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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

2018 Charles Benton Digital Equity Award

If there’s anything that coming to a gathering like Net Inclusion really brings home, it is that addressing inequity is the responsibility of everyone in the community. None of us can solve a problem like digital inclusion working on our own.

What We Learned From Mark Zuckerberg This Week

After some 10 hours of testimony and questions from almost 100 politicians, we finally learned some things from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week. Just some things. But are we any closer to a regulatory solution? Probably not so much.

Is Facebook a 'Bug' in Our Democracy? Part 1

[Analysis] Is it time to recognize that Facebook, and ‘Big Tech’ at large, may be a bug in our democracy? The Cambridge Analytica story reveals the harmful effects of business models that rely on massive data collection. What is lost is our privac

Now that the RAY BAUM’S Act is Law, What's In It?

On March 23, 2018, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 1625, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. H.R.