Internet/Broadband

Coverage of how Internet service is deployed, used and regulated.

Internet sales tax gives e-commerce companies a stake in local government

As our economy becomes increasingly digitized, more transactions are moving online and outside of local tax jurisdictions, costing states billions in lost sales tax revenue. The recent Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v.

Gov Cuomo Attacked NY’s Largest Cable Company. Its Channels Ignored the News.

It would have seemed to be the perfect made-for-local-TV moment: a reporter’s hard-nosed questions about potential corruption allegations eliciting an angry rebuke from Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). Full coverage to follow, right?

DOJ Says Judge Ignored ‘Economics, Common Sense’ in Allowing AT&T-Time Warner Deal (Updated)

The Justice Department argued that US District Judge Richard Leon ignored “fundamental principles of economics and common sense” when he allowed AT&T to acquire Time Warner. The department’s appellate brief, filed with the US Court of Appeals

Charter Communications Announces Second Round Of Grant Funding From $1 Million Commitment To Spectrum Digital Education

Spectrum Digital Education is a philanthropic initiative designed to support nonprofit organizations that educate community members on the benefits of broadband and how to use it to improve their lives.

Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy

After Congress repealed Federal Communications Commission rules that required internet service providers to get permission from customers before collecting their data and selling it to advertisers.

Working to overcome digital divide

With too many students in too many places falling into the homework gap, we need to upgrade the E-Rate program by extending the school classroom to the school bus.

We Need to Fix the News Media, Not Just Social Media

Because the stakes are so high, we need to look with extreme skepticism at proposals primarily designed to prop up the current consolidated and dysfunctional media landscape.

Captive Audience: How Companies Make Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email

Prisons are notoriously low-tech places. But urged on by privately owned companies, like JPay, facilities across the country are adding e-messaging, a rudimentary form of email that remains disconnected from the larger web.

Facebook looks to advance data privacy conversation

Tech companies are assessing their roles in protecting their users as officials in Washington debate whether the government should take a firmer hand in safeguarding Americans’ privacy.

Telecom Companies Are Running Out of Time to Make Deals

A looming Federal Communications Commission deadline could spur telecom companies to hurry up deal talks before restrictions on their discussions tie their hands. The FCC said in a public notice that it would stop accepting applications on Sept.