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Missouri Democrat McCaskill Excoriates Big Cable For High Prices
April 5th, 2014
At a cable regulatory meeting (STELA) in DC, Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill scolded cable and satellite providers for high prices and confusing bill practices.

Bill To Rescue Public Access TV Passes CA U&C Committee
by Gary MartinAccess Sacramento
March 27th, 2014
Under a ground swell of 54 support letters and more than a dozen speakers, Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 39, aimed at helping fiscally struggling public, education and government (PEG) cable television channels, earned unanimous 12-0 approval Monday by the Assembly Utilities and Commerce at the California State Capitol.

Shame on Feinstein: CA Senator Responds To The Campaign
March 7th, 2014
Update 3/7/2014: Senator Dianne Feinstein finally responded to the Bay Area-wide Shame on Feinstein campaign.

2014 Hate Crimes Reporting Act Introduced by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
by Michael ScuratoNational Hispanic Media Coalition
NY congressperson Hakeem Jeffries has introduced the 2014 Hate Crimes Reporting Act to collect data on the role of broadcasters and telecommunications in hate crimes.

Federal Court Strikes Down Partial New Neutrality Rules
by Tracy RosenbergMedia Alliance
January 14th, 2014
A DC Appeals Court has struck down the partial network neutrality rules implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the court case Verizon vs FCC.

Google Pays $17 Million Fine for Privacy Violations
by Attorney General of Maryland
The Attorney General alleged that Google’s circumvention of the default privacy settings in Safari for blocking third-party cookies violated state consumer protection and related computer privacy laws. The states claimed that Google failed to inform Safari users that it was circumventing their privacy settings and that Google’s earlier representation that third-party cookies were blocked for Safari users was misleading.

Verizon's Version of Freedom of Information: 300 Blacked-Out Pages
by Elise AckermanForbes
November 1st, 2013
Verizon responded to a NY consumer Freedom of Information Act request with 300 Blacked-out Pages on Voice Link Deployments

Groups Ask FTC to Look Facebook’s Proposed Privacy Changes And Impact On Teens
by Joy SpencerCenter for Digital Democracy
September 18th, 2013
Over 20 public health, media, youth, and consumer advocacy groups sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today objecting to Facebook’s recent proposed changes to its privacy policy. The groups raised concerns about the potential negative impact of these changes on teens.

May 2012 NSA Audit
by National Security AgencyWashington Post
August 19th, 2013
Here is the May 2012 NSA audit documenting 2,776 violations of the blanket surveillance regulatory codes in one year.

Daniel Ellsberg at Restore The Fourth - San Francisco
August 7th, 2013
Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg was one of the featured speakers at the August 4th anti-spying protest.

FCC Votes on 8/9 to Cap Interstate Prison Phone Call Rates to .25/minute
by Gregg McDonaldFairfax Times
August 5th, 2013
Update: On August 9th, the FCC voted (2-1) to cap interstate prison phone rates to .25 minute.

Verizon Abandons Fire Island: Not Yet Says The FCC
Update 8-19: The FCC rejected Verizon's "fast track" request to not rebuild phone lines on Fire Island and forcibly transition residents to Voice-Link "wireless-only" service.

Strange Bedfellows: Bush Security Apparatus Letter to Congress
June 5th, 2013
This letter, signed by a who's who of Bush-era military politicos was sent to Congress before the Amash/Conyers vote.

Statewide PUC Hearings on Wireless Lifeline
Throughout May, June and July, the PUC will hold public hearings throughout California to gather public input on wireless lifeline.

No Such Thing as an Obamaphone: Keeping Universal Service Real
by The Utility Ratepayer Network/CMJhttp://www.turn.org
Soup in every pot, a toilet in every house, America has made promises about what is available to all. One of those things is a phone connection to call for help when needed.

County Allows Outrageous Charges for Inmate Phone Calls
by Tracy RosenbergContra Costa Times/San Jose Mercury News
Op-ed on the disparity between county and state facilities on prison phone calling rates

Oakland Domain Awareness Center Up For A Vote on July 30th at City Council
by Ali WinstonCenter for Investigative Reporting
In the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, the City of Oakland plans to expand a port security program into a state-of-the-art citywide surveillance program providing law enforcement with "situational awareness".

FCC Starts Reviewing Prison Phone Costs
Update 12/28: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Prison Phone Kickbacks has been issued by the Federal Communications Commission

Clear Channel Voter Fraud Billboards Coming Down
by Lauren FoxUS News and World Report
Bain Capital-owned Clear Channel Communications is removing anonymous billboards about voter fraud placed in low-income neighborhoods throughout swing states Ohio and Wisconsin

The Mergers Don't Quit: T-Mobile Announces Plan to Buy Metro PCS
by Hayley TsukayamaWashington Post Tech
On October 3rd, T-Mobile, the nation's 4th largest mobile phone service provider, announced plans to acquire Metro PCS, a smaller provider that also targets the lower income mobile phone user.

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