Wall Street Journal

In Defense of Net Neutrality

Location:
World Wide Web Foundation, Route de Chêne 30, Geneva, 1208, Switzerland

As the battle around net neutrality rages again, we need to take stock, and ask ourselves: What is the debate really about, and why should business leaders and entrepreneurs care?

Rural America is Stranded in the Dial-Up Age

Location:
USA, United States

In many rural communities, where available broadband speed and capacity barely surpass old-fashioned dial-up connections, residents sacrifice not only their online pastimes but also chances at a better living.

Judge Backs Making Consumer Websites Accessible to Blind

Location:
United States District Court Florida Southern District Court, 400 North Miami Avenue Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse, Miami, FL, 33128, United States

US District Judge Robert Scola ruled that grocery chain Winn-Dixie Stores must make its website accessible to the blind, following an unprecedented trial over a gray area of accessibility law.

Facebook Building Feature to Let Users Subscribe to News Publications

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook may soon help its users do something unfamiliar on the platform: pay for news. The social-media giant is building a feature that would allow users to subscribe to publishers directly from the mobile app, apparently.

Trump Aides Pressing for More Restraint on Twitter

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Donald Trump’s aides have also been pressing for more restraint by the president on Twitter, and some weeks ago they organized what one official called an “intervention.”

FCC’s Internet-Rules Revamp Likely to Bring Big Changes Online

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

The Federal Communications Commission is set to move forward with a plan that would blow up the rules that have governed the internet in recent years and essentially start anew, opening the door to fundamental shifts in consumers’ online experiences.

Who Needs the Daily Press Briefing?

Location:
Wagner College, 1 Campus Rd, Staten Island, NY, 10301, United States
Recommendation:
2

Every new administration complains that the daily briefing is a charade that allows the media to batter the White House’s policy. Yet no matter how badly the press secretary is doing, no president has gone so far as to cancel it. The reason is that the briefing is a powerful weapon against the opposition and Congress.

The FCC Gets Set to Free Wireless

Location:
Mobile Future, 1325 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Federal Communications Commission is launching initiatives that will shape the fate of America’s wireless industry.

Verizon Wins Bidding War for Straight Path Communications

Location:
Straight Path Communications, Glen Allen, VA, United States
Recommendation:
4

Verizon Communications will buy Straight Path Communications for about $3.1 billion, after beating rival AT&T in an unusually intense bidding war for the wireless-spectrum holder.

Why a Cable Deal is Bad for the Phone Industry

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

The first wireless deal after a government-imposed hiatus is bad news for the biggest carriers and could scramble the likely outcomes of other anticipated combinations.

Comcast, Charter to Strike Wireless Partnership

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
1

Apparently, Comcast and Charter will announce a wireless partnership, agreeing not to make a material merger or acquisition in wireless without the other’s consent for one year.

Uber Faces Federal Criminal Probe Over ‘Greyball’ Software

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation into Uber’s use of software as part of the company’s program known as “Greyball” that helped drivers avoid local regulators.

After Posting of Violent Videos, Facebook Will Add 3,000 Content Monitors

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook said it would hire 3,000 more staffers to review content in an attempt to curb violent or sensitive videos on its site without scaling back its live-streaming tools.

Make the Net Neutral Again

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he’ll advance his network neutrality proposal under a notice and comment procedure, instead of offloading the rules with a blunt agency tool known as a declaratory ruling.

A Wary Tech Sector Is Booming in the Land of Trump

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Silicon Valley wasn’t a happy place when Donald Trump was elected president.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Faces Balancing Act in Net Neutrality Rollback

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai faces a tough challenge in coming days: rolling back network neutrality rules that he regards as an overreach, without reaching too far himself.

Investors, Don’t Get Too Excited About the FCC’s Net Rules

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Shares of broadband providers have run up since the election on the hope that the Trump administration will bring a lighter touch to telecom policy. But even with looser network neutrality rules on the horizon, little may actually change.

Altice USA IPO Seen Raising More Than $1 Billion, Valuing Company at Over $20 Billion

Location:
Altice SA, 3 boulevard Royal, Luxembourg, L-2449, Luxembourg
Recommendation:
3

Altice USA filed paperwork to go public April 11, in an offering that would raise more than $1 billion, apparently.

Google Pays Female Workers Less Than Male Counterparts, Labor Department Says

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
2

An investigation of Google has found it systematically pays female employees less than their male counterparts, US Department of Labor officials said, a claim that adds to allegations of gender bias in Silicon Valley.

FCC Chief Ajit Pai Develops Plans to Roll Back Net Neutrality Rules

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

Apparently, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai laid out preliminary plans to roll back the agency’s network neutrality rules in a meeting with trade associations. The conversation shows that the FCC chairman is inching closer to making his plans public, possibly as soon as April.

FCC Tees Up Rule Change That Could Spur Wave of TV Industry Mergers

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal regulators plan to reverse an Obama-era rule that prevented major television-station owners from buying stations or readily selling themselves, a move that could touch off a wave of deals among media companies.

State Department Press Room Goes Dark — At Least for Now

Location:
Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States
Recommendation:
2

For the first six weeks of the Trump Administration, the State Department didn’t hold a single on-camera press briefing — long a fixture of US diplomatic communications — finally beginning them on March 7. Less than three weeks later, they’ve stopped again.

Geoffrey Fowler: Facebook Wants to Help You Be a Better Citizen

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Facebook wants to get us more politically active in the real world. Facebook has rolled out a nonpartisan civic engagement service in the US called Town Hall.

A President’s Credibility

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

If President Donald Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that President Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

Time Warner and AT&T Are a Deal-Anxiety Barometer

Location:
Wall Street, 11 Wall Street, New York, NY, 10005, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Trump administration at times wears its populist hat and at others its pro-business hat. When it comes to antitrust enforcement, investors are betting it is sporting the latter.

Web Browsers, Not Apps, Are Internet Gatekeepers for the ‘Next Billion’

The number of internet users world-wide has roughly doubled in the past eight years to around 3.5 billion. The people who have come aboard in the past few years are spending their time in something that was overshadowed long ago in developed countries by apps: the mobile web browser.

Google Faces New EU Complaint Over Android

Location:
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

A group of Google adversaries announced a new formal complaint to the European Union’s antitrust watchdog over the Alphabet unit’s behavior with its Android mobile-operating service.

ZTE to Pay $892 Million to U.S., Plead Guilty in Iran Sanctions Probe

Location:
ZTE, Shenzhen, 44, 518057, China
Recommendation:
3

Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp has agreed to pay $892 million and plead guilty to violating US sanctions on Iran and obstructing a federal investigation, ending a five-year probe that has raised trade tensions between the US and China.

Facebook, Rushing Into Live Video, Wasn’t Ready for Its Dark Side

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

On orders from Mark Zuckerberg, more than 100 employees at Facebook were put into what the company calls “lockdown” when they showed up for work one Thursday early in 2016. They had been plucked from other projects to focus on the chief executive’s top priority—making it possible for more than a billion Facebook users to stream video live. Zuckerberg had made a snap decision near the end of a product meeting in his glass-walled office in Menlo Park (CA), to work around the clock to roll out Facebook Live, which took just two months.

SoftBank Orchestrates Satellite Deal to Expand Internet Reach

Location:
Intelsat, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Recommendation:
2

Japanese telecom company SoftBank Group is orchestrating a deal between US satellite startup OneWeb and debt-laden satellite operator Intelsat SA in an attempt to deliver faster and cheaper internet connections world-wide.