Stories from Abroad

Since 2010, the Benton Foundation and the New America Foundation have partnered to highlight telecommunications debates from countries outside the U.S.

U.S. Supreme Court wrestles with Microsoft data privacy fight

Supreme Court justices wrestled with Microsoft’s dispute with the US Justice Department over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas, with some signaling support for the government and others urging Con

The 5G Opportunity: How 5G will solve the congestion problems of today's 4G networks

This report takes an in-depth look at global 4G network performance across 77 countries. 4G Download Speeds are between 31.2 Mbps and 5.8 Mbps faster at the best hour of day compared with the slowest hour of the day.

Rift Between US and European Carriers Opens Over Huawei

CTIA, a trade group representing top US wireless providers, disagreed with European and Asian counterparts over alleged security threats from Chinese equipment maker Huawei.

The race to 5G wireless tech is on. A Cisco report finds Americans may have an early lead.

A new report from Cisco says that by 2022, fifth-generation (5G) cellular networks will power as many as 9 percent of mobile data connections across North America, compared with 4 percent in Asia.

UK MPs slam Facebook for data abuse, call for social media regulator

British Members of Parliament have called for a regulator to police content on social media sites, financed by a new levy on tech companies, and an inquiry into the effect of disinformation on past electoral contests.

Facebook inadvertently pulls, reinstates Trump Organization ads labeled as political

Facebook removed more than 100 ads paid for and posted by The Trump Organization after Facebook mistakenly classified them as political in nature and requiring payment disclosures. Advertisements for the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC

The Internet, Divided Between the US and China, Has Become a Battleground

As China and the West race for 5G dominance, two digital powers with very different approaches to technology are staking out their corners. One side, championed in China, is a digital landscape where mobile payments have replaced cash.

Broadband 'Zero Rating' Actually Costs Customers More, Study Finds

The concept of “zero rating”—or the process of an internet service provider exempting certain content from broadband usage caps—has been controversial for several years now.

A worldwide, winner-take-all race to rule tech

The US is now in a winner-take-all race with China for dominance in 5G, artificial intelligence and quantum computing. Dr.

The Net Neutrality Situation in the European Union

This report offers an analysis of the past two and a half years of net neutrality enforcement in the European Union. We examine the current situation on the telecom market in Europe with a particular focus on differential pricing practices (e.g.