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Sharpening Blades in the FCC's Regulation Weed Wacker

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai (in)famously said, “We need to fire up the weed whacker and remove those rules that are holding back investment, innovation, and job creation.” On June 1, 2018, we learned a bit about how far fol

How Nonprofits Help Digitally Disadvantaged Communities Connect

There is, of course, a digital divide among low-income Americans, but there is also what we at TechSoup call an organizational digital divide. Many nonprofits themselves are low-income and benefit greatly from low-cost, uncapped broadband.

Happy GDPR Day

On May 25, the European Union’s new data and privacy law takes effect.

Politics v. Antitrust: We Draw the Line

Let’s remember that the core notion of democracy underlying antitrust is the value of individual opportunity, free from the workings of political or economic power.

An Historic Vote for Net Neutrality in the Senate

For well over a decade, the debate on how best to ensure protections for broadband customers has bounced around Washington, DC.

After Senate Vote on Net Neutrality, DC Responds

After the Senate's vote to restore the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 net neutrality rules, everyone seemed to have an opinion. 

Bringing Back Privacy

[Commentary] Our privacy framework no longer works. It must be changed. Now. Let’s begin by requiring “opt-in.” Before any business shares our personal data, we should have to grant it permission to do so, up-front and right at the outset. Then le

T-Mobile/Sprint Reaction from Near and Far

After the announcement T-Mobile would swallow Sprint, here's the reaction.

Why Is FCC Chairman Pai Dragging His Feet?

[Commentary] More than four months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its network neutrality rules, the rules adopted in 2015 are technically still on the books. And we still do not know when the repeal will take effect.

Net Neutrality and Our Freedom to Think and Speak

[Commentary] A few years ago, Yale Law School Professor Jack Balkin explained that “a system of free speech depends not only on the mere absence of state censorship, but also on an infrastructure of free expression.”  He wisely observed that polic