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How affordable is broadband?

Location:
World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States
Recommendation:
3

There are approximately 20 countries where, despite having broadband prices below five percent of their average income, broadband is still unaffordable for the bottom 40 percent.

FCC Plans $10 Million Fine for Carriers that Breached Consumer Privacy

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
Recommendation:
4

The Federal Communications Commission intends to fine TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel America, Inc. $10 million for several violations of laws protecting the privacy of phone customers’ personal information.

Incentive Auction Progress Report

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
Recommendation:
2

When Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler arrived at the FCC, he described the incentive auction as taking a cutting edge concept to market on deadline. Now is a good time to take stock of where we are and where we are going. It is also time to carefully consider and recalibrate our proposed timing for the commencement of the incentive auction.

AT&T Confirms Apple SIM Gets Locked to Its Network, but Says Switching Carriers Still Easy

Location:
AT&T
208 South Akard St
Dallas, TX 75202
United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel confirmed that customers who use the Apple SIM on AT&T will need another SIM card to switch carriers, but stressed that the device itself remains unlocked.

Cable customers startled by 'Emergency Alerts'

Location:
Austin, TX
United States
Recommendation:
1

AT&T U-verse users saw a strange alert from the White House: It read "this is an Emergency Action Notification."

Chicago Sun-Times reporters to owners: We want answers

Location:
Chicago Sun-Times Chicago, IL
United States
Recommendation:
1

Chicago Sun-Times journalists, who watched one of their political reporters resign, are asking the newspaper's owners for reassurance that they won't seek to influence editorial content.

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