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No Matter What Washington Does, One Nonprofit Is Closing the Digital Divide

Location:
EveryoneOn , 718 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

EveryoneOn is announcing its plans to take over the ConnectHome program from HUD and expand its efforts to close the digital divide in more than 100 communities, both rural and urban, by 2020. HUD will still serve on the group’s advisory board, but will no longer manage it day to day. The new entity, rebranded ConnectHome Nation, is an effort not only to grow the program but to protect it from the often mercurial whims of Washington.

T-Mobile’s “Digits” program revamps the phone number

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
1

On May 31 T-Mobile will launch Digits, a revamp of how T-Mobile phone numbers work, virtualizing customer numbers so they can work across multiple devices.

‘Anyone . . . with a pulse’: How a Russia-friendly adviser found his way into the Trump campaign

Location:
Trump Organization, 725 5th Ave., New York, NY, 10022, United States
Recommendation:
2

Were Trump’s connections to multiple Russia-friendly advisers mere coincidence, or evidence of a coordinated attempt to collude with a foreign government? Or were they the result of incompetent vetting that left a neophyte candidate vulnerable to influence from people with nefarious agendas? Regardless of the answer, the campaign’s previously unreported procedures for vetting Page and other advisers are greatly complicating matters for Trump’s presidency.

More Tech Reaction to Blackburn Privacy Bill

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Oracle plans to send a letter voicing its support of House telecom subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn's (R-TN) new privacy bill. The recently introduced legislation would ...

Cities Clamor for More Clout at FCC

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

The rules of broadband are changing, and local governments want a say in how they evolve.

Top Russian Officials Discussed How to Influence Trump Aides Last Summer

Location:
Russian Federation, Russia
Recommendation:
2

In the summer of 2016, American spies collected information revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald Trump through his advisers.

Frontier CAF Investments Support Broadband Expansion in Four States

Location:
WV, United States

Approximately 140,000+ rural homes across four states -- West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee -- have improved broadband access, due in part to Frontier and the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund (CAF) investments.

Another elected official cites ‘the Internet’ in defense of his bad arguments

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

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) offered a head-slapping defense of a conspiracy theory he touted on CNN: It was something that he’d seen on the Internet.

Sen McCain decries 'media frenzy' around Capitol

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

Sen John McCain (R-AZ) says the media is frequently "ambushing" lawmakers, decrying the “30-second news cycles” created by social media.

The FCC’s case against net neutrality rests on a deliberate misrepresentation of how the internet works

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

The Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom notice of proposed rulemaking states ...

Net Neutrality Debate: Businesses Favor Rules Despite FCC Chairman Pai's Claims

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

Not all small broadband Internet access service providers are on board with the idea of repealing current net neutrality protections.

Cleveland Broadband Consumers Pledges Multi-Front Campaign Against AT&T

Location:
Cleveland , OH, United States
Recommendation:
1

Daryl Parks, the attorney representing "Cleveland Broadband Consumers" claiming AT&T is "redlining" service in Cleveland and elsewhere, is pledging to open a multi-front legal attack on the company, including raising questions about its fitness for the multi-billion-dollar contract to manage FirstNet.

Cable news is careening toward a defining moment

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Cable news, as a medium, is careening toward a defining moment that could transform it significantly or return it to the status quo of the past decade.

And now, a brief definition of the web

Recommendation:
1

What exactly is the web?

Republicans want to leave you more voicemail — without ever ringing your cellphone

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

For years, consumers have warred with telemarketers for ringing their landline phones at all hours of the day. Pretty soon, though, they might find their mobile voicemail under the same sort of assault — that is, if the Republican Party and others have their way.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to deploy $1 Million Bezos gift, its largest ever, on local level

Location:
Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22209-2211, United States
Recommendation:
2

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and the Washington Post’s owner, is giving $1 million to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Ex-CIA Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia

Location:
House Committee on Intelligence, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

John Brennan, the former CIA director, described a nerve-fraying few months in 2016 as American authorities realized that the presidential election was under attack and feared that Donald Trump’s campaign might be aiding that fight. Brennan, in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, said he was concerned by a series of suspicious contacts between Russian government officials and Trump’s associates.

FCC Stands Down on Stephen Colbert’s Trump Joke

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

The Federal Communications Commission will not be penalizing “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert after thousands of complaints flooded the government organization.

$20 Billion Verizon 5G

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
1

Absolutely not announced but I'm sure they made the go decision. Recent actions have made clear they are going forward to 30-50M homes, probably 2019-2022 ...

Examining the FCC claim that DDoS attacks hit net neutrality comment system

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

On May 8, when the Federal Communications Commission website failed and many people were prevented from submitting comments about network neutrality, the cause seemed obvious. Comedian John Oliver had just aired a segment blasting FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to gut net neutrality rules, and it appeared that the site just couldn't handle the sudden influx of comments. But when the FCC released a statement explaining the website's downtime, the commission didn't mention the Oliver show or people submitting comments opposing Pai's plan. Instead, the FCC attributed the downtime solely to "multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS)."

Cable Industry Lobbyists Write Republican Talking Points on Net Neutrality

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Following the vote by the Federal Communication Commission to unwind the net neutrality rules enacted during the Obama administration, House Republican lawmakers received an email from GOP leadership on how to defend the decision. The talking points were created by Kerry Landon, the assistant director of industry grassroots at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, a trade group that lobbies on behalf of Comcast, Cox Communications, Charter, and other cable industry companies.

Fight for the Future Claims Comcast Censorship

Location:
Fight for the Future, Boston, MA, 02205, United States
Recommendation:
1

Fight for the Future is claiming Comcast is trying to censor pro-network neutrality website Comcastroturf.com.

Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google will begin using data from billions of credit and debit card transactions — including card numbers, purchase amounts and time stamps — to solve the advertising juggernaut’s long-standing quest to prove that online ads prompt consumers to make purchases in brick-and-mortar stores.

President Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Donald Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government.

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.

$2.3B Wave Broadband Acquisition by RCN Will Create Sixth Largest Cable Broadband Operator

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

In its latest deal, TPG Capital is backing RCN’s $2.3 billion Wave Broadband acquisition.

What a potential T-Mobile-Sprint merger means for you

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
1

Speculation that T-Mobile and Sprint might pair up is mounting thanks to comments from both wireless carriers' executives, raising questions about what such a merger might mean for consumers who have largely benefited from the fierce competition that has come to define the business.

Senators Seek Hearing on Fake News, Trump Media Hostility

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sens Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Tom Udall (D-NM) have asked the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the state of the media. The senators cited Trump Administration ...

Trump Aides Pressing for More Restraint on Twitter

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

President Donald Trump’s aides have also been pressing for more restraint by the president on Twitter, and some weeks ago they organized what one official called an “intervention.”

How social media filter bubbles and algorithms influence the election

Location:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
2

One of the most powerful players in the British election is also one of the most opaque. With just over two weeks to go until voters go to the polls, there are two things every election expert agrees on: what happens on social media, and Facebook in particular, will have an enormous effect on how the country votes; and no one has any clue how to measure what’s actually happening there.