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Gaping holes, confusion mar FCC’s data on political ad buys

Location:
Center for Responsive Politics, 1101 14th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20005-5635, United States
Recommendation:
3

Four years after it began requiring TV stations to upload their records of political ad sales to a central government website, the Federal Communications Commission maintains a recordkeeping system that makes finding out who an ad’s sponsor is feel like a treasure hunt. In 2012, the FCC approved a rule requiring broadcast stations in the largest markets to upload the files showing who bought time for political ads, how much they paid and other details, saving journalists and others from having to visit to individual TV stations to get the info.

The Broadband Question

Location:
NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
Recommendation:
5

An array of civil rights and tech organizations including the NAACP, New America's Open Technology Institute, the Benton Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology are urging NBC anchor and debate moderator Lester Holt (and the other debate moderators) to add a question about affordable broadband.

FCC Has Failed to Protect Voters' Right to Know Who Is Behind Political Ads in Election 2016

Location:
Campaign Legal Center, 215 E Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Sunlight Foundation and Benton Foundation filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to take immediate action against WCPO-TV of Cincinnati (OH) for failure to comply with the longstanding public file requirements of Section 315 of the Communications Act.

3 Ways Governments Are Working to Make Broadband Universally Accessible

Location:
Austin, TX, United States
Recommendation:
2

How is government enabling broadband? The state of Utah, the city of Austin, Texas, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida all offer compelling examples of the ways in which government at various levels is attempting to tackle the problem.

DC Circuit Sets Deadline for FCC Network Neutrality Response

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission has until Sept. 12 to respond to petitions by broadband providers including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, CenturyLink, and others for a full federal appeals court review of a panel decision upholding the agency's network neutrality rules. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit won't accept replies from broadband providers after that. After considering any filings from the FCC and its supporters, the full court will determine whether or not to rehear the case.

Next Century Cities Announces Three Winning Cities of the Benton Awards for Next Generation Engagement

Location:
Next Century Cities, 1200 18th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Next Century Cities announced the three winning cities of the inaugural Charles Benton Next Generation Engagement Awards: Raleigh (NC), Austin (TX), and Louisville (KY). The three cities were selected for proposing innovative programs that will use high-speed broadband to improve civic engagement and democratic participation.

Public Knowledge Files FCC Reply Comments Supporting Competitive Business Data Service Markets

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

Public Knowledge, along with other public interest organizations [including the Benton Foundation], filed reply comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on competition in the high-speed broadband “business data services” (BDS) market.

Big Telecom Wants a DC Circuit Net Neutrality Review. Here’s Why That’s Unlikely

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

The nation’s largest cable and telecommunication industry trade groups on July 29 asked a federal court for a rare “en banc” review of June’s decision upholding US rules protecting network neutrality, the principle that all content on the Internet should be equally accessible to consumers. “The likelihood that the full DC Circuit would agree to rehear the case, much less reverse the panel’s decision, is extremely remote,” Andrew Schwartzman, Benton Senior Counselor at the Public Interest Communications Law Project at Georgetown University Law Center's Institute for Public Representation, wrote in a recent article.

Austin (TX): A Model for Cities Working to Narrow the Broadband Gap?

Location:
City of Austin, 124 West 8th Street Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs, Austin, TX, 78767, United States
Recommendation:
4

In Austin (TX), population 885,000, some 55,000 residents say they don't use the Internet — at all. But the City Council refuses to accept this.

Tech groups want public probe of zero-rating plans

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

A large group of tech companies and advocates wants a public probe of new service offerings from wireless carriers, which they say could run afoul of network neutrality rules.

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What a Difference a Year Makes

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
Recommendation:
2

Today marks the first anniversary of Charles Benton’s death. You may have known Charles because you met him at a conference or you spoke on the phone or you read one of his articles. Tall, large of voice, possessed of dazzling grin and intractable hair, Charles naturally drew considerable attention. He was the Benton Foundation for many people. Over the past 12 months, there has been an incredible outpouring of love, support, and fond memories of Charles. My colleagues and I have had the pleasure of traveling around the country to be part of many celebrations of Charles’ – and the foundation’s – contributions. Although one might be tempted to call all this the Charles Benton Memorial Tour, for me, it has actually been a listening tour – hearing not just about what various people and groups admired about Charles, but also about their concerns and priorities as the country considers who will be leading us in the years to come. This year, I’ve been thinking about "Digital Deserts." Despite great gains in achieving universal broadband, a number of “Digital Deserts” persist in the U.S. Many communities and households still do not have broadband service. We want to offer policy recommendations that will transform these deserts into oases of opportunity, and connect them to affordable, reliable, high-capacity broadband. I’m so encouraged by the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to expand Lifeline support to include broadband service, making sure that millions of American families will no longer have to choose between buying groceries or paying for the connectivity that, for instance, allows their children to complete their homework assignments. But much more work needs to be done. I believe that broadband is a key instrument in addressing economic insecurity.

Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Vision of Our Future

Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
4

To meet the goals of the National Broadband Plan, America must renew its commitment to bring affordable multi-gigabit speed broadband access by 2020 to thousands of Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) – the schools, libraries, health clinics, and community centers that hold our communities together. That is the message in a new “Vision” Paper being released by the SHLB Coalition titled, “Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Vision of Our Future,” written by Christine Mullins with a foreword from Blair Levin.

National Digital Inclusion Alliance Names The City Of Seattle’s David Keyes The Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion

Location:
National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
5

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) has named David Keyes, the Digital Equity Manager for the City of Seattle (WA), as the first recipient of the Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award.

Fox News pressed to ask debate questions about Internet access

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Nearly 40 groups [including the Benton Foundation] sent a letter to Fox News urging presidential debate moderators to ask the candidates how they would expand Internet access — especially in poor, rural and minority communities.

Public Interest Groups and Broadband Providers Urge Lifeline Modernization

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

Public Knowledge joined a broad cross-section of public interest groups [including the Benton Foundation] and broadband providers in a letter to support the Federal Communications Commission’s goal of bringing the Lifeline phone subsidy program into the modern era by extending the subsidy to broadband service. The letter reflects the almost universal support in the FCC’s record in this proceeding that Lifeline should offer the option of a broadband subsidy to recognize the critical role that Internet access plays in society.

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

Location:
Coalition for Local Internet Choice, 2014 P Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
4

This report explores three business models for broadband public–private partnerships -- and examines, with a public sector audience in mind, the major legal issues that may arise in a broadband public–private partnership project, from early planning through the negotiating stage.

How Libraries Are Increasing Home Broadband Adoption

Location:
Urban Libraries Council, 125 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60606, United States
Recommendation:
4

Cutting-edge libraries are addressing all aspects of broadband adoption: home Internet access, public Internet access, digital literacy training, and support and access to devices.

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Happy 20th Anniversary, Telecommunications Act: A Day to Recommit to Universal Broadband Access

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
Recommendation:
2

Some people deride the 1996 Act for not mentioning “the Internet” by name, but let’s not forget how the legislation laid out a new regulatory landscape for the Digital Age. Most importantly, Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission to preserve and advance the core American value that everyone must have access to “advanced communications services”—what you and I now call broadband—at affordable prices. The bipartisan Act enshrined “universal service,” even while relying more on competition in the telecommunications marketplace.

Seeking solutions for 60 million Americans who lack home Internet

Location:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

An estimated 60 million Americans lack Internet access at home. More Americans than ever rely solely on their phones for online access, according to the Pew Research Center. But being smartphone reliant poses many challenges. People who connect to the Internet using only their phones are more likely than others to hit data caps that, in turn, limit how much they can do online, or the added charges could make the phones prohibitively expensive, according to Pew.

FCC pressed to start drafting Internet privacy rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

More than 50 digital rights and consumer groups are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to start drafting Internet privacy rules “as quickly as possible.”

Study Finds Four Broadband Adoption Success Factors

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
Recommendation:
2

Aiming to help bridge the ¨digital divide,¨ a new study from the Benton Foundation identifies four core, interrelated digital inclusion activities deemed essential in helping low-income individuals and families access and make good use of broadband connectivity.

ISPs Ask FCC to Stick to Original (Backup) Power Play

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Internet service providers asked the Federal Communications Commission to stay the course and not mandate that fixed VoIP providers install and maintain battery backup for all their customers in case of emergency.

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Benton Foundation Accepts The Dirk Koning-George Stoney Award

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
Recommendation:
4

. Charles Benton would have been so thrilled to realize how many lives he touched and impacted. And I am so honored to be here with you all to accept The Dirk Koning – George Stoney Award.

Gigabit and the Economy: A First-Hand Look at Chattanooga

Location:
Chattanooga, TN, United States
Recommendation:
2

Of the six major cities where gigabit service already has been deployed, Chattanooga (TN) has had gigabit service for the longest. And to this day, Chattanooga is the only city whose offering extends citywide. That makes the market a kind of bellwether for gauging the impact of gigabit service.

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Celebrating 20 Years at the Benton Foundation

Recommendation:
3

“Welcome to the Benton vortex,” a colleague said to me 20 years ago today and, noticing how startled I appeared added, “Don’t get me wrong; it’s a very nice vortex.”

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Benton Named Recipient of 2015 Community Broadband Award

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Board of Directors named Charles Benton the recipient of NATOA's 2015 Community Broadband Visionary Award to recognize Benton's lifetime of extraordinary support and advocacy for the development and proliferation of local community broadband systems.

There's more to municipal broadband than public funding, says report

Location:
Gig.U, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, 20016, United States
Recommendation:
3

US communities looking for faster broadband service than incumbent Internet service providers provide have alternatives to the increasingly controversial choice of seeking to publicly fund a network, according to a new handbook for city officials.

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The Next Generation Connectivity Handbook: a Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable Abundant Bandwidth

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
Recommendation:
4

Gig. U and the Benton Foundation published a comprehensive guide for communities who want better broadband for their residents and businesses. The Next Generation Connectivity Handbook: a Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable Abundant Bandwidth builds on the experience of 25 Gig.U communities who have worked on this issue for many years and is an indispensable tool in lowering the initial, daunting information barrier for cities just beginning to navigate these critical Internet infrastructure issues.

28 Groups join Public Knowledge in Urging Chairman Wheeler to Protect Americans in Tech Transition

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

Public Knowledge, joined by 28 other organizations, sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler calling on him to issue rules to protect the more than 85 million Americans and millions of small business still dependent on traditional landline service from losing access to vital services, and to preserve the stability of the telephone system and reliability of the 911 system for the more than 300 million Americans that depend on it every day.

FCC Announces Appointment of Consumer Advisory Committee

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

The Federal Communications Commission announces the appointment of the thirty-seven members of the Consumer Advisory Committee, a committee to make recommendations to the FCC regarding consumer issues within jurisdiction of the FCC and to facilitate the participation of consumers (including underserved populations, such as Native Americans, persons living in rural areas, older persons, people with disabilities, and persons for whom English is not their primary language) in proceedings before the FCC.