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Rural broadband seen as a necessity to rural economic growth

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

It's hard to run a successful business without access to high speed broadband. That was the message that repeatedly surfaced as Senate Democrats discussed issues important to rural America during a rural summit on Sept. 13.

Mexican TV Is Interfering with Rural Broadband in California

Location:
Campo, CA, United States

Indigenous peoples living on tribal lands are some of the most underserved people in the US when it comes to broadband. Many tribes share similar barriers no matter where they are in the country. But one group of tribes in southern California is using every tool it can think of, including using television spectrum to broadcast internet wirelessly. Unfortunately, they've run into one totally unique hurdle: TV channels are bleeding over the border from Mexico, and eating up their spectrum.

The Real Trouble With Trump’s ‘Dark Post’ Facebook Ads

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

Pandering to the base is a tradition as old as politics itself. But in the social media age, it’s easier than ever for politicians to take those tailored messages—the kind they might not like to share with the whole world—and disseminate them only to the people who are most likely to agree. And targeting allows campaigns to silo thousands of possible audiences with just a click, making it harder than ever to hold politicians accountable for all of it.

Senators Want Public Comment on Network-Neutrality Complaints

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

A group of Democratic senators has joined in a call for the Federal Communications Commission to allow for public "review and comment" on tens of thousands of network-neutrality complaints provided through a Freedom of Information Act request in May, saying the FCC has not provided sufficient opportunity to vet them.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to lower broadband standards is “crazy,” says Commissioner Rosenworcel

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal that could lower the country's broadband standard is "crazy" and does nothing to solve the United States' broadband accessibility problems, said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

Internet Society: Internet Rulemaking is Going to Get More Complicated

Location:
Internet Society, 1775 Wiehle Avenue, Reston, VA, 20190, United States

In a new report from the Internet Society, a think tank founded by Vint Cerf, authors recommend governments take a “multistakeholder” approach—inviting members of the public and representatives from various industries—to create “consensus policy” surrounding the internet. They could determine what should be censored, how encryption affects national security, and whether citizens maintain their personal freedoms online.

Broadband Provider Groups Seek CAF II Auction Changes

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

Organizations representing broadband providers have asked the Federal Communications Commission to modify its proposal for the Connect America Fund (CAF II) Auction.

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

After years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.

Democrats are trying to limit foreign influence on US elections — beginning with Google and Facebook ads

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

A group of House and Senate Democrats are calling on the US government to issue new “guidance” to stop foreign advertisers from spending money on Facebook, Google and other web platforms in a bid to influence American elections.

Former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler: Open Internet is "Under Attack"

Location:
1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212, Chicago, IL, 60654, United States

“The Open Internet exists today, and it is under attack.”

Google Is Buying HTC’s Smartphone Expertise for $1.1 Billion

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

Google is spending $1.1 billion to hire a team of engineers from the smartphone business of the struggling Taiwanese manufacturer HTC in a bid to bring more hardware expertise to its own mobile technology operations.

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

Location:
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.

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

Location:
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.

GOP governors launch ‘news’ site critics call propaganda

Location:
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

Location:
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

Location:
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.

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

Location:
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

Location:
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.

David Cohen, Comcast’s top lobbyist, says Trump won’t stop many mergers

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States

President Donald Trump has previously threatened to break up Comcast while repeatedly taken aim at one of its rivals, AT&T, as the wireless giant inches closer to purchasing Time Warner. But Comcast’s leading voice in Washington, DC — David Cohen — said that the regulatory climate for big mergers remains as friendly as ever in the nation’s capital, no matter what President Trump himself has said.

Altice USA Broadens Reach of Low-Cost Broadband Option

Location:
Altice USA, Oyster Bay, NY, United States

Altice USA said “Economy Internet,” an uncapped broadband service for low-income households, is now available across its Optimum (former Cablevision Systems) and Suddenlink footprints.

FCC Chairman Pai to Lawmakers: Sinclair/Tribune Review Has Been By the Book

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told House Commerce Committee Democrats that there has been no inappropriate coordination between the Trump White House, Sinclair and the FCC over the Sinclair/Tribune merger -- and that there has been no pattern of preferential treatment shown Sinclair in a deal whose vetting has been by the book and on a timetable common to such transactions, including under other regimes.

Sinclair insiders are sounding the alarm about its plans to transform local news

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

Current and former Sinclair employees, union representatives, and media experts have been speaking out in investigative reports about the damage Sinclair is doing to the public’s trust in local news, from Baltimore to Seattle and most recently in Providence

What will the internet look like without net neutrality? Just ask this sponsored data app

At first glance, Freeway looks like a good app. Through partnerships with content providers and mobile networks, Freeway can let users on limited wireless rate plans use services like YouTube, Facebook, and Spotify without eating into their precious data allowance. In return, Freeway charges a couple bucks per month through a mobile app, and also leverages sponsorships. In theory, it’s a neat way to help consumers access services without paying for an unlimited data plan or massive overage fees. But in practice, it creates the exact kind of anti-competitive environment net neutrality advocates are so afraid of.

American Cable Association To FCC on CAF II Auction: Simplify

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

The American Cable Association says the Federal Communications Commission has to simplify its Connect America Fund II auction framework if it wants to get the most fiscal bang for the buck.

Rural Telecom Economics: Telergee Report Finds Revenues Up, Profits Down

Location:
Telergee Alliance, 8215 Nashville Avenue, Lubbock, TX, 79423, United States

The average small rural telecommunications company saw revenues increase in 2016 but profitability declined in comparison with the previous year.

How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

Location:
Miami, FL, United States

For all their seeming immateriality, the internet and the cloud rely on a vast industrial infrastructure consisting of data centers linked through a sprawling network of fiber optics.

The UN Says the Global Digital Divide Could Become a Yawning Chasm

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

More than 52 percent of people on the planet still don't have Internet access. Men outnumber women as Web users in every region of the world. And there remain massive disparities in connection speeds in different countries.

Broadband Is Largely Inaccessible to Those Who Need it Most

Location:
USA, United States

The internet is a way for people in poorer or far-flung communities to connect with social programs and educational opportunities, such as employment and health services, to which they might not otherwise have access. But according to a new report from the Brookings Institution, residents in low-income or rural neighborhoods are the least likely to have broadband subscriptions.

Charter hit with $13M fine for not delivering on broadband promise

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States

Charter Communications has been served a whopping $13 million fine by New York State’s Public Service Commission (PSC). The commission claims that Charter, now the largest broadband provider in the state, has failed to make good on promises to expand its broadband service to more rural communities as part of its merger deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC).

“Fake” net neutrality comments at heart of lawsuit filed against FCC

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

The Federal Communications Commission has ignored a public records request for information that might shed light on the legitimacy of comments on Chairman Ajit Pai's anti-net neutrality plan, according to a lawsuit filed against the FCC.