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Dems want pay TV and radio to disclose buyers of political ads

Three congressional Democrats asked FCC Chair Tom Wheeler to extend to cable and satellite systems the requirement that their political files be posted on the FCC’s online database. Read More »

“Troubling employment patterns and practices in the technology sector.”

According to the Minority Media and Telecom Council, the abysmal racial employment percentages in today's high-tech industry “closely resemble the statistics of the broadcasting industry in the late 1960’s.” Read More »

Providing a Lifeline to Broadband Internet Access

"Instead of finding ways to deny telephone access to the neediest Americans, lawmakers should be looking to expand Lifeline to include broadband internet." Read More »

FCC Commissioner Clyburn touts Lifeline program

Recently, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn wrote in the FCC blog, "“Since 1985, Lifeline has offered a discount on phone service to low-income consumer." Read More »

Broadband goals according to Wheeler

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler recently said, "... meaningful competition for high-speed wired broadband is lacking and Americans need more competitive choices for faster and better Internet connections." Read More »

Call for a new regulatory regime based on consumer needs

Rick Boucher of the Internet Innovation Alliance wrote, “Regulators should seek a more strategic relationship with service providers that focuses on the core consumer values yet remains responsive to consumer behavior. Read More »

Telecom accuses Comcast of blocking video competition

CenturyLink told the FCC that the merger between Comcast and Time Warner "... presents a grave threat to the development of facilities-based video competition throughout the country.” Read More »

Trumka to Wheeler: keep TV sports blackout rule

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging retention of TV's Sports Blackout Rule, which helps fill stadiums and boosts local business. Read More »

Windstream’s tax break is just not REIT

Telecom Windstream is using a recent and little-known IRS ruling to shelter its infrastructure in a real estate investment trust, avoiding hundreds of millions in taxes. Read More »

New survey finds libraries increasingly provide free access to online tech

The new Digital Inclusion Survey is a “national survey of public libraries that explored the digital inclusion roles of public libraries.” Read More »

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