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Benton Foundation Accepts The Dirk Koning-George Stoney Award

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

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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Comcast/Time Warner Critics: Neutrality Condition Would Not Sweeten It

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Groups that don't like the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger still don't like the merger, and would not like it even if it had a net neutrality condition that applied the new rules regardless of their court status.

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A Victory for Everyone Who Uses the Internet

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
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February 26, 2015 marks the greatest commitment ever made to preserve and protect an open and free Internet. On this day, the Federal Communications Commission has acted decisively to protect the rights of Internet users to employ any legal applications, content, devices, and services of their choosing on the broadband networks they rely on. Today, the FCC has made sure that the Internet remains a platform for all consumers, content creators, and innovators, regardless of their ability to pay infrastructure owners special fees for special access. Ten years after the FCC first adopted a policy statement on the Open Internet, we now have strong, enforceable network neutrality rules, consistent with the nation’s core values. The FCC’s action today demonstrates that there is a public interest at stake across all communications media – be they telephone networks, broadcast stations, wireless, or today’s networks of computer networks. At the Benton Foundation, we have always focused on closing the digital divide and supporting digital inclusion, so the most vulnerable populations can participate fully in a diverse media system and in our democracy. Today, the FCC took action to make this a reality.

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Benton Salutes FCC’s Move to Bring More Fiber to More Communities, Sooner

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
Recommendation:
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Today, the Federal Communications Commission sided with community-based solutions. Today, the FCC sided with choice. Today, the FCC sided with bringing better broadband everywhere. The FCC today voted to approve the petitions of community broadband providers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina, which asked that the FCC to pre-empt provisions of state laws preventing expansion of their very successful networks. The Benton Foundation thanks the FCC for this action. In too many communities around the U.S. – and especially in rural communities – no commercial Internet service providers are offering broadband – and do not plan to. State restrictions on community broadband mean that rural communities have no options at all to build the networks needed to participate in the digital economy. These laws stop localities from finding creative ways to work with private investors and chill the kinds of partnerships and experimentation that should be happening to close the digital divide. Today’s FCC action could bring broadband service to communities where there is none and competition in areas where it does not exist. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recognizes that meaningful competition for high-speed wired broadband is lacking. To take advantage of today’s new services, and to incentivize the development of tomorrow’s innovations, Americans need more competitive choices for faster and better Internet connections. Today’s FCC action means that the broadband marketplace will have to be more responsive to competitive forces.

FCC should create a 40 MHz reserve for 600 MHz auction, public interest groups urge

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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A coalition of public interest groups urged the Federal Communications Commission to adopt a spectrum reserve of at least 40 MHz for the 600 MHz incentive auction, one of several rule changes they are suggesting aimed at helping smaller carriers acquire spectrum.

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A Deeper Dive into the Data: Seniors and the Internet

Location:
Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI), 8403 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20910, United States
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At a time when communications technology is evolving at a frantic pace and the Internet is fast becoming the primary conveyor of information and services, a significant segment of our population remains offline. National survey data for 2014 show that 41-43% of persons age 65+ do not use the Internet, compared to only 13-14% of all adults age 18+ (Pew Research Center, 2000-2014). The reasons for this continuing digital divide involve seniors’ concerns about affordability, a belief that the Internet holds no relevance for them, and a fear that computers are too difficult to learn. This “senior digital divide” is greatest among the oldest and least advantaged older adults. Of the estimated 18.9 million offline elders in 2014, 61% (11.5 million) are age 75+. But older age is not the whole story. Seniors with the lowest incomes and least education are much more likely to be offline – double and triple jeopardy.
[Garcia, former Executive Director of the Benton Foundation, is a communications advisor with an extensive background in public affairs, television production and advocacy. Bob Harootyan is the research manager at Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI), where he directs internal and external projects related to low-income older workers and the aging workforce.]

Public Knowledge Asks FCC to Protect Consumers During Tech Transitions

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Public Knowledge and twelve other consumer advocacy groups filed comments before the Federal Communications Commission in response to the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on network transitions. Public Knowledge urges the Commission to adopt clear and robust rules to ensure no one is left behind in the phone network transition to IP, fiber, or wireless.

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DC Reacts to FCC Chairman Open Internet Rules

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
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DC reacted to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's framework for network neutrality ...

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Benton Supports President Obama's Call for More Internet Options for Consumers

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
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I am gladdened to hear President Barack Obama's recognition of broadband’s crucial role in our recovering economy. I am especially excited to hear a commitment to encouraging, creating and protecting competition in the broadband marketplace. And, in areas where we cannot expect competition to exist, the President is right to embrace a role for government for promoting broadband deployment. Like the President, the Benton Foundation stands on the side of competition, on the side of small business owners, on the side of students and schools, and on the side of choice for communities. If community leaders believe they must act to improve local broadband networks, they should be allowed to craft local solutions -- even if that means a community providing its own broadband if it decides that is its best option.

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Chairman's Year End Message 2014

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201, United States
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I believe deeply that our media and telecommunications can and must serve the public interest and enhance our democracy. On this bedrock faith, the Benton Foundation seeks policy solutions that support the values of access, diversity and equity; demonstrates the value of media and telecommunications for improving the quality of life for all; and provides informational resources to policymakers and advocates to inform communications policy debates. Our overarching goal is to close the digital divide and support digital inclusion, so the most vulnerable populations can participate fully in a diverse media system and in our democracy. With this goal in mind, here are the areas the foundation devoted ourselves to this year.

The Killer App for Local Fiber Networks

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USA, United States
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In short, economic development and job creation can fairly be called the “killer app” for local fiber networks. Many projects across the country use advanced communications capabilities to support economic development and at the same time use the benefits of economic development to fund their network and make them sustainable. Over time, the path from broadband investments to economic development should be faster, more efficient and less costly to navigate.

Public Knowledge, 16 Privacy Advocates Urge FCC to Protect Consumers

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Public Knowledge filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission highlighting privacy concerns raised by the “Roadmap for Improving E911 Location Accuracy” proposed by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, the National Emergency Number Association, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon.

Public Knowledge to FCC: A Million Comments Later, the Need for Reclassification is Clear

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Public Knowledge filed reply comments in the network neutrality proceeding on behalf of ourselves and Benton Foundation.

Public Knowledge, Privacy Groups Urge Obama Administration To Preserve Existing Telecommunications

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
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Public Knowledge filed comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration urging the Obama Administration not to support any privacy legislation that would eliminate important legal protections for telecommunications metadata.

FCC Sec. 706 NOI Draws Advocacy Group Praise

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
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The Federal Communications Commission's signal in a Notice of Inquiry that its latest Sec. 706 report could start factoring in usage limits and latency and other network management issues as it considers what is reasonable and timely deployment of advanced communications and just what speed and level of access qualifies as "advanced" drew applause from public interest groups.

OTI and Benton Foundation Argue for Strong Open Internet Protections Under Title II Authority

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

Over the past few months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received over a million net neutrality comments—a reflection of the broad and vocal interest around the country in the debate over the best path forward for strong open Internet protections. Yesterday, New America’s Open Technology Institute added our voice to the conversation, filing joint comments with the Benton Foundation in the Open Internet docket. We urge the FCC to craft strong new rules that protect users against the full scope of harms on all platforms, arguing that reclassifying broadband as a Title II telecommunications service is the clearest and most legally sound way to achieve this important goal.

Officially Explaining the Importance of an Open Internet

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Public Knowledge, along with our allies Access Sonoma Broadband and Benton Foundation, submitted comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet proceeding (that’s the network neutrality proceeding).

Charles Benton Nominated for National Museum and Library Services Board

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
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President Barack Obama signaled his intent to nominate Charles Benton for another term as member of the National Museum and Library Services Board.

Public Interest Spectrum Coalition Sends Letter to Support Competition in Incentive Auction

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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The Public interest Spectrum Coalition (PISC) submitted a letter supporting the Federal Communications Commission's plan to ensure that competitive carriers can bid on spectrum in the upcoming Incentive Auction.

Consumer Advocates Ask the FCC to Protect the Network Compact

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Public Knowledge, The Utility Reform Network (TURN), and ten other public interest groups (including the Benton Foundation) and state consumer advocates asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate reports indicating carriers are forcing customers off of traditional copper-based phone service. In their letter, the groups list examples of complaints from California, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and DC, where customers say they have been told their copper lines will not be repaired and have been pressured to move onto fiber-based or wireless service without notice of the differences between those products and the traditional copper-based service they have relied on.

Schools Could Be on Internet 'Slow Track' Under Proposed FCC Rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Questions arose about whether schools will have to stand in line for acceptable speeds of Internet access under proposed new rules floated by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

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The Public Interest Communications Law Project and the Benton Senior Counselor

Location:
Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, United States
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The Benton Foundation and Georgetown Law are establishing the Public Interest Communications Law Project, under which Andrew Jay Schwartzman will serve as the Benton Senior Counselor at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation (IPR).

FCC Adopts Order on Reconsideration Regarding The Tribune Company

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
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The United Church of Christ, the Media Alliance, and Charles Benton (yes, that Charles Benton) asked the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider its decision granting the applications to transfer control of Tribune Company and its licensee subsidiaries from its former shareholders to Sam Zell, The Tribune Employee Stock Ownership Plan as implemented through the Tribune Employee Stock Ownership Trust, and EGI-TRB, LLC. In that decision, the FCC also granted the broadcast license renewal applications filed by Tribune for four of its stations. The FCC has denied the petition for reconsideration.