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Chairman Pai's Silence -- Was It Good For You?

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

Last week we shared A New Salvo in President Trump’s Offensive on the Free Press, to tell you about how President Donald Trump took to twitter to threaten to revoke the broadcast licenses of NBC. After six days of silence, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai this week finally made a statement on the matter. But his response was inadequate for many and demonstrated a troubling pattern with Pai’s views on freedom of the press.

CIA director distorts intelligence community’s findings on Russian interference

Location:
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Langley, VA, United States

CIA Director Mike Pompeo declared that US intelligence agencies determined that Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election did not alter the outcome, a statement that distorted spy agency findings.

Senate Intelligence Committee to debate in secret a bill that would renew a powerful spy tool

Location:
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Constitution Avenue and 2nd Street, NE Hart 211, Washington, DC, United States

The Senate Intelligence Committee is planning on Oct 24 to debate in secret a bill that would reauthorize a powerful surveillance authority without imposing any new restraints on the FBI’s ability to search and use the communications of Americans gathered under that law in national security and criminal prosecutions.

Connecting every San Francisco resident, business to fiber-optic internet would cost up to $1.9 billion

Location:
San Francisco, CA, United States

San Francisco is on the verge of becoming an internet connectivity leader by asking the marketplace to help create a fast network on a scale never before achieved by a major US city. The cost to create a fiber-optic network connecting every home and business in San Francisco to the internet would cost up to $1.9 billion, according to a new city-hired consultant report.

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Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Axiom

Location:
Axiom, 3 Water St, Machias, ME, 04654, United States

Axiom is more than just a technology and broadband services provider. The company -- along with AETC -- is leading a digital equity movement in Maine which it plans to take national in the years ahead. The key to its national push is the recently-announced National Digital Equity Center (NDEC). NDEC, as a part of the AETC nonprofit arm, will seek to engage communities all over the country to provide the expertise needed to mobilize broadband technologies through digital inclusion, literacy efforts, education, resource planning, funding research, and infrastructure leveraging and stakeholder engagement.

FCC Shouldn’t Give Up on Reforming Inmate Phone Services

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

There is one aspect of criminal justice reform that the current administration has tragically ignored: the broken market for inmate calling services.

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