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Verizon just blatantly betrayed net neutrality by excluding its video app from data caps

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

The Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality rules, passed in 2015, explicitly ban Internet providers from a number of discriminatory measures like throttling and blocking, but there's evidently a huge loophole that every major wireless carrier in the US has rushed to exploit.

Twitter suspends over 125,000 accounts for 'promoting terrorist acts'

Location:
Twitter (new home), 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
2

Twitter has shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, the company said, most of them linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Twitter has said it only takes down accounts when they are reported by other users, but said that it has increased the size of teams monitoring and responding to reports and has decreased its response time "significantly."

How 2016 changed what we thought we knew about the Iowa caucuses

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

In the 2016 Iowa caucus, advertisement spending wasn't the key to victory. If we plot vote percentage against the percent of spending among candidates who survived to the caucuses, there's very little correlation.

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board gives high marks to spying reforms

Location:
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), 2100 K. St NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) gave a positive assessment to the Obama Administration’s efforts to reform federal spying powers, saying the government has started to enact reforms addressing each of the nearly two dozen recommendations it made two years ago, on the heels of Edward Snowden’s leaks about American surveillance.

Chairmen Upton and Walden Press FCC on Lack of Consistent Reporting on Broadband Competition

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

House Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler concerned with the commission’s reporting on broadband deployment, video competition, and mobile wireless competition.

FCC Chairman Wheeler Response to Senators Regarding Municipal Broadband

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

In a letter to eight Republican senators, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler tried to ease concerns about the FCC’s support for municipal broadband networks.

One More Tool to Help Bring Broadband to Rural America

Location:
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20250-0002, United States
Recommendation:
2

“What can I do to bring broadband to my rural community?” That’s a question a lot of people from rural communities are asking, and it’s good to know that now there is one more way to help those without a rural broadband plan to bring high-speed internet service to their homes and businesses.

Blame Politics for the US’ Embarrassingly Slow LTE

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

The US lagging behind the rest of the world in LTE is not a particularly new phenomenon. The gap is, though, getting starkly worse.

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