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The Future of American Broadband Is a Comcast Monopoly

The Federal Communications Commission released a new, 182-page Communications Marketplace Report it claims proves the US broadband industry is awash with vibrant competition. In reality, consumer groups, third-party data and the report itself paint a starkly different picture; one where consumers increasingly only have access to just one Internet service provider: Comcast.

Democratic Reps Who Haven't Supported Net Neutrality Yet Have All Taken Money from Telecoms

The Democratic Reps staying mum on network neutrality have all taken campaign contributions from major telecommunication companies, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Democratic Reps have until Dec 10 to get 218 signatures for the Congressional Review Act that would overturn Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's Restoring Internet Freedom order. This would require every Democratic Rep and a few Republican Reps.

Prisons Want Cell Phone Jammers to Stop Inmates from Communicating With the Outside World

In June the Department of Justice released a report that declared a solution to prevent criminal activity from happening within prisons: it successfully tested a jammer that would block mobile signals from smuggled cell phones inside a Maryland prison. Throughout the corrections world the news spread fast.

America’s Internet Freedom Rating Dropped Due to the Repeal of Net Neutrality

Freedom House, a US-based pro-democracy think tank, releases an annual report that analyzes the amount of internet freedom in countries around the world, and assigns a score to each country. While America still has a high level of internet freedom, the loss of net neutrality protections, privacy laws, and the merging of major telecom companies caused its rating to drop in 2018. “It is depressing but not unexpected,” said Josh Tabish, the Ford/MDF Technology Exchange Fellow at Fight for the Future.