Benton Foundation provides free, daily summaries of articles concerning the quickly-changing telecommunications policy landscape.

Federal E-Rate Program Dramatically Expands High-Speed Internet Access for Schools

EducationSuperHighway, 1 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, United States

In 2013, only 4 million students had access to broadband that provided internet fast enough to allow for digital learning in the classroom. Now, four years later, that number has catapulted to 39.2 million, thanks to the modernization of a federal program and a broad bipartisan coalition of federal and state lawmakers and policymakers dedicated to the cause.

Science News and Information Today

Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

At a time when scientific information is increasingly at the center of public divides, most Americans say they get science news no more than a couple of times per month, and when they do, most say it is by happenstance rather than intentionally.

Verizon seeks FCC permission to retire copper in 8 markets, emphasizes call to revise processes

VA, United States

Verizon has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to retire copper in eight Northeast markets (Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and Delaware), marking another step in the company’s migration of its customer base to fiber-based technology.

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly announces Brooke Ericson as Chief of Staff, Press Contact and Media Advisor

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

Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has hired Brooke Ericson as chief of staff, press contact and media advisor in his office.

GOP governors launch ‘news’ site critics call propaganda

USA, United States

The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media.

How to increase trust in the media: Just forget the First Amendment

Northwestern University in Qatar , RN, Qatar

How can news outlets improve their standing in the eyes of the public? If a study published by Northwestern University in Qatar is any indication, then the key to a higher level of trust might be a lower level of free speech.

AT&T Throttling Case Back in Court

US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, 95 7th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a Federal Trade Commission throttling case against AT&T that has major implications for the agency’s reach over telecommunications companies.

Does bridging the Internet Access Divide contribute to enhancing countries' integration into the global trade in services markets?

World Trade Organization, Rue de Lausanne 154, Geneva, Switzerland

This paper examines the impact of countries' distance between their Internet usage and the world' average of the Internet usage intensity on their integration into the world market of trade in commercial services.

Groups Seek to Delay FCC Chairman Pai’s Re-confirmation

US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

Media consolidation and deregulation critics are trying to prevent Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai from being confirmed for a new term, tying it to what they say are continuing questions about the FCC's handling of the Sinclair/Tribune merger, plus their concerns about the merger itself.

FCC Chairman Pai Response to Senator Thune Regarding Universal Service Fund Collections and Disbursements

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

On July 17, 2017, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) sent Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai a letter with five questions about Universal Service Fund collections and disbursements and “a description of any regulations limiting allocation of undisbursed USF funds to a particular program or use.” On Sept 5, Chairman Pai replied.

FCC Commissioner Clyburn Announces Staff Changes

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

Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Mignon Clyburn appointed Louis Peraertz as Senior Legal Advisor covering wireless, international and public safety issues, and the departure of Daudeline Meme, who has served as the Commissioner’s wireless, international and public safety Legal Advisor since March 2016.

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