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FCC Pressured to Release New Evidence on Net Neutrality’s Importance through Process Open to Public Input by NHMC and 20 Additional Groups

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

The National Hispanic Media Coalition filed a joint Motion, with 20 additional organizations, in the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding asking the FCC to enter into the record all open internet complaints, ombudsperson correspondence, and carrier responses since the 2015 Open Internet Order, and set a comment period to allow for public input on the new evidence.

Additional Stakeholder Input Could Inform FCC Actions to Promote Broadband Competition

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

The Government Accountability Office was asked to examine factors affecting broadband competition. This report covers (1) selected experts’ and stakeholders’ views on factors affecting broadband competition and (2) how Federal Communications Commission promotes broadband competition and examines consumers’ experience with it.

Altice USA Broadens Reach of Low-Cost Broadband Option

Location:
Altice USA, Oyster Bay, NY, United States

Altice USA said “Economy Internet,” an uncapped broadband service for low-income households, is now available across its Optimum (former Cablevision Systems) and Suddenlink footprints.

FCC Chairman Pai to Lawmakers: Sinclair/Tribune Review Has Been By the Book

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told House Commerce Committee Democrats that there has been no inappropriate coordination between the Trump White House, Sinclair and the FCC over the Sinclair/Tribune merger -- and that there has been no pattern of preferential treatment shown Sinclair in a deal whose vetting has been by the book and on a timetable common to such transactions, including under other regimes.

Sinclair insiders are sounding the alarm about its plans to transform local news

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

Current and former Sinclair employees, union representatives, and media experts have been speaking out in investigative reports about the damage Sinclair is doing to the public’s trust in local news, from Baltimore to Seattle and most recently in Providence

What will the internet look like without net neutrality? Just ask this sponsored data app

At first glance, Freeway looks like a good app. Through partnerships with content providers and mobile networks, Freeway can let users on limited wireless rate plans use services like YouTube, Facebook, and Spotify without eating into their precious data allowance. In return, Freeway charges a couple bucks per month through a mobile app, and also leverages sponsorships. In theory, it’s a neat way to help consumers access services without paying for an unlimited data plan or massive overage fees. But in practice, it creates the exact kind of anti-competitive environment net neutrality advocates are so afraid of.

2017 State of the States Report

Location:
EducationSuperHighway, 1 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States

More than 39 million students in America now have access to high-speed Internet at school, a 5.1 million student increase over last year.

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