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Big Telecom's Monopoly on Broadband Holds American Students Back

Big Telecom's Monopoly on Broadband Holds American Students Back
The Wall Street Journal offers a timely and sobering account of the painfully inadequate broadband many of our schools rely on. This is hardly surprising, since the nation that invented the Internet and once led the world in connectivity is now 15th. Schools, particularly in rural America, have crummy broadband connectivity because of a lack of competition in the broadband market.
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AT&T Takes First Step to Skirt Net Neutrality

AT&T Takes First Step to Skirt Net Neutrality
AT&T's new “1-800-DATA” proposal would allow big content providers — like movie studios or app developers — to pay the cost of sending data over its network. So customers can download the latest trailer or app without worrying about fees for overrunning their data caps. Sounds good, until the next moves on the chessboard to disarm net neutrality are revealed.
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Justice Thomas Will Violate Code of Conduct to Headline Conservative Fundraiser

Justice Thomas Will Violate Code of Conduct to Headline Conservative Fundraiser
Justice Clarence Thomas will headline a black tie fundraising dinner tomorrow evening for The Federalist Society, which describes itself as “a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.” Its purpose includes “reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.”
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New Conflict-of-Interest Involving Clarence Thomas's Wife?

New Conflict-of-Interest Involving Clarence Thomas's Wife?
Mother Jones is out with a new story about a group of prominent conservatives, including the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, meeting weekly to plan a “30-front war seeking to fundamentally transform the nation,” according to documents obtained by the magazine.
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Former FCC Member: Broadband in State of Emergency, One Third of US Lacks Access

Former FCC Member: Broadband in State of Emergency, One Third of US Lacks Access
A former Federal Communications Commission member says that America's "communities of the ignored" — people with disabilities, minority and diversity groups, rural farmers and villagers, the inner city poor, and Native Americans — are facing stark obstacles in participating online in a world that progressively requires online participation.
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Ben Resnik
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Broken Congress: The Filibuster is Fixable

Right now, all a Senator has to do to shut down a bill is declare a filibuster, then walk away. There’s absolutely nothing to stop partisans from filibustering almost every bill—and that’s exactly what we saw in the 112th Congress, the least productive in history.
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Common Cause: The Young Vote is Alive and Well

Poll data from this past election indicates an increase in millennial voter turnout; even as articles leading up to election day speculated that voter apathy and the “enthusiasm gap” would surely yield a lower percentage of young people turning out.
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Consumers to FCC: Kill 'Cold Texting'

A week before the 2012 presidential election, a marketing firm called ccAdvertising launched a political outreach campaign via text message.
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Giving the Greenlight to Community-Based Broadband Technology

Sick and tired of slow service and high rates, more than 100 communities have taken initiative and built their own community networks. This is the story of Wilson, North Carolina. This small city built Greenlight, a next-generation fiber-optic broadband network that runs circles around the private sector competition.
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