy Puzder didn’t work out as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary, but the fast-food executive would fit in well on the president’s communications team. Puzder argued that his nomination was sunk in large part by biased journalists, who he said carried out a “fake news tsunami” against him.

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