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

President Obama: The TPP would let America, not China, lead the way on global trade

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

As a Pacific power, the United States has pushed to develop a high-standard Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that puts American workers first and makes sure we write the rules of the road for trade in the 21st century. Let’s seize this opportunity, pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership and make sure America isn’t holding the bag, but holding the pen.

The government wants your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Should that be allowed?

Location:
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

How far can the government go to obtain biometric markers such as fingerprints and hair?

Democratic Reps Push FCC's Wheeler on Public File Access Pledge

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

A quartet of powerful Democratic Reps has asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to act on a pledge they say he made to their caucus recently and make TV station public inspection files—and cable, satellite and radio files when the requirement kicks in for them—machine readable so they can be more easily searched and inspected.

Verizon, AT&T and others sign Wireless Network Resiliency agreement, will cooperate during emergencies

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

The nation's five largest mobile carriers are backing an initiative that would help them to share information and fix network outages during disasters and other emergencies.

How the shows you watch determine which candidates’ ads you see

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
2

We took data for 51 of the shows with the most 2016 advertising and made a tool that lets you compare which shows you watch with the campaigns most likely to focus their ad spending on those programs.

FCC set-top box plan raises alarms among House Judiciary leaders

Location:
House Judiciary Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street Rayburn House Office Building -- 2141, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The top lawmakers the House Judiciary Committee are worried that a Federal Communications Commission proposal to open up the market for the set-top boxes that consumers use to watch television could lead to "an expansion" in the distribution of pirated content.

Sen Schumer wants probe into 'spying billboards'

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Charles Schumer (D-NY) is urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a billboard company that helps advertisers target customers by using location and shopping information from people’s mobile phones. Sen Schumer expressed concern that these “spying billboards” by the company Clear Channel Outdoor could be violating Americans’ privacy.

Sprint Announces Wireless Lifeline Services Partnership with i-wireless

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sprint announced it has entered into an agreement with i-wireless, LLC to strengthen its position as a leader in the wireless Lifeline services industry. The partnership will merge Sprint’s Assurance Wireless and i-wireless’ Access Wireless into one entity.

What is corruption?

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
Recommendation:
2

hat exactly is corruption? Political scientists have identified three variants of the concept emerging from the legal world: quid pro quo corruption, monetary influence and distortion. Each flavor of corruption is neatly featured in the 2016 campaign season.

Modernizing public sector IT management

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Over the past 10 weeks we have featured 22 ideas that represent outdated practices or modes of thinking when it comes to public sector information technology (IT) management. ...

What we learned about online nonprobability polls

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

For decades the gold standard for public opinion surveys has been the probability poll, where a sample of randomly selected adults is polled and results are used to measure public opinion across an entire population. But the cost of these traditional polls is growing each year, leading many pollsters to turn to online nonprobability surveys, which do not rely on random sampling and instead recruit through ads, pop-up solicitations and other approaches. The advantages of these online surveys are obvious – they are fast and relatively inexpensive, and the technology for them is pervasive. But are they accurate?

US spy court rejected zero surveillance orders in 2015

Location:
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The secretive US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court did not deny a single government request in 2015 for electronic surveillance orders granted for foreign intelligence purposes, continuing a longstanding trend, a Justice Department document showed.

Google and Microsoft have made a pact to protect surveillance capitalism

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States
Recommendation:
2

] Microsoft and Google, two of the world’s greatest monopolies, have been bitter rivals for nearly 20 years. But suddenly, in late April, they announced a startling accord. The companies have withdrawn all regulatory complaints against one another, globally. Rather than fighting their battles in public courts and commissions, they have agreed to privately negotiate.

The Critical Hole at the Heart of Our Cell Phone Networks

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

SS7, also known as Signaling System No. 7, refers to a data network—and the series of technical protocols or rules that govern how data gets exchanged over it.

What do Americans want Congress to do about net neutrality?

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission’s latest attempt at Open Internet rules may soon be struck down in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Are so-called “bright-line” approaches even necessary and proven to ensure an Open Internet? And if the FCC’s rules succeed in court, does the will of the people truly align with the agency’s plans to regulate the Internet?

Hulu Plans Full Cable and Broadcast Channel Streaming

Location:
Hulu, 12312 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90064, United States
Recommendation:
3

Hulu, until now primarily a rerun service for episodes of broadcast television shows, is apparently working to create a more robust offering that would stream entire broadcast and cable channels to consumers for a monthly fee.

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