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The Emerging World of Broadband Public–Private Partnerships: A Business Strategy and Legal Guide

Location:
Benton Foundation, 727 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, United States
Recommendation:
3

It is an era of unprecedented interest in broadband as a platform of economic and community development. Advanced communications networks are increasingly recognized as a growing engine for economic activity, democratic participation, healthcare, and education. Local governments, in particular, increasingly embrace opportunities to develop next-generation broadband in their communities—and to reap the many benefits that broadband will deliver to their residents and businesses. Emerging public–private partnership (P3) models present a promising alternative to the traditional “municipal broadband” or “middle mile” models for the many communities that lack the capital or expertise to deploy and operate fiber networks, or to act as Internet service providers (ISPs) on their own. These models include: 1) Public facilitation of private investment, 2) Public funding and private execution, and 2) Shared investment and risk.

Municipal Fiber in the United States: An Empirical Assessment of Financial Performance

Location:
University of Pennsylvania, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, United States
Recommendation:
2

The authors conducted an analysis of every municipal fiber project in the United States based on the authoritative documentation issued by the cities, specifically the official legal disclosures filed with securities regulators when issuing municipal bonds and their audited financial statements.

“My” Media Versus “The” Media: Trust in News Depends on Which News Media You Mean

Location:
Media Insight Project, 1155 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637, United States
Recommendation:
2

For years, studies have shown Americans’ trust in the news media is steadily declining. In recent months, the rise of so-called fake news and the rhetoric of President Donald Trump about journalists being “the enemy of the people” have made the question of trust in a free press an even more prominent issue facing the country. At the same time, data show that over the past decade, people have been consuming more news than ever. How are we to explain the apparent paradox?

Reclassification and Investment: An Analysis of Free Press’ “It’s Working” Report

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States
Recommendation:
1

Free Press recently released a report on the capital expenditures of broadband service providers entitled, It’s Working: How the Internet Access and Online Video Markets are Thriving in the Title II Era.

Digital gap between rural and nonrural America persists

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Rural Americans have made large gains in adopting digital technology in recent years, but they remain less likely than nonrural adults to have home broadband, smartphones and other devices.

News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

Location:
Joan Shorenstein Center on The Press, Politics and Public Policy, 79 JFK Street John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

Gigabit Broadband Availability Reaches Over 200M Globally, 56 Million in the US

Location:
Viavi, 430 N. McCarthy Blvd, Milpitas, CA, 95035, United States
Recommendation:
2

Just shy of 220 million people worldwide have gigabit broadband availability, according to the latest Gigabit Monitor from test and measurement vendor Viavi. That’s roughly 3 percent of the world population.

Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

A record 46 million seniors live in the United States today, and older Americans – those age 65 and older – now account for 15% of the overall U.S. population. Pew Research Center surveys find that seniors are moving towards more digitally connected lives.

Net Neutrality, Reclassification and Investment: A Further Analysis

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States
Recommendation:
1

Central to the debate over the Federal Communications Commission's reclassification of broadband as a "common carrier" telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 is the effect on broadband network investment.

Coda Study: Viewers Trust, Believe Local TV News

Recommendation:
2

While national news outlets continue to debate the “fake news” controversy, new evidence confirms that consumers are not questioning the veracity of their local television newscasts, sports reports, weather forecasts and traffic updates.

Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online

Recommendation:
1

Internet subcultures take advantage of the current media ecosystem to manipulate news frames, set agendas, and propagate ideas. Far-right groups have developed techniques of “attention hacking” to increase the visibility of their ideas through the strategic use of social media, memes, and bots—as well as by targeting journalists, bloggers, and influencers to help spread content.

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Digital Inclusion and Outcomes-Based Evaluation

Location:
Benton Foundation, 727 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, United States
Recommendation:
2

In recent years, government agencies, private foundations, and community-based organizations have increasingly sought to understand how programs that promote digital inclusion lead to social and economic outcomes for individuals, programs, and communities. This push to measure outcomes has been driven, in part, by a larger trend to ensure that dollars are being used efficiently to improve lives rather than simply to deliver services. A new report, published by Benton Foundation, describes the challenges facing community-based organizations and other key stakeholders in using outcomes-based evaluation to measure the success of their digital inclusion programs and offers recommendations toward addressing these shared barriers.

It’s Working: How the Internet Access and Online Video Markets Are Thriving in the Title II Era

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Financial and marketplace evidence demonstrates that the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order is an absolute success, accomplishing its stated goal of preserving and promoting the online ecosystem’s “virtuous cycle of investment.” ISP investments accelerated following the vote. Investments in the edge, including those by online video providers and edge computing firms, are up as well.

At the Edges of the National Digital Platform

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Libraries straddle the information needs of the 21st century. The wifi, computers and now mobile hotspots that some libraries provide their patrons are gateways to a broad, important, and sometimes essential information resources. The research summarized here examines how rural libraries negotiate telecommunications environments, and how mobile hotspots might extend libraries' digital significance in marginalized and often resource-poor regions.

Study: Ohio Statewide Broadband Office, Investment Fund Could Help Boost Rural Access

Location:
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 43210, United States
Recommendation:
2

A recent study by Ohio State University researchers found broadband access severely lacking in the state’s rural areas, a deficit they reported could yield significant economic growth if corrected — but if resolved could also lead to other, unintended consequences.

Liberals and conservatives are similarly motivated to avoid exposure to one another's opinions

Location:
University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Canada
Recommendation:
3

Ideologically committed people are similarly motivated to avoid ideologically crosscutting information.

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Digital Inclusion and Outcomes-Based Evaluation

In recent years, government agencies, private foundations, and community-based organizations have increasingly sought to understand how programs that promote digital inclusion lead to social and economic outcomes for individuals, programs, and communities. This push to measure outcomes has been driven, in part, by a larger trend to ensure that dollars are being used efficiently to improve lives rather than simply to deliver services. A new report, published by Benton Foundation, describes the challenges facing community-based organizations and other key stakeholders in using outcomes-based evaluation to measure the success of their digital inclusion programs and offers recommendations toward addressing these shared barriers. This new research builds off Dr. Colin Rhinesmith’s Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives, released in early 2016.

The John Oliver effect: Visualizing public comments (from Trump to expletives) on the FCC's net neutrality rollback

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

In the days following John Oliver's Sunday video on network neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission's public comment filing page has blown up. Indeed, the volume of commentary was over 10 times the amount Oliver inspired over the same number of days in 2014, when his influence was widely credited with encouraging the FCC's decision to reclassify internet service providers under Title II regulations a few months later.

White House launches a commission to study voter fraud and suppression

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Donald Trump signed an executive order that sets up a commission to review his controversial allegations of widespread voter fraud, along with reports of voter suppression.

Buying spree brings more local TV stations to fewer big companies

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The local television landscape in the US has undergone major changes in recent years, as a wave of consolidations and station purchases have made some broadcast media owners considerably larger.

‘Respect print and grow digital’: Survey of over 400 local journalists reveals optimism

Location:
University of Oregon, 1585 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR, 97403, United States
Recommendation:
3

"What's it like to work at a local newspaper?” That’s the question we asked journalists across the United States at the end of 2016, as part of a new study supported by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

Americans Uneasy About Data Privacy After FCC Rule Repeal

Location:
AnchorFree, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A vast majority of Americans—95 percent—say they are concerned about businesses’ collection and sale of their personal information without permission, according to a survey taken after the recent rollback of federal privacy rules for broadband providers.

Americans’ Attitudes About the News Media Deeply Divided Along Partisan Lines

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
4

Democrats and Republicans, who already tend to place their trust in different news sources and rely on different outlets for political news, now disagree more than ever on a fundamental issue of the news media’s role in society: whether news organizations’ criticism of political leaders primarily keeps them from doing things they shouldn’t – or keeps them from doing their job.

CTIA Annual Wireless Industry Survey: Americans’ Wireless Data Usage Continues to Skyrocket

Location:
CTIA, 1400 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

CTIA released its Annual Wireless Industry Survey, which found Americans used a record 13.72 trillion megabytes (MBs) of mobile data in 2016, an increase of over 4 trillion MBs over 2015 and 35 times the volume of traffic in 2010.

RTDNA Research: The business of TV news

Location:
Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), 529 14th Street, NW The National Press Building, Washington, DC, 20045, United States
Recommendation:
3

This is the fourth of nine installments for 2017 in a series of reports developed from Radio Television Digital News Association's (RTDNA) annual survey of newsrooms across the United States.

CBO Scores the MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act of 2017

Location:
Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Second and D Streets, SW Ford House Office Building 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20515-6925, United States
Recommendation:
3

The MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act of 2017 (S 770) would direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to provide resources to small businesses to help them reduce their cybersecurity risks.

Did network neutrality keep broadband out of low-income neighborhoods?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A big reason current network neutrality rules need to get the boot, says Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, is that they're curbing broadband investment in low-income neighborhoods — cutting off important information and services 21st-century citizens access via high-speed Internet. But were these 2015 rules, which aimed to prevent companies that bring Internet into homes from favoring their own content over others, really the culprit?

An Evaluation of 2016 Election Polls in the U.S.

Location:
American Association for Public Opinion Research, One Parkview Plaza, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 60181, United States
Recommendation:
3

The 2016 presidential election was a jarring event for polling in the United States. But did the polls fail? And if so why? Those are the central questions addressed in this report, which was commissioned by the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

The Net Neutrality Debate: Access to Broadband Networks

Location:
Congressional Research Service, 101 Independence Avenue, SE Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 20540-7500, United States
Recommendation:
3

The announcement that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai offered a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reexamine the rules adopted in 2015, with an eye to considering a less regulatory approach, has once again opened up the debate over what the appropriate framework is to ensure an open Internet.

Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action

Location:
Joan Shorenstein Center on The Press, Politics and Public Policy, 79 JFK Street John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
3

Recent shifts in the media ecosystem raise new concerns about the vulnerability of democratic societies to fake news and the public’s limited ability to contain it. The relatively small, but constantly changing, number of sources that produce misinformation on social media offers both a challenge for real-time detection algorithms and a promise for more targeted socio-technical interventions.

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