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NSA Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
Recommendation:
3

The National Security Agency has halted one of the most disputed practices of its warrantless wiretapping program: collecting Americans’ emails and texts to and from people overseas that mention foreigners targeted for surveillance

FCC's Pai Backs Congressional Clarification on Internet Authority

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

In an interview with Breitbart, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was asked about fellow Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly's argument that Congress needs to "enshrine free Internet principles in law" to resolve the ongoing "political uncertainty." Chairman Pai agreed.

Can We Prevent Another Net Neutrality Groundhog Day?

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

The FCC as an agency has a commitment problem.

SHLB Expresses Concern With USAC Request for Information on Special Construction Costs for Fiber Installation

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

The Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband Coalition filed a letter on April 27, 2017 to express concern with the recent set of inquiries sent by Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to over 100 E-rate applicants seeking support for special construction costs for fiber installation.

Why President Trump desperately needs to keep conservative media outlets on his side

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

For President Donald Trump, it is critical that Alex Jones and other backers in the conservative media continue to look on the bright side — and continue to tell the president's base to do the same.

Charter’s Tom Rutledge Reelected Chairman of NCTA Board

Location:
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-1413, United States
Recommendation:
1

Tom Rutledge, Chairman & CEO of Charter Communications, was reelected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association (NCTA). In ...

How the State of Russian Media Becomes the State of International Media

Location:
Russian Federation, Russia
Recommendation:
2

It was a bad week for the reports on freedom of the media in Russia.

Trump FCC’s Plan to End Net Neutrality Rests on Alternative Facts and Empty Promises

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

Whether the issue is the environment, health care, or worker safety, President Donald Trump and his lackeys like Pai manufacture data and lie about the downsides to disguise their real goals: taking away crucial protections and successful policies.The attack on net neutrality is no different.

The Main Argument for Rolling Back Net Neutrality Is Pretty Shaky

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s central argument for eliminating network neutrality rules, which he introduced with a plan to “reverse the mistake” of the Obama-era regulations, is that doing so will fire up investment in broadband networks. But that prediction is very optimistic, say experts who warn that his proposal could very well do little or nothing to stimulate such investment.

What the Press Still Doesn’t Get About Trump

Location:
Politico, 1100 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22209, United States
Recommendation:
3

What does the press still get wrong about Trump, and what do we just not get at all?

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