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.

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.

T-Mobile is at the center of the DOJ’s allegations against Huawei

An indictment unsealed on Jan 28 claims that telecommunication equipment vendor Huawei stole trade secrets from Bellevue (WA)-based T-Mobile USA and then obstructed justice when T-Mobile threatened to sue Huawei in US District Court in Seattle.

Justice Department charges Huawei with fraud, ratcheting up US-China tensions

The Justice Department announced criminal charges against Huawei, the world’s largest communications equipment manufacturer, and one of its top executives — a move likely to intensify trade tensions between the US and China.

Telefónica offloads Central American assets to Carlos Slim's América Móvil

Telefónica took a small bite out of its debt load by selling off two of its operations in Central America to América Móvil for $648 million.

World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech

Leaders of Japan, South Africa, China and Germany issued a series of calls for global oversight of the tech sector, in a clear signal of growing international interest in seizing greater regulatory supervision of an industry led by the United Stat

Social media is rotting democracy from within

It is easier to spread misinformation on social media than to correct it, and easier to inflame social divisions than to mend them.

Investors urge companies to use Ranking Digital Rights’ Index to improve their respect for users’ digital rights

A group of investors has endorsed the Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) Corporate Accountability Index as an important tool for helping tech companies meet their human rights responsibilities and for helping investors identify digital rights risks.