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FCC Chairman Pai Vows to Stand Up To Trump Administration

Responding to a letter from 13 U.S.

Why Radical Deregulation Is Happening So Fast At The FCC

[Commentary] President Donald Trump has moved quickly to use Executive Orders and other plenary powers to deliver on some of his major campaign promises on issues such as immigration, the Dakota Access pipeline and appointment of a conservative Su

Benton Stands With Toby to Say "Don't Delete Big Bird"

A couple weeks ago, an adorable seven-year-old boy named Toby complained that President Donald Trump is “deleting PBS kids” just to pay for the wall.

Chairman Pai, Tell Us What You're Thinking About Freedom of the Press

[Commentary] Concerned with a “lack of full transparency,” all of the Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee wrote a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on March 10 asking him six questions on his views on the media a

A Little Part of the First Amendment Dies at FCC Oversight Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday, March 8. A good time was had by all. The committee’s senators highlighted a wide range of issues during the 2+ hour hearing.

Blame It On The Barcelona (Or Alternative Titles To Celebrate Alternative Facts)

[Commentary] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai delivered his first major address on the global stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Benton Welcomes Lifeline Proceeding, Urges Implementation of Program to Ensure Affordable Broadband

Today’s action by the Wireline Competition Bureau is a welcome step in the right direction.

Room for Journalists in Facebook's 'Global Community'?

[Commentary] Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently posted “Building Global Community” on his Facebook page, illustrating the company’s plans for developing the “social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works

Reactions to FCC Vote on ISP Transparency Regulation

The Federal Communications Commission voted to significantly expand an exemption from the transparency requirements on internet service providers that were enacted in the 2015 Open Internet Order.

First Lifeline, Now Broadband Program for Schools and Libraries in the FCC’s Crosshairs

First the new Federal Communications Commission majority revoked the approval of nine companies to become Lifeline providers, a move that will weaken the Lifeline program and widen the digital divide.