Press Release Archives

Benton Supports FCC's 'Third Way'

The Benton Foundation strongly supports the Third Way as a solution to the challenges of the adverse decision in Comcast v. Federal Communications Commission and a changing marketplace for broadband. The proposal is consistent with pre-2002 classifications of Internet service, which have long held that the transmission component is separable from the information service. Benton urges the FCC to bring its broadband policy in line with current consumer views of broadband and reduces legal uncertainty regarding its authority to pursue the goals of the National Broadband Plan.

Statement on Broadband Talks

The following statement is attributable to Amina Fazlullah, Policy Counsel of the Benton Foundation

We are heartened to hear that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to return to a robust and open public process surrounding the future regulatory framework of broadband.

FCC: Broadband Deployment Not Reaching All Americans

New research from the Federal Communications Commission finds that between 14 and 24 million Americans still lack access to broadband, and the immediate prospects for deployment to them are bleak. The FCC report concludes that the goal of universal availability -- deployment to all Americans -- is not being met in a timely way. The following statement can be attributed to Charles Benton, Benton Foundation CEO and Chairman.

Benton Applauds Administration Efforts to Unleash Spectrum for Wireless Broadband Revolution

On June 28, President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum with the aim of freeing for auction some 500 megahertz of spectrum that is now controlled by the federal government and private companies. The directive supports key recommendations of the National Broadband Plan that the Federal Communications Commission sent to Congress in March. The following statement can be attributed to Benton Foundation Chairman and CEO Charles Benton:

Benton Foundation Expanding Washington Office


Focus on Making Promise of the National Broadband Plan a Reality
Amina Fazlullah Named Policy Counsel; Joanne Hovis Joins Board of Directors

Washington, DC - June 1, 2010 - Benton Foundation Chairman and CEO Charles Benton today named Amina Fazlullah the organization's Policy Counsel, and is pleased to announce that Joanne Hovis has joined the foundation's board of directors.

Benton Reaction to FCC Universal Service recommendations for the National Broadband Plan

At a press event earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced plans to reform the Universal Service Fund (USF) as part of the National Broadband Plan. The following statement may be attributed to Benton Foundation Chairman and CEO Charles Benton: