Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Emergency broadband now

by Wade Rathke October 23, 2021 New Orleans    One of the pandemic programs that may be cruising below the radar, but which could be a critical step on lowering the digital divide, is the FCC’s…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

3/11 Pandemic Anniversary

by Wade Rathke March 11, 2021 New Orleans    9/11 has been a date fixed on the mental calendar of Americans for what will be twenty years this September of 2021. It is worth wondering whether…

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Posted in FCC Internet News

FCC approves program to help poor families overcome digital divide during pandemic

‘Life-Changer for Millions’ “As the pandemic nears its one-year mark, it’s only gotten harder for many people to afford essential internet connections to the remote learning, work, and healthcare services they need.” by Jessica Corbett, staff…

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Posted in Internet Interview

Twenty-six words created the internet. What will it take to save it?

Jeff Kosseff wrote the book on Section 230, the law that gave us the internet we have today. He talks with ProPublica Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg about how we got here and how we should regulate our…

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Posted in Analysis Journalism Law Politics

Critics warn repeal of Section 230 ‘would be devastating for human rights, social movements, and marginalized people’

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to tie the repeal to proposed $2,000 coronavirus relief checks. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, December 31, 2020 Digital rights advocates and sex workers are among those…

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Posted in Community Journalism News Social Media

Congress crams language to criminalize online streaming, meme-sharing into 5,500-page omnibus bill

“These types of decisions should never be made in closed-door negotiations between politicians and industry or rushed through as part of some must-pass spending package.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday, December 21, 2020 Lawmakers in…

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Posted in Health Insurance Misleading advertising News Pro Publica

“Trumpcare” does not exist. Nevertheless Facebook and Google cash in on misleading ads for “garbage” health insurance.

The thousands of “Trumpcare” ads Facebook and Google have published show that the shadowy “lead generation” economy has a happy home on the platforms — and even big names like UnitedHealthcare take part. by Jeremy B….

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Posted in Columns Communications Community organizing Economy Internet Neighborhoods Public Policy Utilities Wade Rathke

Cooperatives need to get broadband to the countryside

New Orleans       How can I say this plainly?  Electric cooperatives have become increasingly less cooperative, and, frankly, not even all that electric.  What was a huge breakthrough in taking electricity the last mile into rural…

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