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Telecom giants spent $11m on first-quarter lobbying

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Major internet service providers spent more than $11 million on lobbying amid fights over privacy rules and a coming showdown over net neutrality.

The US government’s ‘witch hunt’ to root out a Trump critic has now sparked an investigation

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States
Recommendation:
3

The federal government’s effort to root out an anonymous critic of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies has sparked an investigation into whether officials abused their authority by demanding that Twitter reveal the identity of one of its users, according to a letter released April 21.

Sen Markey Gets Some Massachusetts Tech Support for Internet Fight

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA) said Massachusetts tech leaders, including Microsoft, were pledging to join his fight to protect network neutrality.

Lessons Learned from the Trump Campaign

Location:
TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ, 07928, United States
Recommendation:
3

There is unlikely to be another presidential campaign like the one that made Donald Trump our 45th president last year. But there are lasting lessons for local broadcasters to be derived from it.

O'Rielly Remarks at Broadband Deployment Advisory Cmte. Meeting

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

I hope this committee will take a holistic approach when reviewing possible technology solutions. The Commission has tried to maintain a principle near and dear to me of technology neutrality.

International Efforts to Regulate the Internet Continue

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

Over the last several years, we’ve been lectured by many that the US position on Internet governance was no longer sustainable in the larger, global community.

FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting

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

All three commissioners were in attendance April 21 as the Federal Communications Commission hosted the first meeting of the newly constituted Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, created by FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Kickoff

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

Whether you are discussing how to address the thorny issues of access to poles, ducts, or conduit, I ask that you think about the impact your decisions will have on consumers. And when you are debating franchising model codes, I ask you to think about the impact the contours of that code will have on consumers in the franchise area. In particular, I ask that you keep the following three points in mind.

Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment

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

High-speed broadband is an increasingly important gateway to jobs, health care, education, information, and economic development. Access to high-speed broadband can create economic opportunity, enabling entrepreneurs to create businesses, immediately reach customers throughout the world, and revolutionize entire industries.

Sinclair Announces Station Takeover One Day After Trump's FCC Votes to Loosen Ownership Caps

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

On April 20, the Federal Communications Commission voted to reinstate an obsolete loophole called the UHF discount that will allow broadcast conglomerates to exceed congressionally mandated national TV audience coverage limits. April 21, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation’s largest television station conglomerate, announced a $240 million deal to buy 14 television stations owned by Bonten Media Group.

UK Delays Review of 21st Century Fox Deal for Sky

Location:
Ofcom, 2a Southwark Bridge Road Riverside House, London, SE1 9HA, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
3

Britain postponed on its regulatory review of 21st Century Fox’s proposal to take full control of the British satellite television giant Sky until after the country’s general election in June.

As US prepares to gut net neutrality rules, Canada strengthens them

Location:
Canada, Canada
Recommendation:
3

Canada is taking a much stronger stand against data cap exemptions than the United States. In the US, the Federal Communications Commission's new Republican leadership signaled that it won't enforce network neutrality rules against zero-rating, the practice of favoring certain Internet content by exempting it from customers' data caps.

STUDY: Cable News Morning Shows Drastically Skew White And Male

Location:
Media Matters for America, 455 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Media Matters analysis of morning shows on cable news networks from January 1 to March 31 found that white men make up an overwhelming percentage of guest appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC's morning shows.

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